TV mogul Byron Allen told TMZ on Saturday that blacks would have been better off with a white president, calling President Barack Obama “a white president in black face.”
“President Obama is at this point a white president in black face. A black America would have done much better with a white president. Look at the numbers. President Obama, you have let us down tremendously. You have let us down,” said Allen, a comedian and television producer, who founded and is the chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios, a global media production and distribution company.
Allen first expressed disappointment with Obama for calling the looters in the Baltimore riots in the wake of the Freddy Gray shooting “thugs.”
In a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 28, 2015, Obama said, “My understanding is, is you’ve got some of the same organizers now going back into these communities to try to clean up in the aftermath of a handful of criminals and thugs who tore up the place.”
“I’m disappointed that President Obama called those young men out there in Baltimore thugs, and I’m not condoning violence, but I don’t think we should call them thugs, because we’ve positioned them to fail and the system has failed them,” Allen said.
Allen then challenged Obama not to forget who he is and said black people were faring worse under his leadership.
“I say to President Obama, you have to remember who you are. Don’t forget who you are. Don’t forget who you are, and I have grave concerns about President Obama, because I feel that it’s factual. Check the numbers,” Allen said. “Black people have fallen further behind under President Obama.
“We’re being murdered in the streets. We’re being murdered in the court room. We’re being murdered in the board room. You’ve caught the biggest corporations using the ‘n-word.’ You have to stand up at some point,” he said.
Allen also accused the president of acting like he’s not black, even calling him “a white president in black face.”
“It’s okay to be the president of the United States and also be a black man. It’s human, and guess what? People will respect you more if you stop acting like you’re not,” he said.
“President Obama is at this point a white president in black face. A black America would have done much better with a white president. Look at the numbers. President Obama, you have let us down tremendously. You have let us down,” Allen added.