“We recognize that Barack Hussein Obama is white power in Black face,” yelled Omali Yeshitela, leader of the Black is Back coalition, into a megaphone as she marched outside of the White House.
“Hundreds” of Black Americans peacefully protested President Obama’s current initiatives during his first year in office.
More than 200 hundred people were believed to have gathered at the event which marks the first time a majority Black public display of descent has been displayed against the nation’s first Black President. Those in attendance slung verbal barbs at President Obama, claiming that he is not bringing the “hope” and “change” that he promised while similarly blasting him for what they claim is Washington’s international “imperialist” agenda.
Among the most vocal in attendance was Charles Baron, former Black Panther and New York City councilman, whom was adamant of the President’s apparent lack of concern for the Black community.
“We’re not satisfied with him,” said Baron of one of the most famous Presidents in history. To have a Black person exploiting me just like a white person, that’s no easier pain… this hope and change rap has not been a reality for Black people.”
The group also called for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former member of the Black Panther Party who was convicted of killing a white police officer in 1982. He has since been given the death penalty.