Skip to comments.Obama has not failed blacks
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.
Hes repeatedly heard it for two reasons. The first is obvious. Hes black, but more than that he actually practiced civil rights law and worked as a community organizer in poor communities on Chicagos South Side.
Therefore hes 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 hes 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 hes not the black president, but the American president. This has always gotten much ink, and ignited public and private criticism that hes 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. Hes 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 Obamas 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 isnt doing enough, or even anything.
Meanwhile, the GOPs 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 Obamas 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. Bushs White House wins. Clinton slightly broke the Democrats 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.
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.
I don’t care about blacks. This bastard has failed AMERICA.
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.
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.
Studies that measure how blacks have fared under GOP versus Democratic presidential administrations presidents including the FIRST TWO YEARS of Obamas 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.
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.
That's the future of ALL cities under the current type of federal govt.
What historic Cross is that you damn idiot?
“Therefore hes 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.
In the proud tradition of Papa Doc, Baby Doc, Robert Mugabe, etc.
The historic cross of his homosexuality?
Yeah, but he's done well for the Muslims.
“Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst”.
And he is a hero to the Cop Haters here.
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.
the race baiter who wrote this may be the only black man to have found work in the Obameconomy.
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?
BUNKUM! Mr. Hutchinson!
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?
Once again his sycophant base comparing his candidacy to Jesus of Nazareth.
They really hate God pretty hard.
Maybe he just hasn’t caused enough Jews to be killed or something. That’s how Al accomplished it.
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