Posted on April 6, 2011

Obama a “Mouthpiece” for Racist American Policy, City Councilman Charles Barron Says

Graham Rayman, Village Voice, April 5, 2011


[City councilman Charles] Barron, a Brooklyn councilman not known for subtlety, recently accused Obama of being a “mouthpiece for a racist, imperialistic American foreign policy controlled by generals and corporate elites.” He was referring of course to the bombing of Libya, which he says is about “oil and power, not saving people. It’s about maximizing profits.”

Barron also accused the president of attending a $30,000 a plate fundraiser in Harlem without actually talking with any regular folks. “This was the president’s first visit to Harlem since he was elected,” Barron wrote. “Shame on him!”

Barron also said, “Black people did not vote for Barack Obama for him to bomb an African country, Libya. They elected him to stand up like a man against the forces of imperialism. They voted for him to bail out Harlem, where there is 50 percent Black male unemployment, like they bailed out Wall Street.”

“Your first visit to Harlem since being elected is for a bourgeois fundraiser for the Democratic Party and you don’t even have the courtesy to walk the streets of Harlem to meet the masses who put you in office. I hope Black people remember this when [Obama] comes back seeking our vote again.”


President Barack Obama, a man of African descent, bombing an African Country, Libya, killing innocent African people under the false pretense of stopping President Muammar al-Kaddafi from killing his own people, is unconscionable and unacceptable.

Let’s be very clear, President Obama is merely a mouthpiece for a racist imperialistic American foreign policy controlled by generals and corporate elites. The over 162 tomahawk missiles fired from American ships killed more innocent Libyan people than the Civil War between Kaddafi and the so-called rebels killed. By the way, it costs American tax payers over 1 million dollars per missile –over $162 million– and over $600,000 to launch each missile.

The Black community can use that money to respond to the myriad of economic issues that plague our communities.

President Obama had the audacity to come to Harlem last Monday for a $30,000-a-plate fundraiser and not meet with the people of Harlem and address their pressing issues. Harlem’s median income is about $30,000 and Harlem’s poverty rate is about 30%–and this was the president’s first trip to Harlem since being elected. Shame on him!


The real deal is that America wants to control Africa’s oil supply. Obama says that he is only in the war for a “limited amount” of time. He says the war is now turned over to NATO.

Mr. President we are not stupid–NATO is run and controlled by America. In fact, NATO is America and we all know that the president and his European coalition are really out for regime change, even if it means killing President Muammar Al-Kaddafi.


{snip} Who really thinks America is concerned about African people dying in Africa? They don’t care about Black people dying in America. Remember New Orleans. Remember the M.O.V.E bombing in Philadelphia. Remember Sean Bell, 50 bullets. Remember Amadou Diallo, 41 bullets. Remember Timothy Stansbury, a bullet to the heart–all by the New York Police Department (NYPD), and countless others.

Let’s get real. This is about oil and power, not saving people. It’s about maximizing profits.