Leslie Wimes, a community activist in Florida, penned an intensely personal op-ed taking it to President Barack Obama for suggesting it would be “a personal insult” if black Americans fail to turn out in support of Hillary Clinton.
“I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election,” Obama said Saturday while addressing the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference annual Phoenix Awards Dinner.
Wimes didn’t mince her words in responding to the president in an op-ed, “No, President Obama, Black America Doesn’t Owe You a Vote for Hillary!.” The post was published on Monday exclusively in Florida’s Sunshine State News.
I recently wrote that Black America really didn’t want to see you go, but if you keep talking like this, we’ll hold the door open for you.
As I get older, I like to use phrases my grandmother used, and Mr. President, you were smelling yourself that night when you said you would take it as a personal insult if we didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton.
Whether you know it or not, the smell was pure garbage.
Wimes reminded Obama that if blacks support Hillary Clinton, it “should be because she represents the best person for our community compared to Donald Trump, not because it would be a personal affront to YOU.”
“Just like the Democratic Party doesn’t own our votes, neither do you,” she wrote.
The community activist went on to detail some of Clinton’s sins against the black community and to inform Obama that any debt black Americans may have owed him “is more than paid in full.”
Hillary Clinton hasn’t always been a friend to our community, so should we take it as a personal insult that you are now trying to tie our respect for you with a vote for her?
That’s almost like a domestic violence abuser. “If you love me, then you’ll do this! If you don’t do it, then that means you don’t love me.”
President Obama stop it!
Wimes wasn’t finished. She stressed to the president just how offended many where over his comment… and we’re talking plenty offended.
She also pointed out that support for Clinton among many black Americans is wavering, at best.
I think you getting out on the campaign trail for Hillary is great. I think using the line that black people not voting for her is an insult to you is the wrong approach.
It actually stinks of the house Negro telling the field Negroes to go support the mistress or we all are goin’ get in trouble, and I’m sure you don’t want us to feel like that, Mr. President.
Read Leslie Wimes’ full and scathing post in Sunshine State News.
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