Try to imagine what would happen if a white, conservative celebrity with a high profile in Hollywood called Barack Obama “a white president in blackface.” It would likely be quite easy to conjure up images of cities on fire over the incendiary remark — massive crowds turning violent, arson and looting, enraged protestors confronting police in a nationwide display of intense disgust at the insult to the first black President of the United States.
So, have you seen the streets erupt in violence since a black comedian and TV producer uttered those five inflammatory words about Obama: “a white president in blackface?” No, you haven’t witnessed any mass display of outrage or any widespread demand for an apology or any insistence that the celebrity be stripped of power and prestige. You haven’t seen that Byron Allen — founder of the TV production company Entertainment Studios — has been chastised, chastened or disgraced.
As The Daily Mail reports, the 54-year-old Detroit native gave a rambling sidewalk interview that was obtained by TMZ in which he blasted Obama for not doing enough to help the African American population in the United States. Not only did Allen fire off the “blackface” remark, he also cut loose with the stinging criticism that “black America would have done much better with a white president.”
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The article in The Daily Mail notes several telling statistics that support Byron Allen’s criticism of the president:
In 2013, black unemployment rose from 12.7 per cent to 13.8 per cent, compared to a drop from 8 to 6.8 per cent for white Americans.
The average white citizen is 22 times better off than the average black citizen.
Homeownership has not been so racially lopsided since 1990.
By clicking on the video above, you can watch why Byron Allen says he has “grave concerns” about President Obama, who, he says, has “let us down tremendously.”