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One Black Woman's Personal Mission To Reelect Obama
LATimes ^ | December 11, 2011 | Mark Z. Barabak

Posted on 12/11/2011 8:22:05 PM PST by Steelfish

One Black Woman's Personal Mission To Reelect Obama The president may need an even bigger African American turnout this time — and political dynamos like Gerri Hall to help him get it.

Gerri Hall, a lifelong Democrat who grew up poor in Mississippi, has made it her personal goal to see that President Obama is reelected. This time around, Obama's chances may depend even more on a strong turnout by black voters. December 11, 2011

By Mark Z. Barabak December 11, 2011 Reporting from Flint, Mich.— Growing up poor and black in Mississippi, Gerri Hall learned there was a meanness in the world, a set of laws and customs aimed at people like her, which her mother tried to explain once when they were forced to stand aside and let a white lady use the sidewalk.

"Honey," Hall remembers her mother saying, "that's just the way it is in Mississippi."

But there was also love and pride and determination in rural Greenwood, along with a belief that things could and would eventually change — and the way to change them was within her grasp.

"In order to make a difference," Hall says her father often told her, "you've got to understand politics and get involved."

Fifty years later, there is a black man in the White House and Hall is firmly rooted in the middle class, with a nice home in a leafy neighborhood, a pension from her 30-year job at General Motors and enough savings to help her grown son buy a starter place of his own.

"Things have definitely gotten better," she allows, "in terms of tolerance and coexistence and people getting along."

Hall is not, however, satisfied. For the next year, she has one overriding goal: to see that President Obama wins a second term...

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; blackracism; blackracist; blackthevote; democratplantation; elections; foolsforobama; nobama2012; obama; racist

1 posted on 12/11/2011 8:22:10 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Gerri, if you think there is another country that offers you more opportunity you ought to move there.


2 posted on 12/11/2011 8:24:00 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: Steelfish

Obviously an idiot. She cannot see how Obama has hurt the black race.

He has done more to cause racial disharmony than any President before him.
Perhaps that is what she likes.

Anyway anyone who votes for someone merely because he is black is an idiot.


3 posted on 12/11/2011 8:29:27 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Steelfish
...Hall is firmly rooted in the middle class, with a nice home in a leafy neighborhood, a pension from her 30-year job at General Motors and enough savings to help her grown son buy a starter place of his own.

And Barry Soetoro didn't have a damn thing to do with her having all of that. In fact, Barry is going to take it all away from her if given the chance.

4 posted on 12/11/2011 8:31:14 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: Steelfish
Flint, Michigan is the 4th most dangerous city in the U.S. according to Forbes, with 827 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The poor local economy and high unemployment rate are cited as Flints’ major problems.

M'am, if you think life in Flint, Michigan under the Obamanation is good there is absolutely nothing I can say.

5 posted on 12/11/2011 8:32:20 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Steelfish

has she forgotten so soon that the discrimination that was shown toward her in her youth was caused by DEMOCRATS???
For the life of me, I cannot understand the allegiance shown to the demos by the black community. All their problems are directly linkied to the democrats in their past....pathetic!


6 posted on 12/11/2011 8:32:31 PM PST by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: Steelfish

She and so many of her peers as Dems have that ‘emotional feel good goo’ factor in supporting The Bam as One. Makes no difference what his policies and consequences have been. He’s a smooth talkin, charming aura black candidate who brings them pleasure to vote for based on their ‘feelings of euphoria’. It blinds them silly to what’s reality!


7 posted on 12/11/2011 8:34:01 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: ladyjane

Gerri if Obama gets re-elected he will make sure you stay poor.


8 posted on 12/11/2011 8:34:50 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Steelfish
Like many black Americans, Hall, 60, looks at the president and sees a reflection of herself: joys and triumphs but also challenges and adversity, a good part of it, she suggests, owing to the color of his skin.

That's right...the color of his skin. It could no way be his policies, his cluelessness, his incompetence, his complete unfitness for his post, that he cannot even speak to 5th graders without a teleprompter to tell him what to say. It's because he has brown skin.

Were the challenges and adversities Bush, Reagan, et al faced from blacks "owing to the color of their skin"?

Of course not.

/sarc

9 posted on 12/11/2011 8:35:07 PM PST by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Steelfish

“Fifty years later, there is a black man in the White House”

No, he is not a black man, he is mostly white! He just looks black! If it was to his political advantage to be white, he would say he was white! He is full of crap!


10 posted on 12/11/2011 8:38:18 PM PST by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: Venturer

Black women were hit hard with job losses in economic crisis

By Courtland Milloy, Sunday, December 11

After the health-care company where Linda Evans worked relocated outside the Washington area, she spent two years searching for another job. But nothing panned out.

“I felt like a loser,” said Evans, who lives in the District.

No doubt the nation’s economic woes have made a lot of people feel that way. But women— especially black women like Evans — were among the hardest hit. And the so-called recovery has been even worse for them.

According to a recent study by the National Women’s Law Center, black women have lost more jobs during the recovery — 258,000 — than they did during the recession — 233,000. Put another way, black women represented 12.5 percent of all women workers in June 2009. But between then and this June, black women lost 42.2 percent of jobs lost by women overall.

“For women as a whole, and particularly black women, cuts in public sector employment have been devastating,” said Joan Entmacher, vice president for family economic security at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington. “When it comes to job growth in the private sector, women are also doing less well than men. Whether employers feel it is more important to put men back to work first, we just can’t say at this point.”

Evans, who is in her 50s, didn’t let discouragement keep her down. Out of the pain came an epiphany: Maybe it was time to forget about getting a job like the one she had, and use some long-neglected talents to reinvent herself.

“I remembered how much I liked making jewelry, singing and writing songs,” she said. “I began feeling hopeful that somehow I was going to make it.”

While the nation’s overall unemployment rate declined from 9.0 to 8.6 last month, the unemployment rate for black women increased from 12.6 to 12.9, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Worse, more than 150,000 black women gave up looking for work last month. Counted out of the job market, they were categorized as simply “discouraged workers.”

In a sad irony, the Obama administration’s first cheery news about a drop in the nation’s unemployment rate had resulted largely from the broken spirits of black women.

“The jobs report was like an onion: Peel back the layers and you start crying,” said Donna Addkison, president and chief executive of Wider Opportunities for Women.

According to a recent study by WOW, about 42 percent of women — including 62 percent of African American women and 66 percent of Hispanic women — do not have enough income to pay for basic household expenses.

“We’re not just talking about households moving from crisis to catastrophe,” Addkison said. “The deprivation experienced by children in these homes means the loss of jobs and income will have a multi-generational ripple effect.”

To his credit, however, President Obama recently proposed a jobs bill that would surely help a lot of women. It includes funds for rehiring teachers and first responders, jobs for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, jobs repairing bridges, roads and schools, jobs refurbishing thousands of foreclosed homes and businesses, and job training for low-income youths and adults.

Unfortunately, only bits and pieces of the bill have won congressional support.

Evans wasn’t about to sit around and wait for Congress to act.

“I was raised with a good work ethic and have always had one kind of job or another since I was 14,” she said. “When I lost my job as a hospice-care worker, it felt terrible. I didn’t want to be on unemployment or food stamps. I always saw myself as a giver and not a taker.”

So she took up the songwriting that she never had time for while doing hospice care, pulled together some musician friends and helped form a 10-piece group called Copper Rose and Bones.

And there they were Saturday night, performing at the B Spot juice and music bar at 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. “Stay strong, carry on,” Evans sang. “Hold on to your dreams.”

With donations from the audience, along with the sale of her custom-made feather earrings, Evans felt confident that she’d make ends meet — at least for the remainder of the month.

“It’s still a struggle but I’m pushing on,” Evans said, sounding anything but dis­couraged.


11 posted on 12/11/2011 8:40:44 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

“Where my check be?”


12 posted on 12/11/2011 8:43:33 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Steelfish

I am going to bake Mr Barrack one of my special chocolate pies


13 posted on 12/11/2011 8:44:45 PM PST by badpacifist (I was sexually harrassed by Herman Cain and all I got was this tag line)
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To: Steelfish

The content of Obamas character has nothing to do with the black vote.. per MLK..

It looks like bad character is what “most” black people are looking for..
Obama, Marion Berry, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, various black judges, ALL RAP artists(even the white ones), scandalous congress members, etc.

The american black culture is indeed poisonous and extremely toxic..
Blacks with character seem to be almost always republicans..


14 posted on 12/11/2011 8:48:14 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Steelfish

“there is a black man in the White House”

I think that is the main motivation in her thinking. It will take an act of God to change her way of thinking and get her off the dimoKKKRAT plantation.


15 posted on 12/11/2011 8:53:34 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Steelfish

“Growing up poor and black...”

should read:

Growing up poor, black, prejudiced and vengeful...


16 posted on 12/11/2011 8:53:52 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Steelfish

These racist a-hole blacks can take their crap and shove it. I know my family tree and a good chunk were people fleeing genocide. Not slavery - genocide. Including Cherokee indian. The white guilt thing don’t work on me.

Second, the GOP has been in office 11 months. I guess the two years of total Dem control don’t count. I’m sure that the racist a-hole black caucus will explain that way too by floating some theory about white GOP’ers conspiring to undermine Obama from the minority.


17 posted on 12/11/2011 8:55:51 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Steelfish
If Ms. Hall thinks that Barack Obama has the faintest clue what growing up poor and black in Mississippi, or anywhere else in the US, was like, then she is indeed stupid.

He has nothing at all in common with her, and she does not realize it. If she were looking for a candidate who understands where she came from, she should have been supporting Herman Cain.

18 posted on 12/11/2011 8:56:23 PM PST by susannah59
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To: Steelfish

Gus Hall’s kid?


19 posted on 12/11/2011 9:03:21 PM PST by null and void (Day 1055 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes arent made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Steelfish

Oh, I thought this thread was going to be about Moo-shell.


20 posted on 12/11/2011 9:06:04 PM PST by T Minus Four
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To: Steelfish

Yet another Black American who endured either racism or the civil rights era and stupidly thinks Obama has anything in common with that experience whatsoever. His mother is descended from slave owners, and his father is descended from slave traders. He has NOTHING in common with the American Black experience. Why wasn’t this woman trying to get Herman Cain elected?


21 posted on 12/11/2011 9:19:26 PM PST by montag813
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To: Steelfish
Only idiots and the evil vote for Obama.
It's not our fault that DEMOCRATS raided the Social Secureity Trust Fund.
Let's remember ...

Sen Mark Kirk's statement Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 ...

22 posted on 12/11/2011 9:22:53 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Steelfish
This time around, Obama's chances may depend even more on a strong turnout by black voters.

How many more than 100% would be a better turnout in the black community?
23 posted on 12/11/2011 9:40:22 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: Steelfish
I will never understand how black people growing up in the segregationist south of the 50’s do not know it was the Democrats who were the segregationists.

Are they really so spoon fed that they don't have the wherewith-all to read Wikipedia on Jim Crow laws? Even with the liberal bias attempting to label the segregationists as "conservative", they must concede multiple times it was the Democrats who lead the segregationists.

24 posted on 12/11/2011 10:04:12 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: Steelfish
Re-elect??? How about IMPEACH!

The President is about to sign a law that makes it so we can be imprisoned for life without evidence or a trial -- as soon as Dec. 13.

This law is called NDAA Section 1031. Some people are saying he will veto it, or that the law as written has no effect for citizens, but they are terribly mistaken.

Obama has never suggested using a veto to stop Section 1031 citizen imprisonment. In fact, applying Section 1031 to citizens was requested by the Obama administration.

Stop NDAA Section 1031 Citizen Imprisonment Law before Dec. 13

25 posted on 12/11/2011 10:15:53 PM PST by GBA (Natural Born American)
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To: Steelfish

If she is presenting power point slide shows that urge the congregation to vote and passing out Obama newspaper articles in the back of the church then shouldn’t this “church” lose its tax-exempt status? Someone needs to look into the activities of this “church”.


26 posted on 12/11/2011 10:54:02 PM PST by dupree
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To: Steelfish
No comment. Refer to my tagline for any additional information that may be required.
27 posted on 12/11/2011 11:18:09 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: dupree

Separation of Church and State.

Now you see it, now you don’t.


28 posted on 12/11/2011 11:20:31 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: Steelfish

Obama is a puppet being controlled by His New World Order Masters, he will not deliver anything he promises as we have seen.

So its time all wake up and get his butt out of our White House.


29 posted on 12/12/2011 1:15:12 AM PST by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!Jesus is Lord!)
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To: Lizavetta
This Lady is one of the 95%, 95% of blacks will vote on the basis of skin color and not character. MLK is spinning in his grave.
30 posted on 12/12/2011 3:09:40 AM PST by DAC21
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To: Venturer

“Obviously an idiot. She cannot see how Obama has hurt the black race.”

She also doesn’t see what the Democrat party have done to keep blacks on the reservation. Yes, she is an idiot.


31 posted on 12/12/2011 4:19:47 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Steelfish
Gerri Hall, a lifelong Democrat who grew up poor in Mississippi, has made it her personal goal to see that President Obama is reelected.

...as long as you get yours, right? KMA, commie.

32 posted on 12/12/2011 4:28:58 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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Growing up poor and black in Mississippi, Gerri Hall learned there was a meanness in the world, a set of laws and customs aimed at people like her, which her mother tried to explain once when they were forced to stand aside and let a white lady use the sidewalk.

Gerri, baby, those laws and customs were brought to you by the democratic party for whom now you toil.

Idiot.

33 posted on 12/12/2011 5:01:04 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Steelfish

And this is news because?


34 posted on 12/12/2011 5:18:55 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: jmaroneps37
And this is news because?

Because it's medicine for the soul. It's there to remind us that guilt is an acceptable substitute for reason when choosing a President.

35 posted on 12/12/2011 5:26:42 AM PST by csense
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To: Steelfish

May she fail.


36 posted on 12/12/2011 5:34:05 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: Steelfish
Where was she when they were lynching Herman Cain? The silence is abominable.
37 posted on 12/12/2011 5:39:58 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: JSteff

How many more than 100% would be a better turnout in the black community? ..................................... 110% don’t seem to be a problem in some Democrat districts, why would that be a problem? A trip to the local grave yard gets them additional voters.


38 posted on 12/12/2011 6:43:11 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO YOU ELECT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT!)
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To: T Minus Four

I thought it was going to be about Oprah.


39 posted on 12/12/2011 6:45:36 AM PST by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Free Vulcan
The white guilt thing don’t work on me.

Me, either. I'm Irish on my Dad's side and Cajun on my Mom's. My grandad came from County Cork and my Mom's people - the Millets - came from Baton Rouge.

No one from either side ever had a Massa Card. This racist, redistributionist, 'reparations' crowd can KMA.

40 posted on 12/12/2011 10:04:25 AM PST by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: terycarl
I cannot understand the allegiance shown to the demos by the black community.

The Democrat party has been the Party of Slavery™ since its founding 200 years ago.

Early, it used people of African ancestry on Southern plantations to convert cotton seeds into cotton bales for economic power.

Today, it uses people of African ancestry in Northern urban plantations to convert (other peoples) dollars into votes for political power.

Party of Slavery™ at its founding two centuries ago, Party of Slavery™ today.

41 posted on 12/13/2011 5:49:04 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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