After 8 years of being ignored, condescended to and betrayed, a certain demographic of Black folks are still as susceptible to simple-minded cult of personality politics as they've ever been. Obama appropriated and betrayed the long history of the Black Liberation Movement on absolutely every level. He rode Black petty bourgeois respectability politics and its inherent need for acceptance by the white status quo into a position as the Black face of MILITARIZED Neo-European Imperialism.
If you can gloss over Obama facilitating the biggest military invasion of Africa via AfriCom, the murderous ILLEGAL destruction of Libya, the ILLEGAL assassination of Muammar Mohammed Gaddafi and the recolonization of Haiti via NGOs after he sent Bush II and Clinton there - and at the end of all of that post pictures like he's some retiring star football player - then you have no sophisticated understanding of the Global Black experience and its ongoing struggle with white hegemony.
And, even if one's sense of geo-politics is that limited, how can any Black person not feel the deep betrayal in Obama's relative SILENCE in regards to this police terrorism feeding frenzy on Black women and Black men? Please don't regurgitate some little anecdote that he delivered about Trayvon Martin looking like his son! Stop making excuses for him! The world witnessed one of our children being publicly executed ON FILM by police within a few seconds of their arrival! And afterwards the hegemonic state apparatus made a case for NO CRIME TAKING PLACE - just police procedure that needed to be modified. With the madness that has been going on Chicago with Police for GENERATIONS Obama has said NOTHING about that history. The Black folks who make excuses for him because he's "playing 'the game'" are exposing how they've compromised themselves by moving through the world 'playing the game.' It exposes the ultimate bankruptcy of that notion as a philosophy of liberation for Black people.
There's also this class of Black person who's placed their gender and sexuality politics in a hierarchy over the Black liberation movement as a whole. Despite pretensions to "intersectionality" they still tolerate - sometimes celebrate - the image of Obama in the white house as an advance of some sort for Black people but have a resolute SILENCE in regards to his Militarized betrayal of Afrikan people world wide. Obama can travel to Africa and give ultimatums (backed by Imperial nation-state economic and Military violence) about marriage equality and perceived "homophobia" but never utter a peep about the much more looming genocides with an exponentially HIGHER death count facilitated by white run US multi-national corporations in the Congo as they extract Coltan and other minerals with child slave labor! It seems that the imperial nation-state can create legislation and deploy its agenda via its Black face abroad in regards to sexuality politics, but has a resolute SILENCE in regards to the murder (and rape) of Black boys and girls on a global scale.
Until we AFRIKANS can get our priorities straight on a Global scale we will be the unwitting pawn of white hegemony indefinitely. Pan-Africanism is not an optional tool for Black liberation it is the ESSENTIAL tool.