President Barack Obama (Scott Olson/Getty Images News)
President Barack Obama (Scott Olson/Getty Images News)

Writing at Clutch magazine, Zettler Clay says that the president's "continuation of the hackneyed black pathology rhetoric of his political predecessors" is beyond disappointing.

Fatherhood in black culture is laced with explosives. President Barack Obama seems to have a taste for pyrotechnics.

On Friday, he hit his old Chicago stomping grounds to speak at Hyde Park Academy. The hot button issue in the Chi these days continue to be guns and violence, but Obama didn't spend much time on gun chatter to this group. He talked about fathers in black communities.

"For a lot of young boys and young men in particular, they don't see an example of fathers or grandfathers, uncles, who are in a position to support families and be held up in respect," Obama said. "And so that means that this is not just a gun issue; it's also an issue of the kinds of communities that we're building."

OK, well, he didn't single out "black fathers." He merely spoke to a school resplendent with brown faces about absentee fathers underpinning the urban dysfunction in their neighborhoods.

It was pointed and unmistakable. It was redundant …

Read Zettler Clay's entire piece at Clutch magazine.

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