Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media

For Ishmael Reed, Barack Obama, like Michelangelo’s St. Anthony, is a tormented man, haunted by modern reincarnations of the demonic spirits used to break slaves. These were the “Nigger Breakers”—men like Edward Covey, who was handed the job of breaking Frederick Douglass. “Isn’t it ironic,” writes Reed: “A media that scolded the Jim Crow South in the 1960s now finds itself hosting the bird.” In this collection, which includes several unpublished essays, Ishmael Reed brings to bear his grasp of the four-centuries-long African-American experience as he turns his penetrating gaze on Barack Obama’s election and first year in power—establishing himself as the conscience of a country that was once moved by Martin Luther King’s dream.

Table des matières

Table des matières
Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media 1
Notable East Bay residents hail Obama era's dawn 9
Contents 11
Foreword 13
Introduction 29
Going Old South on Obama / Ma and Pa Clinton Flog Uppity Black Man* 41
The Crazy Rev. Wright 61
Springtime for Benedict and Sarah 73
The Big Let Down / Obama Scolds Black FathersGets Bounce in Polls 101
McCain Gurgles in the Slime 111
Boogiemen / How Lee Atwater Perfected the GOP's Appeal to Racism* 117
The Promised Land? / Morning in Obamerica 127
A Tale of Two Callahans The Irish Black Thing 133
Finally Came the Inaugural / The Inaugural And My Coffee Pot Search 141
How Henry Louis Gates Got Ordained as the Nation's Leading Black Intellectual / Post-Race Scholar Yells Racism 159
Why the Media and its General Public Bought Sgt. Crowley's Lie / Let's All Have a Beer* 171
Obama Souljahs On, Africa This Time 185
From Jubilation at Election Night / To Cries of Kill Him 193
Afterword / Obama, Tiger, Vick, MJ, etc. Is There Any Cure for Negro Mania? 219
Appendix / Poll Shows the Jim Crow Media is Barack Obama's Chief Opponent 245