GOP political consultant Raynard Jackson is known for writing articles with a distinctly conservative flair – Frederick Douglass, not Ronald Reagan.
His latest piece, comparing the cognitive dissonance of the “Black elite” in Spike Lee’s classic 1988 film, “School Daze,” to President Barack Obama’s seeming discomfort with speaking unreservedly about the plight of working-class Black Americans, is positioned as a “wake-up call” for the Talented Tenth among us. Taking direct aim at those Black leaders who never challenge the POTUS, Jackson opines that these people tip-toe around his silence on issues affecting people of color to avoid “jeopardizing their invitations to the White House’s Christmas party.”
Not much has changed in the 25 years since the release of School Daze. As a matter of fact, one could argue that this schism within the Black community has gotten worse.
This view is personified in the person of President Barack Obama. He is light skinned, has no connection with the Black community, Ivy League educated, and seems very uncomfortable around Blacks who are not part of the bourgeoisie.
He is more comfortable talking about Newtown than he is Chi-town (Chicago). He hangs with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Hill Harper to give him “street cred.”
Yet, he ignores the very issues that gave birth to the Hip-Hop nation—police brutality, Black on Black crime, teenage pregnancy, the glorification of the drug culture, etc.