One of Barack Obama’s first official acts upon being sworn in as President of the United States was to return a bust of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill to Britain. The bust, which once occupied the Oval Office, had been loaned to George W. Bush by the British government in a show of solidarity after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Was this Obama’s rejection of international support against Muslim extremism? Or was it much more than that?
While this action created tension between the US and the UK (which would be later exacerbated by Obama’s shabby treatment of our ally), many observers surmised that this was a symbolic slight meant to punish the British government’s imperialistic policies of the past – in particular, those which had detrimentally affected the people of Kenya, from whence Barack Obama Sr., had come.
There is a more likely explanation, if one understands that the President’s biological father was in fact Malcolm X, rather than Barack Obama Sr. The slight against the Obama’s sensibilities was far more painful.
Just three days before his father’s assassination, England had considered banning Malcolm forever from its soil.
On February 12, 1965, while in England on other business, Malcolm manipulated his hosts in the press into driving him 100 miles out of the way to the town of Smethwick, specifically to rabble rouse. Smethwick had been experiencing racial tension, which some said “had come to symbolise English racism.” In one of the flamboyant and confrontational displays that had become his signature, Malcolm showed up replete with television cameras and the press, telling reporters he had heard that blacks in Smethwick were “being treated as the Jews under Hitler,” and that “I would not wait for the fascist element in Smethwick to erect gas ovens.”
The British government did not appreciate Malcolm’s uninvited, militant interference. On February 18, 1965, Peter Griffiths, Conservative Party Member of Parliament for the town of Smethwick, requested the Secretary of State for Britain’s Home Department to declare Malcolm X an undesirable alien and ensure that he would be refused entry to the UK in the future.
I suppose Obama figured that since England dissed his daddy, it was his duty to pay them back. So, he kicked England out of America the way they tried to kick Malcolm out of England.