By: D. Kimberly
In a recent article on Loop21, D.L. Hughely is quoted criticizing President Obama’s lack of “fight.”
“While out promoting his new book I Want You to Shut The F**k Up: How the Audacity of Dopes is Ruining America, the “King of Comedy” member appeared on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Unmasked and shared his views on how President Obama handles himself against Republican opponents.
“He doesn’t seem to get that you have to be willing at some point to fight fire with fire,” he said. “He’s closer to being a white kid. Intellectually, like his experiences are so different from mine that, I should say, he responds like an intellect as opposed to a regular guy.”
Let’s put this into perspective: Hughley is a former LA Blood gang member. He fought fire with fire quite literally. In fact, it was the loss of his cousin (in a gang dispute) that caused him to have a change of heart. While some may view his words as incendiary and crass; the sentiment is not one uncommon to some in ‘Black America.’ In fact, Obama’s overt aversion to conflict and his affinity for changing his opinion to please the popular public opinion has been a major critique of his opponents – regardless of race. If we use iconic political figures to further the analogy, Hughley would relate to Malcolm X – a former criminal turned unapologetic insurrectionist. President Obama would relate to Medgar Evers – a prolific community organizer whose voice turned into a rallying cry.
Hughley believes President Obama’s “plain” behavior and his “calm” demeanor is the cause for the opposition he has faced during his presidency. What exactly is Hughley calling for? Is he calling for the behavior society defines as being stereotypical “black people behavior.” Should he display aggressive emotion? Obama’s collected demeanor is more intimidating than radical tirades. His “un-rattled” nature exudes an unflinching confidence. Hughley’s approach to politics is born out of the revolutionary grassroots school of thought. President Obama’s unwavering commitment is dedicated to making the policy overhauls necessary to positively affect the lives of the disenfranchised. Despite the disparagement of President Obama’s temperament, it does not negate his appointment and service as Commander-in-chief of the United States – so D.L. Hughley please refer to the title of your book and shut up.