For the record Obama comes from a white woman in Kansas and a Kenyan father. Well, as far as we know. But hey, let’s work slavery into the discussion, just to keep things above board.
Dyson said that the president’s defense of social welfare programs is broadly more preferable than the austerity advocated by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
“What is Paul Ryan’s plan? It’s to hack the at the social programs, it’s to whack the poor and it’s to sack the American dream for them. So, it’s a hack, whack, sack thing for them – I hate to be jingoistic there, but there it is,” Dyson said.
He went on to identify what he believes is the provenance of Obama’s positive views towards the public sector:
The reason Obama knows that the government is not the enemy is because he comes from a people who were owned, and it was a government-sponsored project. If the government sponsored your ownership, the government has to step in. Now, that’s 100, 200 years ago, but we’ve seen the legacy of slavery, economic inequality, Jim Crow laws, all of that stuff operates in our own time.