We sat down and spoke with Professor Marc Lamont Hill of Columbia University and Fox News.. We spoke with him on a variety of topics including the controversy surrounding former Obama advisor Van Jones who was forced to retire.
Hill talked honestly about the types of mindsets many of his colleagues like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have when it comes to dealing with the Left and what sort of steps we as young people, members of the Hip Hop generation, communities of color and progressives need to do in the face of relentless attacks.
Hill noted that many on the right see the removal of Van Jones as an indication that there is a serious soft spot within the Obama administration and among those who identify with the left. They understand that if they kick up enough dust and yell real loud there will be some sort of concessions made. They know that if they jump start a campaign that targets people within the administration there is a likelihood at the very least they will get an apology from President Obama and the person targeted being tossed under the proverbial political bus.
Hill talks about how its important that people who helped put Barack Obama into office hold him accountable and that they not blindly vote for people without having them promise to champion important issues. Young people, members of the Hip Hop generation, progressives and communities of color can not afford to remain silent
We asked Professor Hill, if his fellow pundits actually belive some of the outlandish claims they make and put out over the airwaves i.e Birther claims. Hill said that O’Reilly to his credit is not into the Birther claims, but Hannity and Beck definitely believe in the stuff they put out and are willing to ride hard for them. He talked about how Hannity once remarked that he could not believe Obama won the Presidency after he spent two years throwing everything at him.
Hill noted that there are many on the left who are quick to give up and try to make friends with a group of people who absolutely will smash on you and take no prisoners. Hill also talked about the short sightedness we have in believing we should ease back on our demands and let Obama ‘have time to figure things out’. He said if you keep doing that you will find issues for poor people and Black people on the back burner and eventually off the table. He scoffed at the notion that Obama has somehow been doing a strategic ‘rope a dope’ act where he is luring his right wing attackers into a trap. Hill noted that no one allows their popularity to dip below 50% and members of their staff to be picked off.
He encouraged folks to organize and seek alternate sources of information and start pushing their issues to the forefront and not to let up until they are addressed. He said it was extremely important that we look at the upcoming 2010 midterm elections where Congress and Senate seats are up for grabs. he said thats the time to hold folks to the fire. he also said young people and progressive need to be working toward starting or joining a third party that best suits their political needs.
This interview is very eye opening…The piodcast is the full 30 minute interview
Below are brief excerpts from our Interview w/ Marc Lamont Hill
Here he speaks about Van Jones and the relentless atacks of the right
Here Marc Lamont Hill speaks about Black leadership and holding Obama and The Democrats accountable