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Black CEO Sticks By Racially-Charged Comments About Obama

Thursday, 28 May 2015 07:58 PM

Byron Allen isn't backing down from his controversial quip that Barack Obama is a "white president in black face," telling Newsmax TV the commander-in-chief kicked off the war of words by calling African Americans "thugs" and "criminals."

Allen, the wealthy African American CEO of Entertainment Studios, appeared on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Thursday to discuss his racially-charged rant to TMZ.com last week.

On TMZ, Allen accused Obama of not acting "like a black man" — saying he was outraged the president had referred rioters in Baltimore as "thugs." Allen then warned Obama to "remember who you are," and referred to him as a "white President in black face."

Allen, a former stand-up comic and onetime host of NBC's "Real People," told Malzberg:

"This started with President Obama calling us names, calling us thugs, calling us criminals when he knows that we as African Americans have been positioned to fail. Before you call us thugs, before you call us criminals, make sure we get a proper education.

"Make sure that we can get jobs … Under President [George W.] Bush, unemployment in the black community was 10 percent. Under President Obama for the black community it has increased … to 14 percent."

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He accused Obama of bailing out the nation's banks, which in turn, "are not lending money to black people … so black people can start businesses, have businesses, expand business."

"Sixty percent of the people in this country are employed by small businesses, but we can't employ people in our community because we don't have access to capital. So before you call us thugs and criminals, make sure we have access to capital," Allen said.

"President Obama has a horrible habit of speaking down to black America and reprimanding black men. Now you have these white bikers go through Waco and shoot up Waco, he didn't call them thugs or criminals."

"This man even commented on Kanye West being on the MTV Music Awards and called him a jackass because of his behavior."

But Allen said that was not the case when a white, millionaire business executive got called out for allegedly using a racial slur.

"You had a situation where the president of AT&T got caught calling us [the n-word] and the chairman of AT&T … and the board of AT&T did not fire him when that was brought to his attention a year and a half ago but rather he was promoted and given a raise and paid more money," he said.

"And President Obama didn't call them names. President Obama let AT&T get bigger and make more money. AT&T is now buying DirecTV for $67.5 billion."

Last month, AT&T confirmed that it had axed its president Aaron Slator, who had become the subject of a $100 million discrimination lawsuit for allegedly using his phone to send racially offensive images.
 
AT&T said in a statement that Slator has been terminated, saying that there is no place for demeaning behavior within the company, according to The Washington Times. The communications giant said it regretted not taking the action earlier.

Knoyme King, a 50-year-old black woman who worked for Slator, has filed suit against him, AT&T and its CEO, Randall Stephenson.

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Byron Allen isn't backing down from his controversial quip that Barack Obama is a "white president in black face," telling Newsmax TV the commander-in-chief kicked off the war of words by calling African Americans "thugs" and "criminals."
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