(September 14, 2012) I read Tom Hayden's piece several days ago and think it is so beneath him -- particularly the "white liberal-left" and "white blindness" racist condescensions. There are, of course, many in the Black community who are justifiably appalled at Obama's performance (or lack thereof).
See: What Obama Has Wrought and Betrayal and the Insidious Dumbing Down of Black America.
If Hayden wants to make this about race, perhaps he should focus on the fact that, after four years of Obama, far more Blacks are living in poverty and four times as many Black women in the U.S. are dying in connection with pregnancy and childbirth than White women.
Hayden never would have written such an apologist piece for an imperial militarist and corporatist regime in the '60s or '70s. Can you imagine such a piece by him then, gushingly endorsing Nixon because of his overtures to China, his signing of the Clean Air Act, and his establishment of the EPA?
This is the piece written by Tom Hayden to which Rocky Anderson has responded -- Saving Obama, Saving Ourselves. (Note: This was obtained from peace activist David Swanson's web site, WarIsACrime.org.)
What Obama Has Wrought, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report
The Obama’s are a global capital-loving couple, two cynical lawyers on hire to the wealthiest and the ghastliest.
Betrayal and the Insidious Dumbing Down of Black America, Larry Pinkney, Black Commentator
The black intelligensia knows full well that the current political skirmishes between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are nothing more than a well-perpetuated, systemic farce.