Obama’s speech has been all over the place. It certainly deserves a througoing critique. I’ve thought about writing a long piece on it and may yet, but I needed a little antidote from the liberal fawning over Obama in the press first. There are several excellent conversations going on in the left and among black radicals. I hope to post some of the more trenchant comments soon.
In the meantime, as a contribution to Obama relief I want to draw readers attention to someone who couldn’t be more different than Obama and his lawyerly gravitas. This hour long interview with the late Robert F. Williams done in the 70’s in Tanzania. I had never seen it before a comrade turned me on to it a few weeks ago. I have been interested in Williams for many years so it was like gold. No Luddite I, thank you digital encoding.
He ended is eventful days in Idlewild, Michigan west of here in the old black resort town. His wife Mabel Williams, with her absolute grace, is still active in the freedom struggle and a political presence in Michigan. Williams is one of those remarkable figures in United States history that couldn’t have come from anywhere but here, so a product of a racial culture dominated by white supremacy. Williams is part of a tradition of black resistance going back centuries. His Negroes With Guns was recently re-realsed and a few years ago PBS did a competent, if a little shallow, documentary. Here he gives some of his views in exile.