Kellman had hired Obama to organize residents of Chicago’s South Side…Roseland and the northern edge of Riverdale, the neighborhoods to which he was assigned, had been decimated by the collapse of the steel industry… “His assignment was to operate in the classic style,”…
Community-Organizers come from outside of the community. An outside organization hires,trains and dispatches (assigns) them to a community in order to mobilize the community to seek the kind of solutions that the organization wants. Communities don’t ask for these people to be sent, they show up and start taking over. Ultimately, the organization seeks to harness the political power of a community for the elitists’ own ends.
The article sugarcoats Alinsky’s ideology and methodology. Alinsky advocated a ruthlessly pragmatic model which sent “community organizers”, modeled on the communist concept of agitators, into local communities to exploit local concerns to build a political movement that would eventually destroy the old order.
Even without Alinsky’s philosophy, it’s clear that community organizers represent a foreign influence on a community. They do not represent the people of a community coming together to solve problems or petition the government. They represent a tool by which a radical elite harvests votes and power from vulnerable communities.
They represent the antithesis of traditional American bottom-upward political actions.