Op-ed: A comparison of three Black Americans: Williams, Robinson, and Obama

December 8, 2013

Saturday, December 07, 2013

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By Nancy Thorner and Al Boese – 

Three very different Black men — author Walter Williams, baseball player Jackie Robinson and President Barack Obama — have played very different roles in American history.

First, Walter Williams. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Walter E. Williams holds a B.A. in economics from California State University, Los Angeles, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA. He also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Union University and Grove City College, Doctor of Laws from Washington and Jefferson College, and Doctor Honoris Causa en Ciencias Sociales from Universidad Francisco Marroquin, in Guatemala, where he is also Professor Honorario.

So Dr. Williams is not a radical, but a scholar, an historian, an economist, a professor, and also an African American.  To some, Williams is an Uncle Tom.

On December 4, Williams published on Townhall.com a short piece which drew a comparison of Obama to Jackie Robinson.

Those of us old enough to remember were introduced to Jackie Robinson through baseball, a passion held by many in that bygone era. We, therefore, knew Jackie Robinson and respected him, not as a personal friend, none the less we knew him. We also know Barack Obama, and Barack Obama is no Jackie Robinson.

As Walter Williams so eloquently but briefly reminds us in Blacks and Obama:

In 1947, Jackie Robinson, after signing a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization, broke the color barrier in Major League.  He encountered open racist taunt and slurs from fans, opposing tam players and even some members of his own team.  Despite that, his batting average was nearly .300 in his first year. .  . There’s no sense of justice that requires a player be as good as Robinson in order to have a chance in the major leagues, but the hard fact of the matter is that as the first black player he had to be. (Today we can afford an incompetent black ball player.)

It was in a March, 2008 column that Walter Williams argued the importance of the first black president being of the same caliber as a Jackie Robinson, which Williams noted, Obama definitely is not. Then Williams goes on to speak of Obama’s long history of associations with people that hate our nation, further of his association with William Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground.

According to Williams:

.  . . I’m all too fearful that a future black presidential candidate will find himself carrying the heavy baggage of a failed black president, making it a problem for future generations of black Americans.

With the death of Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, December 5 at 95 years, what might Walter Williams set out to write about the behavior of the media and the White House regarding President Obama since Mandela’s death?

As with Jackie Robinson, Walter Williams would likely conclude that Barack Obama is no Nelson Mandela, even though both were the first black presidents of their countries.

As media spin would have it, there would be no Obama if not for a Mandela.  The White House even had the audacity to release a photo of Obama in Mandela’s jail cell (which was a museum at the time), almost as if Obama had likewise spent 27 years himself in prison.

Concerning the political ideology of Mandela, media noted his early ties to Marxism.  But as behooves the scholarly and forthright nature of Walter Williams, might he select words such as the following to describe the ideology differences between Mandela and Obama?:

Mandela was a militant Marxist turned democratic pacifist. Obama, embracing Marxism early on from his mentor Saul Alinsky, has turned into a Marxist Dictator want-a-be manifest by his alarming Executive Orders and imposition of top down planning, use of the IRS as his enforcement vehicle, and the Justice Department as his Judicial System.  Finally, Mandela was modest enough to voluntarily step down after only five years in office while Obama would likely go for a third term driven by his narcissism.

In the final analysis, Mandela had more in common with Clarence Thomas than with Barack Obama.  Like Thomas, Mandela believed in compliance with his nation’s Constitution, unlike Obama who makes end runs around the Constitution every day.

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