Discussion in 'Black People Politics' started by sekou kasimu, Jun 14, 2013.
Has President Obama Been Good For Black People?
How do you answer that question, sekou kasimu?
Peace In the Spirit of Sankofa,
yes and no…...
Could that same remark or answer, yes and no, apply if the other side had won the election, jamesfrmphilly?
The question would read like this:
Has President McCain and Vice President Palin been good for Black People?
Has Obama Done Enough for Black Americans
"Bernard Anderson, a path-breaking African-American economist, understands the importance of rhetoric. He was up front at the Lincoln Memorial when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. And he was in the audience on the Howard University campus in 1965 to hear President Johnson deliver a grim view of the state of black America and declare war on “past injustice and present prejudice.”
So Anderson had high hopes as he sat at home in Pennsylvania watching President Obama deliver his second Inaugural Address this year. He wanted Obama to acknowledge that even five decades after Johnson’s stirring oration, African-Americans in today’s America still struggle against discrimination. And when the president started talking about “We, the people,” the veteran civil-rights champion grew excited. “As he was going through ‘We, the people’ and ‘We, the people,’ my heart started to beat,” Anderson said. But just as fast, his spirits sank. “I didn’t find me among the people he was talking about.”
Eleven days later, Anderson—an early supporter and fundraiser for Obama, an Obama delegate in 2008, and an expert on economic disparities who has been called to the Obama White House several times—allowed himself to vent his frustration and call for more high-level attention to the black community’s economic challenges.
Grumbling that he had heard “not a single blessed word on race” in the Inaugural Address, Anderson told attendees at the fourth annual African-American Economic Summit at Howard, “I believe now is the time for the president to find his voice, summon his courage, and use some of his political capital to eliminate racial inequality in American economic life.” To applause, he added, “We cannot let the president off the hook in the second term. Black people gave him a pass in the first term.... He is not going to run for anything. He doesn’t deserve a pass anymore.”
Anderson and I share similar views relating to the Obama Presidency:
'This conundrum we find ourselves in is unique Alarm Clock. On the one hand, the squeaky wheel normally gets oiled, but in our case, as black people, rather than making the noise to draw the attention of the "electoral politicians," which includes the President, Mr. Barack Obama; we watch and wait, hoping our needs will be met, especially from our first elected black president. While on the other hand, we aren't organized to the extent that our scattered voices can be heard by the electoral politicians, even when we do make noise and squeak.
So, our first black president will go down as a historical figure and not a transformational figure, largely because we continue to fight one another in disunity and can't seem to organize ourselves effectively, as the other groups.'
What exactly is President Obama supposed to do? Be specific please.
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