Allow me to defend President Barack Obama.
What more can this man do as President of the United States? Professor Michael Eric Dyson and many other Black Leaders are outraged that President Obama hasn't used his authority as President to make the situation in Ferguson better.
First: the last thing President Obama wants to do is speak to the black people of Ferguson as a black man and have the looting and violence continue. This would show he has lost his last shred of authority and dignity with his most loyal base.
Secondly, the President can't take the facts of this case and invent a cause that is noble and just for people to shoot at civilians, police, steal from their neighbors. He also can't excuse and nullify all the criminality that is occurring every night.
Dyson and Spike Lee are not outraged of the black on black violence in Chicago, Washington and Detroit; why are we all now incensed when a police officer kills a black man? (regardless of the facts that show it was most likely a clean incident)
Like the N word, death is apparently acceptable when it comes from the hands of blacks, but outrageous when it comes from whites. Murder is abhorrent. Dehumanizing a race is un-American. We cannot ignore the culture that cannibalizes its own and blame it on racists in a town elected by the same culture.
We have an African American President. He was elected by white people in the majority - twice. This president has bent over backwards to elevate young people to dream to aspire to be a part of the American Dream. This president has done more to bring the Internet, exercise and free everything to people in the inner city who have little of their own. Still, Dyson wants to remind us "It is simply not enough." Nothing is ever enough.
To turn the hatred on the President at this time just underlines what theagenda of soulless peddlers in the bigotry industry is and has been all along: To stoke the embers of inequality and promote racial tension.
Michael Eric Dyson, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Spike Lee went all in on Michael Brown and lost; you went all in on Trayvon Martin and lost. Double down in your own community. Stop expecting government to save you. The one thing that history has taught us is that we must save ourselves. If you don't trust the people you elect in St Louis County, elect other people. There's a process and a schedule for that - it has always been there.
These men have no problem abandoning the cause when it comes to lining their own pockets, but they now speak to inflame the same people they long left behind. Jackson even tried - and #FAILed - to raise money while fanning Ferguson's flames.
How many inner city youths attend your Georgetown classes or afford your degrees, Dr. Dyson? How many can afford your racially based films, Spike? How many black community members donate to your coalitions and think tanks, Reverends Jackson and Sharpton?
These men feed at the trough of the rich to remind them of the poor, but what are they doing to save those they claim to represent? They are pigment whores, blinded by a skin color they exploit and agnostic of personal responsibility or character.
Dr. Martin Luther King's message has been hijacked. And for that, I don't believe that there is a Hell hot enough for any of them.
[Alan Bedenko of ARTVOICE penned a counterpoint to this blog post, here.]