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Dr. West weighs in

12/3/2008, 4:44 a.m.

Besides, a black face in the White House doesn’t mean that the fight against racism is over. There’s still white supremacy, police brutality and discrimination in the workplace, in housing and so forth to deal with.

From Anthony Noel, a Muslim brother: “You, as a person of faith, have made it a point to criticize those of us who condemn homosexuality, and its behavior, as being homophobic. What is your basis for such a criticism?”

As a Christian, I’m Christ-centric, and Jesus did talk about the quality of love and the quality of relations, and I think that it is possible for there to be mature love between same-sex brothers and sisters.

He also asks: “What is your impression, thus far, of Obama’s appointing so few blacks to positions in his administration?”

Give him time, but their color is not as important as what they stand for.

Yeah, look at Clarence Thomas.

Exactly!

Marianne Ilaw asks whether you think that Obama is more palatable to whites because he doesn’t carry the legacy of slavery, and whether his election will usher in a new era where whites opt for exotic-looking blacks, African and Caribbean immigrants and biracials, over those folks whose ancestors toiled in the fields.

No. Obama is a gentle brother with a sweet disposition that doesn’t constitute a threat to white brothers and sisters. Malcolm X was full of rage and righteous indignation. I’m with him, too. I love all different kind of black folks. Malcolm X was a different type of black man from Obama. That doesn’t mean Barack is not honorable. We can appreciate them both.