Transcript and audio remarks by Glen Ford, Dr. Leonard Jeffries and Dr. Donald Smith
Was the election of Barack Obama good for Black people? No, argued BAR's Glen Ford,
Baruch College professor emeritus of education Donald Smith, and two
other distinguished Black educators at a debate in New York's Harlem, last
weekend. Four activists lined up on the other side of the question, before a
crowd of over 1,500. Dr. Smith evaluated Obama based on his "personnel
appointments, post-racial philosophy, and cultural incompatibility." Said Ford: "I'm not mad at Obama. He's just
another cynical center-right politician, doing whatever he can get away with.
The people I'm mad at are the ones who let him get away with it."
Next week the Great Debate moves to Baltimore, with a live webcast on www.livinginblack.com.