My interview with Paul Street


It was my pleasure to talk with independent journalist, policy adviser, and historian Paul Street about his book BARACK OBAMA AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN POLITICS. I read this book because I am very very interested in the role of Barack Obama in U.S. history. I think he is meant to continue the growing divide between rich and poor and I am frankly fascinated with how his skin color is a scapegoat that allows him to do this. The richest 1% in this country profits immensely from the social construction of race which arguably tempers or stifles a lot of meaningful progressive criticism about the policies of the Obama administration. This aired on Thursday, April 21st on my show Freedom Readers, a book talk show that airs on 88.1 FM WPEB, West Philadelphia Community Radio. This was a delightful interview because Paul’s scholarship is not only extremely dense and important to know, but his conversation in these approximate two hours was extremely dense and contained more information that is important to know. It is honor to have this conversation. Check out his website at PaulStreet.org. I told him I plan on reading his latter two books, THE EMPIRE’S NEW CLOTHES and his upcoming CRASHING THE TEA PARTY with Paul Di Maggio very soon. What he writes in his book is information we should all be aware of. To hear this interview, click PLAY below. -RF.

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Author: Dr. Rhone Fraser

Dr. Rhone Fraser is an independent writer and journalist born of Jamaican immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, on October 12, 1979. He moved to Florida in 1989 and graduated from Zephyrhills (FL) High School in 1997. He graduated from Yale University in 2001, after which time he taught in the public school systems in New Haven (CT) and the Bronx for three years. He then began writing independently and finished a documentary play on the life of Fannie Lou Hamer entitled, "Living Sacrifice," for which he still seeks publication. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple as of August 31, 2012. His dissertation was a literary and historical analysis of Pauline Hopkins, A. Philip Randolph and Paul Robeson. He also is a freelance editor and radio producer, and is currently producer of WPEB's Freedom Readers on 88.1 FM in Philadelphia.