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Blacks at Odds Over Scrutiny of President
WaPo ^ | 4.6.09 | Krissah Thompson

Posted on 04/05/2009 11:30:41 PM PDT by libh8er

Jeff Johnson knows how to make his audiences squirm. The young, black radio and TV political commentator waits for the discussion to turn to the topic being talked about ceaselessly, incessantly, ad nauseam: the meaning of the barrier-breaking election of Barack Obama.

Then, in his laid-back style, he says, "The real issue for me is that history is not enough." That's when the mood becomes tense.

"Black folks, in particular, get irritated," says Johnson, who travels the lecture circuit, hosts a half-hour show on Black Entertainment Television and has a weekly spot for social criticism on a radio program popular with black listeners. Get past "Obama the personality" and see "Obama the president," he says. "Otherwise all you're being is a political-celebrity groupie instead of a citizen. . . . It starts with acknowledging he's my president, and not my homie."

As the nation's first black president settles into the office, a division is deepening between two groups of African Americans: those who want to continue to praise Obama and his historic ascendancy, and those who want to examine him more critically now that the election is over.

Johnson is one of a growing number of black academics, commentators and authors determined to press Obama on issues such as the elimination of racial profiling and the double-digit unemployment rate among blacks.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africanamericans; bet; bho44; bhojobapproval; blackpresident; blackradio; blackvote; first100days; obama; scrutiny

1 posted on 04/05/2009 11:30:42 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: libh8er

It’s never enough.


2 posted on 04/05/2009 11:32:09 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (" the non-objective, imbalanced filter of the echoes in the western media.")
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To: libh8er

At least someone is starting to hold President Obama accountable for his actions.


3 posted on 04/05/2009 11:36:55 PM PDT by screaming eagle2
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To: libh8er

No sir! Barack is not black enough.


4 posted on 04/05/2009 11:38:37 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: screaming eagle2

Accountable in the sense that he isn’t sopping enough to the far left black lobby. Oh what is a poor Uniter to do.


5 posted on 04/05/2009 11:39:50 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: libh8er

I’m somewhat curious how 0 can reduce double-digit unemployment in the black community, when we are nearing double-digit unemployment for the entire population. Magic, perhaps?


6 posted on 04/05/2009 11:41:27 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Accountable in the sense that he isn’t sopping enough to the far left black lobby

I don't think there is any room to the left of Obama. Just that he doesn't want to be seen that way.

7 posted on 04/05/2009 11:41:59 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You’re right; he’s a mix, not black enough.

We’ll hear that when Obama is history and a ‘real’ black runs for office.....”the first real black...”


8 posted on 04/05/2009 11:43:13 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Things were better when cigarette companies could advertise and Lawyers could not.)
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To: ABQHispConservative

Reverse racism. Let’s see if BO has the audacity to try to institutionalize that.


9 posted on 04/05/2009 11:43:42 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Conservatives allow the guilty to be executed but Lefties insist that the innocent be executed.)
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To: ABQHispConservative
I’m somewhat curious how 0 can reduce double-digit unemployment in the black community, when we are nearing double-digit unemployment for the entire population. Magic, perhaps?

You've touched on what Joseph Campbell said about government efforts to bring "equality"--he said you can't "equalize" people UP, you can only pull DOWN those who achieve to the level of those who don't--then everyone is equal at the most base level.

I always think of that when I hear people talking about equality. Do they think Obama or whoever is going to give all poor people a wealthy lifestyle? Of course not--the only logical end to their thinking is to force EVERYONEinto a low-income lifestyle. With government, of course, controlling the excess to make sure it's distributed equally.

10 posted on 04/05/2009 11:45:08 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: libh8er

The TOTUS has a patchwork of positions determined by who surrounds him. Why should he bother bleeding his heart any more for the poor fist waving black, when he got 95% of the black vote?


11 posted on 04/05/2009 11:46:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: libh8er

BO’s intention to grant amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens would really help solve the double digit black unemployment.


12 posted on 04/05/2009 11:47:03 PM PDT by Fee (Peace, prosperity, jobs and common sense)
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To: libh8er
Jeff Johnson...the name you know!

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Just couldn't help myself. Not that this Jeff Johnson is a bad buy...his name just reminded me of a really funny movie.

13 posted on 04/05/2009 11:56:45 PM PDT by kimmie7 (Phasers are set to "Sarcasm")
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To: kimmie7

bad Guy, not Buy...

bed time.


14 posted on 04/05/2009 11:57:07 PM PDT by kimmie7 (Phasers are set to "Sarcasm")
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To: libh8er

How dare blacks criticize The Anointed One? Hopey Changey, baby.


15 posted on 04/05/2009 11:57:43 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Conservatives allow the guilty to be executed but Lefties insist that the innocent be executed.)
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To: ABQHispConservative
I’m somewhat curious how 0 can reduce double-digit unemployment in the black community, when we are nearing double-digit unemployment for the entire population. Magic, perhaps?

Well, he was called "The Magic Negro" by a black columnist in the LS Times, wasn't he?

16 posted on 04/06/2009 12:01:07 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: libh8er
As the nation's first black president settles into the office, a division is deepening between two groups of African Americans: those who want to continue to praise Obama and his historic ascendancy, and those who want to examine him more critically now that the election is over.

The same division exists among white people.

The division is between the intelligent and the stupid.

17 posted on 04/06/2009 12:04:13 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If Bishop D'Arcy finds out a priest is molesting kids, he will boycott the parish's Fall Supper!!!)
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To: libh8er

Color provides no excuses, color offers no immunity from criticism.
“A rose by any other name” etc!


18 posted on 04/06/2009 12:08:42 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: ABQHispConservative

The magic of his Trans America Make Work Brown Shirt Corps, maybe.


19 posted on 04/06/2009 12:17:40 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Well, black people can’t have it both ways.

Ditch the “racial pride” or become vulnerable to the voices of “racial shame.”


20 posted on 04/06/2009 12:18:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: libh8er

bookmark


21 posted on 04/06/2009 12:25:32 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: libh8er
As the nation's first black president settles into the office, a division is deepening between two groups of African Americans: those who want to continue to praise Obama and his historic ascendancy, and those who want to examine him more critically now that the election is over.

Anyone--ANYONE who looks at Hussein and fawns because he is black is behaving like a racist.

My disdain for Hussein has absolutely nothing to do with the color of his skin. I would despise the policies and behaviors of a white man or an Asian or an Eskimo or a Latino with the same vigor as I do Hussein's.

Frankly, all I see from the LameStream Media and liberal people I know is adulation at him...much of it, it appears, is because he is black.

I saw a news story about the NAACP in February--Black History Month--and the "journalist" played the entire inaugural oath by Hussein, before telling us that if it weren't for the liberals at the NAALCP, Obama would never have been elected. The whole thing was revolting--the "journalist" was not telling history, they were engaging in partisan hagiography.

22 posted on 04/06/2009 12:31:33 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: libh8er
Johnson is one of a growing number of black academics, commentators and authors determined to press Obama on issues such as the elimination of racial profiling and the double-digit unemployment rate among blacks.

Given Obama's extreme leftist inclinations, unemployment might well rise to 15 or 20 percent in the very near future, and lead to an increase in social pathology among blacks that will most certainly inflate racial tensions. It'll be interesting to see what blacks think of him then, although my guess is that his support will likely remain high.

23 posted on 04/06/2009 12:43:06 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (What's Black and White and Red all over?)
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To: ABQHispConservative

No, just socialism. Obama WILL make people equal. Unfortunately he will do this by increasing the white community unemployment rate to the black community rate, as opposed to reducing the black one to the white one.

Socialism does make people equal. Unfortunately, who wants to be equally miserable?


24 posted on 04/06/2009 1:26:21 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Loud Mime
We’ll hear that when Obama is history and a ‘real’ black runs for office.....”the first real black...”

The media will need to pull double and triple time covering for the ignorant bastard. If Obama's performance even slightly gets tied to race, then even 1,000 race cards and a large acorn won't help another minority get elected. Obama has made race a major issue since he's become President, embracing and praising even the likes of the racist, sob socialist Lula of Brasil after his hateful commentary. Let's not forget the "hate reverend" wright that obama visited for 20 years with nary a peep against his racist rants.

All I see is a backlash building. How it manifests depends on how intact our Republic is during the next round of elections. Should it not be intact, then the backlash can't really take place as votes...

25 posted on 04/06/2009 2:42:48 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: libh8er
Johnson is one of a growing number of black academics, commentators and authors determined to press Obama on issues such as the elimination of racial profiling and the double-digit unemployment rate among blacks.

What about Obama's mad push towards nationalized socialism? Obama's control of banks, the auto industry, the energy industry, the health industry. What about Obama's massive tax increases, and his unsustainable and out of control budget proposals. What about Obama's push to fund abortions and force doctors to perform them. Obama is pushing us to a government that looks an awful lot like NAZI Germany, and all they care about is racial profiling....

26 posted on 04/06/2009 2:50:36 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: libh8er

When I was at Parris Island, the “splibs” (I’m sure that word isn’t used there any more) were allowed to punish one of their own for jumping ahead in the chow line. I’ve seen some pretty brutal punishment for much smaller offenses.
What I saw that day convinced me that they would protect each other against “the man” even if they were slicing each other up with switchblades. They didn’t make him do diddly.
It’s been almost 40 years and I have never had any reason to change my thinking. Truth and justice get trumped by race the vast majority of the time.


27 posted on 04/06/2009 2:56:54 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Always Right

Yes, you are right (as always).


28 posted on 04/06/2009 2:58:31 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
If history is any guide, let us consider Obama’s amazing success eliminating racial profiling & double-digit unemployment rate among blacks in ChiTown and IL. After all he did spend 20 years, most of his adult life, Community Organizering, State/US Senatorin’, Constitutional Lawyerin’ and campaign $$ gatherin'. Patience Bros, as soon as he fixes all the big problems in the world, he'll get back to his Homies’....in the meantime have a pretty pony or a Gazebo and keep the faith/s.
Great time line on Obama: http://www.colony14.net/id41.html
29 posted on 04/06/2009 3:01:57 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: libh8er

Obama thinks he won American Idol.


30 posted on 04/06/2009 4:08:30 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (To stand up for Capitalism is to hope Teleprompter Boy fails.)
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To: libh8er

Wait until reality dawns on them that Obama isn’t black. He is an Arab and most likely is not a citizen of America.


31 posted on 04/06/2009 4:14:09 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: libh8er

mark for later reading


32 posted on 04/06/2009 4:56:38 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (Washington couldnt tell a lie. Clinton couldnt tell truth. Barney Frank cant tell the difference.)
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To: libh8er

I do not care that his skin is dark... but I do care that his soul is dark and evil.

LLS


33 posted on 04/06/2009 5:10:13 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: screaming eagle2

True but the ones who questioned obama from the get go sure took a lot of heat.


34 posted on 04/06/2009 5:15:36 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: libh8er

“and those who want to examine him more critically now that the election is over.”

Of course, he was the right color and that was the only important thing BEFORE the election. They want to critque him NOW, 6 months after he’s already won.

Sorry, I have no respect for this radio host or those in the African American community who refused to see this idiot for what he is when it mattered. We’re stuck with him now thanks to these lemmings.


35 posted on 04/06/2009 5:23:37 AM PDT by JenB987
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To: libh8er

It’s whitey’s fault.


36 posted on 04/06/2009 5:37:37 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people ----- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: screaming eagle2

“At least someone is starting to hold President Obama accountable for his actions.”

Not really. This fellow Jeff Johnson seems only to be concerned about what The Bammer can do for blacks, and is critical if he thinks The Bammer isn’t doing as much as he (Johnson) wants.

Let’s face it: It’s all about race; first, foremost, and always. Race trumps all for people such as Mr. Johnson.


37 posted on 04/06/2009 5:51:15 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Libh8r

He’s not OPENLY sopping enough to the “black lobby”,

but if you examine all of his policies so far by who benefits and who pays,

they’re all de facto reparations, using proxy groupings instead of race.


38 posted on 04/06/2009 5:54:09 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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To: libh8er

Comments from any black FReepers would be welcome. Is there any “it’s our turn to oppress whitey” talk going on among formerly mainstream black folks? First hand only, for fairness.


39 posted on 04/06/2009 6:15:31 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Vaduz

we still are in some circles


40 posted on 04/07/2009 7:48:50 AM PDT by screaming eagle2
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