Media Matters: Cunningham on Obama Sr.: “That’s what black fathers do. They simply leave”

Media Matters

Cunningham on Obama Sr.: “That’s what black fathers do. They simply leave”

On the October 28 broadcast of his Cincinnati-based radio show, Bill Cunningham stated of Sen. Barack Obama’s childhood: “[I]magine at the age of 1 or 2 seeing your father for the last time. See, his father was a typical black father who, right after the birth, left the baby. That’s what black fathers do. They simply leave.”

Cunningham went on to say: “And so he was raised in that environment by a communist mother who hooks up with a guy named Barry Soetoro, who is a radical Muslim, and they quickly fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, which is where Barry Obama was raised as a little boy. And then he was rejected again by his mother at the age of 10 and sent to Honolulu. And that’s all fine, he had nothing to do with it, he was a victim. … But it’s who he is.” In fact, Obama’s stepfather was named Lolo Soetoro, and contrary to Cunningham’s claim that Soetoro was “a radical Muslim,”The New York Times has described him as “a nominal Muslim who hung prayer beads over his bed but enjoyed bacon, which Islam forbids,” and the Chicago Tribune described him as “much more of a free spirit than a devout Muslim.”

Talkers Magazine lists Cunningham among its “Heavy Hundred,” which it describes as the “100 most important radio talk show hosts in America.” Cunningham’s weekend show, Live on Sunday Night, it’s Bill Cunningham, is syndicated nationally by Premiere Radio Networks.

One Response

  1. His statement about black fatherhood enrages me. They are so quick to point out black fathers leaving as though we are the only race with dead beat dads. White fathers leave their children as well and they also refuse to pay child support. While they are busy pointing fingers they fail to mention everything that white people have done throughout history to undermine the black family.

    My father was day that I was born. I never once went hungry, I had everything I needed and he did whatever he could to ensure that my brothers and I were well taken care of. He is not alone in this. My uncles his brothers have stood by their children in the same manor. Not every father leaves and it is time we start to help those that struggling under the crushing social conditions that attack black masculinity.

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