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Obama has not failed blacks
The Los Angeles Wave ^ | July 3, 2014 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Posted on 07/15/2014 8:49:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

From the moment that he set foot in the White House in January 2009, President Barack Obama has had to hear the silly charge that he has miserably failed blacks.

He’s repeatedly heard it for two reasons. The first is obvious. He’s black, but more than that he actually practiced civil rights law and worked as a community organizer in poor communities on Chicago’s South Side.

Therefore he’s supposed to have an even greater sensitivity to the plight of the black poor. And because of that he has a duty, obligation and even mission to use the power and prestige of the office to do and say more for blacks.

The other reason is pragmatic. Blacks backed him in record numbers in his 2008 and 2012 election campaigns. Despite the relentless beating he’s taken from the GOP, the legions of bloggers, websites, talk show jocks, tea party leaders and followers, and assorted racist and fringe hate groups for six years, blacks have remained his staunchest supporters even when they privately grumble that he should do more for them, especially since he no longer has to seek re-election.

But what is more? Obama has on occasion had to remind the black critics that he’s not the black president, but the American president. This has always gotten much ink, and ignited public and private criticism that he’s not doing enough.

But he has also reminded that he has proposed, backed, implemented, enacted and increased funding for initiatives and legislation and signed executive orders that have boosted blacks in education and business. He’s made the first real White House effort in decades to take some action to bring some modicum of fairness to the horribly race-tinged sentencing and incarceration pipeline for legions of blacks.

The number of low-income blacks that have enrolled in the insurance exchanges with subsidies more than bear out that his signature Affordable Care Act gave them first-time access to affordable health care. This has given thousands of blacks who faced life-threatening illnesses a new lease on life. This and his other initiatives have mostly flown low under the radar, been ignored, deliberately minimized or distorted by Obama’s black critics.

Obama has refused to say that any of his initiatives and programs were aimed at blacks. The absence of this frank statement and the longing of many blacks to hear him say that fuels the perception and frustration that he isn’t doing enough, or even anything.

Meanwhile, the GOP’s black attack surrogates delight in lashing Obama with alleged figures that show that blacks have supposedly fallen further down the economic ladder during his administration than under Bush. This is crass and cynical cherry picking the stats to make a trumped up case that Obama is no friend of blacks and therefore they should be no friend of his.

The facts are different. Studies that measure how blacks have fared under GOP versus Democratic presidential administrations presidents including the first two years of Obama’s show that blacks have increased their annual average income, including black family income, employment, and decreased their poverty rate under Democratic presidents. At the same time, arrest rates have declined significantly faster under Democrats than Republicans.

The gains blacks have made under Obama have been even more remarkable given the other historic cross that he has had to bear.

For a quarter century before Bill Clinton won the White House in 1992, Democrats were regarded and reviled by conservatives as the party that tilted to and pandered to minorities. The backlash was swift and devastating.

Blue collar and rural white males deserted the Democrats in droves. Their sprint to the GOP became the reliable trump card for Reagan, Bush Sr. and George W. Bush’s White House wins. Clinton slightly broke the Democrat’s slide among whites, particularly white males.

But he had to reverse gears and tout a strong defense, the war against terrorism, tax reform for the middle class, pro-business solutions to joblessness and, most importantly, tip toe around civil rights and poverty issues.

Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and John Kerry followed the Clinton blueprint to the letter during their campaigns. If either had won, the likelihood is they would not have made these problems priority items in their White House tenure.

Yet, Obama has made jobs, health care and sentencing reform priority items even while having to maintain his presidency as race-neutral. This approach has angered some blacks but it has not given the Obama baiters anywhere to go with the issue of race.

The end game is not what appearance Obama has had to show to the public but what tangible gains blacks have made. On this, Obama can claim much has been done even as he continues to hear the silly charge that he has failed blacks.

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a frequent political commentator on MSNBC and a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. He is the author of “How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: blacks; economy; obama
Nothing is his fault and nothing can ever be his fault.
1 posted on 07/15/2014 8:49:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t care about blacks. This bastard has failed AMERICA.


2 posted on 07/15/2014 8:54:03 PM PDT by Argus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry. Blacks sucker voted for Zero and he shipped in Mexicans to replace them.

Their unemployment numbers are higher than ever. The failed black messiah has failed Obama, but worse their continuing reliance on progressive programs and solutions despite their circumstances approaches mental illness.

Look at Detroit. That’s the future of all Rat cities.


3 posted on 07/15/2014 8:56:16 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Considering that there are more blacks on the dole then ever in the history of the US, I think Obama has failed his black constituency and therefore America.


4 posted on 07/15/2014 8:57:34 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Studies that measure how blacks have fared under GOP versus Democratic presidential administrations presidents including the FIRST TWO YEARS of Obama’s show that blacks have increased their annual average income, including black family income, employment, and decreased their poverty rate under Democratic presidents.

Isn’t it interesting how he cut off the study at 2010. He doesn’t want to talk about what’s happened since.


5 posted on 07/15/2014 8:58:55 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love reading history especially history of Germany during the Nazi regime. I note chilling parallels of the way the media there and now here are so similar.


6 posted on 07/15/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT by SkyDancer (When the government is above the law, it's called fascism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't want anybody ever again that is this unaccountable, irresponsible, lawless and incompetent to come near the white house. Obama's presidency has show that presidents need to hold real qualifications and experience in order to be competent at the job. They also need to have a certain moral fiber about them which liberal democrats like Obama are completely lacking.
7 posted on 07/15/2014 9:01:24 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: TigerClaws
Look at Detroit. That’s the future of all Rat cities.

That's the future of ALL cities under the current type of federal govt.

8 posted on 07/15/2014 9:04:10 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The gains blacks have made under Obama have been even more remarkable given the other historic cross that he has had to bear.



What historic Cross is that you damn idiot?

9 posted on 07/15/2014 9:04:20 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Therefore he’s supposed to have an even greater sensitivity to the plight of the black poor.”

Why ? He’s never been around a poor black person in his life. Even if they are in his own family.


10 posted on 07/15/2014 9:04:31 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In the proud tradition of Papa Doc, Baby Doc, Robert Mugabe, etc.


11 posted on 07/15/2014 9:05:21 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: eyedigress

The historic cross of his homosexuality?


12 posted on 07/15/2014 9:06:54 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: doc1019
I think Obama has failed his black constituency and therefore America.

Yeah, but he's done well for the Muslims.

13 posted on 07/15/2014 9:07:05 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst”.

And he is a hero to the Cop Haters here.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3176922/posts

I don’t mean to hijack the post, but Earl is always trying to make himself a big player in the race game.

He hasn’t quite got to the Sharpton level yet.


14 posted on 07/15/2014 9:07:40 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the race baiter who wrote this may be the only black man to have found work in the Obameconomy.


15 posted on 07/15/2014 9:08:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: TigerClaws
Quiet, you!

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is entitled to his own facts and they are (or is) just as good as any white man's facts. The Negroes are doing just fabulous under Obama, thank you.

In fact, unlike what most white people think, there has been absolutely no increase in anti-social behavior in the 'hood since Barry took over.

In fact, except for the weekend and some evenings, last week Chicago had a shooting death toll almost lower than Baghdad's. Taking the death toll on a monthly basis, the Black community is doing almost as well as Gaza.

Problem? Why do you right wing racists always see problems?

16 posted on 07/15/2014 9:08:41 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The GOP is dying. What do we do now?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BUNKUM! Mr. Hutchinson!

PURE BUNKUM!


17 posted on 07/15/2014 9:14:27 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: eyedigress
What historic Cross is that you damn idiot?

What's wrong with you? Where's your reading comprehension? The author is obviously referring to the historic cross of being foreign-born... um, right?

Regards,

18 posted on 07/15/2014 9:14:29 PM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Once again his sycophant base comparing his candidacy to Jesus of Nazareth.

They really hate God pretty hard.


19 posted on 07/15/2014 9:14:53 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: ifinnegan

Maybe he just hasn’t caused enough Jews to be killed or something. That’s how Al accomplished it.


20 posted on 07/15/2014 9:21:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: SkyDancer

Having spent most of my adult life reading and studying German socialism during WWII as an avocation, I not only find parallels in what is happening today chilling, but strikingly goose stepping, step, by step, as if Obama was reading Hitler’s roadmap.


21 posted on 07/15/2014 9:23:47 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019
Gore Vidal used to say there's a smell of Weimar in the air.

I think we've moved past that.

22 posted on 07/15/2014 9:27:22 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Blacks are doing so good now there is no need to hire them anymore.


23 posted on 07/15/2014 9:30:17 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: SkyDancer

How’s that?


24 posted on 07/15/2014 9:50:01 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well then. That settles that.


25 posted on 07/15/2014 9:52:33 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: bringing joy to the hearts of Terrorists everywhere.)
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To: doc1019
Considering that there are more blacks on the dole then ever in the history of the US, I think Obama has failed his black constituency and therefore America.

It's all a matter of perception.

We feel that having more blacks on the dole is indicative of Obama's failure.

This author seems to think that blacks receiving more public assistance and racial preferences is an indication of Obama's success.

The author just wants Obama to take credit for it publicly.

26 posted on 07/15/2014 10:06:40 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: oldbrowser

And doesn’t want Obama to fail.


27 posted on 07/15/2014 10:08:35 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

‘Mr. Clean’ is really smooching Obama’s butt with this one.
Usually he tries to pretend to some objectivity, like Pitts.


28 posted on 07/15/2014 10:17:22 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Yes, I noticed that - he went from talking about blacks under Obama to talking about blacks under Democrat presidents in general, stopping in 2010! He presents no actual statistics, no proof whatsoever that what he is asserting is true.


29 posted on 07/15/2014 10:22:01 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Hutchinson...


30 posted on 07/15/2014 10:23:40 PM PDT by RichInOC (Obama: It's Because I'm Black, Isn't It?)
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To: RichInOC

The guy next to the podium on the speaker’s left IS EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON!!! LOL


31 posted on 07/15/2014 10:28:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, I thought I recognized him before. Makes it so much better, doesn’t it?


32 posted on 07/15/2014 10:36:38 PM PDT by RichInOC (Obama: It's Because I'm Black, Isn't It?)
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To: doc1019
Considering that there are more blacks on the dole then ever in the history of the US, I think Obama has failed his black constituency and therefore America.

But blacks are griping about Obama because still more of them are not on the dole.

33 posted on 07/15/2014 10:40:42 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: eyedigress

The skids have been greased for the Obamanation since his childhood.


34 posted on 07/15/2014 10:42:40 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He failed humanity and decency. But, like a malevolent computer, he doesn’t make mistakes - what he does, he does on purpose.


35 posted on 07/16/2014 3:10:35 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So many lies. Anyone who believes Obama cares about “blacks” is delusional. I have much more in common with black Americans than Obama does. I hate that man more every day.


36 posted on 07/16/2014 4:36:29 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

His father, Earl Hutchinson Sr., is the lead author of A Colored Man’s Journey Through 20th Century Segregated America. His daughter Sikivu Hutchinson is a feminist atheist activist and author.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Ofari_Hutchinson

His daughter is a “feminist atheist activist”. I don’t even know where to begin.


37 posted on 07/16/2014 4:39:25 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another brilliant article by this “author”:

Earl Ofari Hutchinson: GOP Hypocrisy Rides High on Border Crisis

Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2014/07/earl-ofari-hutchinson-gop-hypocrisy-rides-high-on-border-crisis/#ABFo5cUp8Rr9fl1C.99

Liberals, especially liberals “of color” (is that the PC term this week?), are idiots.


38 posted on 07/16/2014 4:41:30 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“but it has not given the Obama baiters anywhere to go with the issue of race.”....Tell that to Eric Holder


39 posted on 07/16/2014 4:45:41 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I don’t even know where to begin.

If one might make a suggestion?
Start hanging out with girls named "Sikivu" instead of women named "Sarah."

40 posted on 07/16/2014 5:12:10 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The GOP is dying. What do we do now?)
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To: Kenny Bunk

LOL Good advice.


41 posted on 07/16/2014 5:41:07 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: MNDude

The way the press slobbers all over itself in stories on 0bama, secondly the way 0bama chooses what laws he and his regime want to obey and which ones to ignore. Perhaps even better would be North Korea’s Dear Leader. In any case the way our government is dealing with us it’s what my tagline is all about.


42 posted on 07/16/2014 6:02:19 AM PDT by SkyDancer (When the government is above the law, it's called fascism.)
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To: All

‘She Once Thought Obama Was the Messiah. Now She Says ‘He Lied About Everything’ (Video)’

In October 2008, she made an emotional statement that quickly became iconic in the presidential race — both to Obama’s swooning fans and his lambasting critics.

Peggy Joseph said this, minutes after an Obama speech in Sarasota, Florida, just days before the election…

I never thought this day would ever happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know. If I help [Obama], he’s gonna help me.”

Yep, you remember that. It quickly went viral, amassing 3 million views in just 48 hours.

Read more at http://toprightnews.com/?p=4505


43 posted on 07/16/2014 7:15:07 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (‘You can avoid reality, but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.’)
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