Skip to comments.Blacks at Odds Over Scrutiny of President
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.
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It’s never enough.
At least someone is starting to hold President Obama accountable for his actions.
No sir! Barack is not black enough.
Accountable in the sense that he isn’t sopping enough to the far left black lobby. Oh what is a poor Uniter to do.
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?
I don't think there is any room to the left of Obama. Just that he doesn't want to be seen that way.
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...”
Reverse racism. Let’s see if BO has the audacity to try to institutionalize that.
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.
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?
BO’s intention to grant amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens would really help solve the double digit black unemployment.
Just couldn't help myself. Not that this Jeff Johnson is a bad buy...his name just reminded me of a really funny movie.
bad Guy, not Buy...
How dare blacks criticize The Anointed One? Hopey Changey, baby.
Well, he was called "The Magic Negro" by a black columnist in the LS Times, wasn't he?
The same division exists among white people.
The division is between the intelligent and the stupid.
Color provides no excuses, color offers no immunity from criticism.
“A rose by any other name” etc!
The magic of his Trans America Make Work Brown Shirt Corps, maybe.
Well, black people can’t have it both ways.
Ditch the “racial pride” or become vulnerable to the voices of “racial shame.”
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.
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.
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?
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...
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....
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.
Yes, you are right (as always).
Obama thinks he won American Idol.
Wait until reality dawns on them that Obama isn’t black. He is an Arab and most likely is not a citizen of America.
mark for later reading
I do not care that his skin is dark... but I do care that his soul is dark and evil.
True but the ones who questioned obama from the get go sure took a lot of heat.
“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.
It’s whitey’s fault.
“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.
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.
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.
we still are in some circles