Guilty of Being President While Black
by D.T. Pollard
Book Review by Kam Williams
“This book is an inspiration that came to me after witnessing the disrespect and venom expressed towards President Obama... people bearing signs depicting him as Hitler, a socialist or a tyrant. Something much deeper was at play and it centered on race.
One thing I know like the back of my hand is what it is like to be a black man in
-Excerpted from the Introduction (page 1)
Part of the daily burden of being black in
This sad truth was ostensibly operating in the mind of D.T. Pollard when he reacted to all the irrational hostility being directed at Barack Obama since becoming President. Besides a 400% escalation in death threats reported by the Secret Service, he observed everything ranging from a website selling an Obama sock monkey to a photo-shopped portrait of the White House lawn filled with watermelons to a U.S. Congressman interrupting the President’s speech by shouting “You lied!”
Worse than such insults have been the subtle calls for his assassination, such as the one leveled by Steven Anderson, a Baptist minister in
As compelling as the author’s recounting of the resentment of Obama is the chapter dedicated to quoting Jim Crow laws mandating the segregation of theaters, schools, libraries, trains, parks, restaurants, hospitals, bathrooms, cemeteries, mental institutions and even homes for the blind.
A powerful reminder that the past isn’t dead. In fact, judging by the color-coded dissing of Obama, it ain’t even past.