Barack Needs to Return to His Roots as an Organizer if Obama Center to Flourish
The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 16, 2018 | Mary Mitchell
Posted on 5/17/2018, 2:03:25 PM by PBRCat
If former President Barack Obama wants the Obama Presidential Center to define his legacy, he’s going to have to let life go full circle.
That means climbing off his presidential high horse and returning to his roots as a community organizer.
Once Obama announced his library would be in Chicago, it was as if the former president had suddenly turned into a greedy real estate developer.
And unfortunately, the manner in which the project was unveiled wasn’t inclusive.
Jeanette Taylor, the education director for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Taylor said she asked the former president why he wouldn’t sign a CBA.
Taylor said Obama told her, “I was a community organizer . . . I know the neighborhood. I know that the minute you start saying, ‘Well we’re thinking about signing something that will determine who’s getting jobs and contracts and this and that,’ . . . next thing I know, I’ve got 20 organizations coming out of the woodwork.”
“He’s got a lot of nerve saying that,” Taylor told Politco. “He’s forgotten who he is. He forgot the community got him where he is,” she said.
The relationship between the Obama Foundation and the activist community has been adversarial ever since.
Right now, there is so little trust between the Obama Foundation and grass-roots activists, we might as well be talking about the Chicago Police Department and Black Lives Matter.
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