Black People Politics : Some African-Americans say Obama failing to help black community

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  1. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Some African-Americans say Obama failing to help black community

    By Dahleen Glanton and Katherine Skiba, Tribune reporters

    7:57 p.m. CDT, March 17, 2010

    After turning out in record numbers to help elect the first black president, some African-Americans have begun to criticize President Barack Obama for failing to develop economic and social policies targeting the black community, which has suffered disproportionately from the recession.

    The debate over whether the president should address a "black agenda" has deeply divided African-Americans and created a rift between some civil rights activists who prefer to work behind the scenes with the president and prominent leaders who have chosen to voice their concerns publicly. Read More

     
  2. Ankhur

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    Even the most racist arch conservative presidents and canduidates made some promises to the Black community, each election since Johnson, even if it was just to a group of Boule's or "house negro type ministers.

    The record is there
     
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    Here we go with this entitlement garbage.

    How is Tavis Smiley going to criticize President Obama about "helping the black community" when he was touring the nation getting black folks trapped in sub-prime mortgages?

    http://washingtonindependent.com/59...ck-figures-drew-minorities-to-high-rate-loans

    Why are we expecting the Pres. to do anything for us?

    If we want something done, why can't we do it ourselves?

    Oh, I forgot......white supremacy is holding us down!
     
  4. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    :fyi: Right!

     
  5. medusanegrita

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    Any criticism of Obama and his administration are unfounded. Those who criticize him have no idea of the obstacles he is up against and don't count those obstacles as part of the reason for his apparent 'failure.' He hasn't 'failed' anyone, including black people.
     
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    the gument takes more than half a persons income in tax.
    i do not have a problem with getting what ever we can back.
     
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    Again, he isn't our magic savior, we have to do it ourselves
     
  8. Radical Faith

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    Messiah Complex

    Ah yes...I knew it wouldn't be long before some within the African American community would be clamoring to cash in their "Hook a brotha up" card. When we look at the facts, what exactly and more specifically did Barack Obama promise the Black community that addresses the Black community specifically and uniquely from any other community in America? Nothing that I can recall. How much time did he spend in the Black community campaigning? Not a lot. In fact his true mission in the Black community was to undo our misguided love for the Clinton's. Barack Obama is no fool. Though he knew he couldn't win the election or nomination for President with the overwhelming Black vote he also knew he could not win the election or nomination with only the Black vote. This is why he knew all he had to do was just be there. The idea of him just being there was enough for many. He solidified his position by giving eloquent rousing speeches quoting Dr. King in the same style, getting the support of all the Black leadership and getting a few endorsements from Black conservatives like JC Watt and more notable Collin Powell. That's wasn't difficult task at all. Getting a good portion of White votes is where his biggest challenge lie. Even the vilified Reverend Wright called it best. He said something to the effect of "Barack Obama is a politician and say will say and do what is expected of politicians."



    Surprisingly to some for a president who has been quite liberal when it comes to programs and spending for the country as a whole he has been quite conservative as it relates to the Black community. This is actually not a bad thing. Now that the institutional machinery of White American society has a so called Black facade on perhaps Black people will abandon this notion that a great Black messiah is going to swoop down from the heavens like some gift from God and solve all our problems. Maybe we will realize that there is no anointed savior coming to rescue us. If we are to survive and prosper it will be done so collectively by our own efforts.
     
  9. medusanegrita

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    um... no. It's 'hook a sista up... puhleese?'

    How long do I have to wait before I become Chairman of the Social Service Committee of the United States. Dam Obama, I need the HOOK UP!

    As for the rest that you said, I agree.


    Don't blame Obama, He's a Socialist!'

    Ofcourse, who isn't discussing the so-called 'failures' of Obama and his administration.

    Well.... that would be me for one. Not because he's black and I'm black; but because I know it's much easier for me to be a couch potato and criticize the game of football and how the players play than it is for me to get my fat *** out as there and actually play... and be the fumbling laughing stock of the entire game.

    Like a couch potato criticizing football, many of us will lament the failures of a presidential administration without knowing the hard work that goes into it and the adversities, adversaries, and detractors you face - and Obama surely has a lot of them.

    I believe Obama has the will and desire of the people at heart. Not just black people (which makes a lot of us excited with good reason) but EVERYONE. In that sense, from what I've learned about what socialism actually is , his is actually a socialist. That may account for why his popularity is high outside the united states but less so here in the united states.

    Obama is neither the 2nd coming nor the ‘savior of salvation’ for what the nation and economy has endured, but what he offered many of the people that voted for him was HOPE (which coincidentally was his presidential candidate platform. How fitting). Is it HOPE that instead of blacks being relegated to the back burner and MAYBE benefiting from the trickle down effects of white power, it is hope that Obama will keep them in mind and apart of the decisions and policy making. It is HOPE that he isn’t apart of the ‘good ‘ol boys’ network of decision and policy making that seeks to belittle and scapegoat off the blacks of minorities, immigrants, the working class, and the middle class. It is HOPE that things wouldn't be 'business and profits' as usual and the american people can enjoy an balance of economic prosperity that they have seen in more than a decade, or more than several decades (the 1950's?).

    Obama has the common american people in mind but he can’t be that ‘radical’ president that many people want him to be, or the 'radical black president' that many blacks want him to be. He has to tow the line and still appease that of his white constituents, the lobbyist with money (who all but run the american economy with their power to keep corporations here and keep Americans working, or send those jobs and corps overseas thus contributing to our inflation and unemployment); and to the system of checks and balances (his is neither a monarchy or monopoly in which he has all or absolute power).

    As the first black president, he also has an uphill battle against those who seek to counter him at every turn because of his race and color. If you don’t understand the uphill battle that Obama is working against, or how politricks works in the government, then any criticism of Obama is undue and deserved. I am neither critical or praising of Obama’s performance as prez because I know that of which he works for & against. I have no undue expectations of him as a MAN and a black man because I know that which he works for and against.

    People seem to forget that politicians run on PROMISES, and when promises collide with reality, promises often fail. As common people, we don't seem to understand that. All we know is that a politician PROMISED to do this and that.... and when he doesn't deliver we feel let down and we criticize. Obama may have PROMISED an end to the war and healthcare reform – but we are still fighting over oil for our cars, and healthcare is a business run by healthcare LOBBYIST who want to protect their INVESTMENT. Business is about maximizing profit and growth, and that may run counter to what the people need and want. As a healthcare LOBBYIST trying to maximize the profit of the corporates I serve, I don't really care if you need appendix surgery but can't get healthcare because of your preexisting condition. That means not only will I have to fork over money to care for your surgery, but for your preexisting condition too; especially if there are complications with your surgery. Sorry, but that doesn't bode well for my bottom line, and I will NOT let Obama sabatage my bottom line with trying to get universal healthcare for all these sick people. Do you understand?

    And these are the things Obama and his administration has to work against.

    So don't blame Obama. He's a socialist.

    Please check out Michael Moore's 'Capitalism: A Love Story.'
     
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    LOL!!! That's cute...

    As far as criticizing Obama's failures I think he right on task for doing exactly what he was elected to do. Obama is in office by design from a higher authority. And no I'm not talking about God. I'm talking about a global authority that has the next hundred years planned out. Again Obama is just the facade on the machine. He is a figure head for a larger agenda. We can't see it because most of us are using a checker strategy in a game of chess.
     
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