Great post from Kathy. I don't quite get this either. Mickey calls on Obama to do cynical Sista Souljah move--repeatedly as Kathy points out. Obama refuses to play black folks in that manner, indeed recoils from it, but still substantively addresses the issue of doing for self. Mickey's response? How dare Barack Obama seriously engage black voters, instead of using them to curry favor with whites!! How dare he actually act like, you know, a black guy running for president....or a white guy with even an ounce of class...

There is a certain type of public intellectual that's made a career speaking on race, that will be in trouble should Obama win. God forbid these dudes actually have to search for some framework beyond whether Harvard should have affirmative action at its law school. Or whether welfare--ten years after it was reformed--destroyed the black family...

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