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President Obama: Identifying priorities for a second-term ‘black agenda’
The Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Rahiel Tesfamariam

Posted on 12/01/2012 12:37:58 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

While President Obama has been a unifying force in the black community during his first term in office, his presidency has also fueled deep divisions among many African Americans. The president’s first-term policies sparked heated debates among a host of well-known black intellectuals and political observers who argue that the president has ignored the issues of his most loyal base.

These tensions will likely remain throughout Obama’s second term unless he quickly reverses course.

Critics, such as Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, will likely continue to press Obama to address the needs of black America, while others will struggle to determine how to best capitalize on Obama's second term and get him to push forward a “black agenda.”

But what should this “payback” look like? Unlike other interest groups, such as gays and Hispanics, who responded positively to symbolic gestures from the president, African Americans appear as if they cannot come to an agreement on what a priority list should be. The community seems to lack a unifying issue that Obama could address. And we seem to also lack a clear strategy for implementing what those community-friendly policies might be.

But that doesn’t negate the president’s responsibility to address the concerns of black Americans and respond to their call for social policy that addresses their greatest needs. Indeed, there are a mix of specific issues that might delicately satisfy his most loyal followers. These direct policies could address the disproportionate loss of wealth among black families; a reinvigorated, targeted civil rights agenda; a more holistic approach to family cohesion; and a commitment to Africans around the globe...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blacks; obama; reparations; taxes
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I'm beyond speechless.
1 posted on 12/01/2012 12:38:17 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve read the article, and second your response.


2 posted on 12/01/2012 12:43:47 AM PST by thecodont
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh Bruhthuh...


3 posted on 12/01/2012 12:47:34 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

O’Zer0 will throw them a carrot. 96% of his staff is, eh, “white”.

Chalk it up to another of the lies by Zer0.


4 posted on 12/01/2012 1:15:52 AM PST by ChiMark (America no more)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not only a commitment to “American” blacks, but also to African blacks-so he’s leader of blacks worldwide, white Americans are free to look to someone else for leadership (not that I’ve yet seen anyone worthy of it). If his one and only alliegance is to blacks wherever they are, then whites have the right to handle our affairs ourselves, as whites. Thanks for that much, Hussein, though I know that wasn’t your intention. You do want to keep us around to squeeze us for the taxes to pay for your black loyalists. Too bad, you’ve made it plain that they’re your only concern, so we need our money to address our own concerns and those of our children, about whom you couldn’t care less.


5 posted on 12/01/2012 1:27:49 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Such a sick sob....
I really shouldn’t torture myself and read such horrid news at this hour! I doubt I’ve slept a full night since the election, that sense of dread just grows, and grows....


6 posted on 12/01/2012 1:35:25 AM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Give us yo stuff.....cracker”


7 posted on 12/01/2012 1:35:37 AM PST by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The president’s first-term policies sparked heated debates among a host of well-known black intellectuals and political observers
Of course you never heard a peep about this from the MSM before Obama's "re-election".
8 posted on 12/01/2012 1:40:04 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: mrsmel

9 posted on 12/01/2012 1:49:52 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
These "critics" are actually an integral part of the president's agenda. Their demands provide the political impetus to move in the direction Obama is determined to go anyway; a kind of triangulation, or more accurately, a dialectic process.

It's amazing and depressing to realize the American people can't see through this. From the article:

Any agenda that’s void of a sustainable strategy for economic advancement will do African Americans little good. But a universal plan seeking to help the poor and middle class stay afloat will fall short of meeting the black community’s specific needs.

Which is to say, "let's decide on the best way to loot America."

10 posted on 12/01/2012 1:53:17 AM PST by stormhill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If not for cotton & greed, most of this could have been avoided, including the treasonous obscenity @ 1600.


11 posted on 12/01/2012 1:55:06 AM PST by tomkat
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>> to address the needs of black America

What are the needs of Black America it cannot provide itself?


12 posted on 12/01/2012 2:09:19 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Gene Eric

Mainly your money; if we take it directly we go to jail.


13 posted on 12/01/2012 2:19:09 AM PST by stormhill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


Demands, demands.
14 posted on 12/01/2012 2:28:51 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Gene Eric
What are the needs of Black America it cannot provide itself?

She said, "The slice of the American Pie, among other things. It's those, poor single moms.

Well, how about getting married FIRST, before having babies?

15 posted on 12/01/2012 2:32:01 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He won’t do anything for blacks.

But he’ll handle the issue like Benghazi: “I will conduct a thorough investigation into their needs, and will not stop until their needs are identified. But let me be clear: I assure the black community we are doing everything in our power to assist them”.

Followed by fawning commentary in the press. Followed by new rounds of golf.


16 posted on 12/01/2012 3:07:33 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Be positive: America is greater than Obama.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

well-known black intellectuals and political observers

Street activists, extortionists, black nationals and agitators.


17 posted on 12/01/2012 3:08:14 AM PST by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
a more holistic approach to family cohesion...

The Feds have destroyed black families with welfare and the "great society". In a like manner, the numerous federal loans have contributed to the exploding cost of higher education and have created an education cost "bubble". Everything the Fed touches, it destroys. Now it is going to destroy the healthcare system.

18 posted on 12/01/2012 3:44:51 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I do!


19 posted on 12/01/2012 3:52:14 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: ronnie raygun

The really humane thing to do with blacks who do not like living here: Give them a one-way ticket back to Africa. Then they can feel at home and develop a true love for their mother country.


20 posted on 12/01/2012 3:58:07 AM PST by abclily
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where is the White agenda? We are unhappy that our concerns have not been addressed.


21 posted on 12/01/2012 4:12:26 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The ultimate goal would be to address the alarming incidents of police brutality, disproportionate incarceration rates, number of death penalty rulings and unfair sentencing laws related to black men and women. The appointment of judges and selection of jurors would also have to be better regulated.

In other words - ignore all criminal activity.

Lock and load, folks. It's going to be many rough years and the only justice you will see will come from your own hands.

22 posted on 12/01/2012 4:15:19 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Lion Den Dan

Any one heard of Robert Mugawbe? The heart of racism in America is in the Democrat party and the liberal black population. I do not know any whites that want to enslave or hurt anyone because they are black. President BO wants to take from achievers and give to the poor. It won’t work, socialism never has. Indeed, it will lead to unmitigated hell on earth.


23 posted on 12/01/2012 4:24:07 AM PST by Machavelli (True God)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

There were quite a few stories about this before the election.


24 posted on 12/01/2012 4:30:01 AM PST by sakic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The community seems to lack a unifying issue that Obama could address. And we seem to also lack a clear strategy for implementing what those community-friendly policies might be.

Does this not clearly show that the black community has no *REAL* issues to address?

They are so fat, dumb and happy, they cannot even fabricate a single "problem" to coalesce around!

What a fetchin' joke!

25 posted on 12/01/2012 4:33:26 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Lion Den Dan

There is no white agenda. That would be racist.

The biggest problem with White Middle class is earning enough ,to pay enough ,to keep blacks in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.


26 posted on 12/01/2012 4:34:50 AM PST by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; thecodont

I’m beyond speechless.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Try this: ( sung to the tune of walkin in a winter wonderland)

Walkin in a Winter Wonderland.

Leftists sing, are you listening,
In Bohner’s brain, Reid is pi$$ing
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in Obama’s wonderland.

Gone away is the budget,
All we can do, is try to nudge it
Obama sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in Obama’s wonderland.

In the meadow we can build Rice’s snowman,
Then pretend that she is Secretary State

She’ll say: Are you married?
We’ll say: No man,
But you can do the job
If thats your fate.

Later on, we’ll conspire,
As we dream by Reichstag fire
To face unafraid,
The treason we’ve made,
Walking in Obama’s wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he’s Obama’s clown
We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the Constitution knocks Obama down.

When in debt, ain’t it thrilling,
Though your wallet gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play,in the fascist way,
Walking in Obama’s wonderland.


27 posted on 12/01/2012 4:39:11 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know longer have any use for black Americans.


28 posted on 12/01/2012 4:39:21 AM PST by gotribe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Crackers of the World, to the back of the bus!

Just what does this idiot think he is doing?

Caucasians have put up with a lot from this administration, right down to the DOJ turning its head when (Leftist) Black groups violate the law, and smugly accepting blatant election fraud.

He isn't going to do anything but token stuff for blacks, anyway, unless they are Muslims or Communists.

29 posted on 12/01/2012 4:42:40 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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But what should this “payback” look like?>>>>>>>>>>>

The true history of the fall of the Black Freedom Movement is that it fell into the cess pit of black nationalism/socialism. Will it ever be truly told?

The freedom movement has given rise to a fascist movement of nationalist socialists, who will destroy America for that old European fascist cry of “historic justice.” or what is called “payback,” where innocent decendants of the alleged rascists must pay for the alleged sins of their forefathers. That is where true “Black History” has led people like Obama and his fascist movement of pay back time black American fascists.

I think every white kid in America should learn that history.


30 posted on 12/01/2012 4:43:31 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: mrsmel

Sounds like its time for a Congressional White Caucus


31 posted on 12/01/2012 5:02:12 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What the devil does “a more cohesive approach to family cohesion” mean?


32 posted on 12/01/2012 5:06:22 AM PST by utahagen
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To: sakic

Not really.


33 posted on 12/01/2012 5:12:59 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: utahagen

Reparations.


34 posted on 12/01/2012 5:18:06 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I saw them and read them.


35 posted on 12/01/2012 5:19:37 AM PST by sakic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As if we didn’t know...but now it is confirmed in print. Can’t wait for a WH reporter to ask questions on it../sarc


36 posted on 12/01/2012 5:22:00 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Gene Eric
What are the needs of Black America it cannot provide itself?

If you look at the history of the world, almost everything. Detroit, Atlanta, Birmingham, Johannesburg, etc... are all examples of their abilities. You cannot give one example where they have been able to maintain an advanced and peaceful society.

37 posted on 12/01/2012 5:22:16 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People are refusing to see that we have a racist black Nazi in the Whitehouse who intends to murder white people by the millions.


38 posted on 12/01/2012 5:24:58 AM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: sakic
I follow the news daily and saw nearly none except a few news items when the election was near and the MSM was fretting about Obama losing support of some black churches because of his pro homosexual marriage support.
Critics, such as Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, will likely continue to press Obama to address the needs of black America
Cornel West and Tavis Smiley?
Never heard of them.

Now put that in perspective with the kind of coverage Cindy Sheehan got.

39 posted on 12/01/2012 5:30:30 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Tavis Smiley is a black intellectual,, who knew..
40 posted on 12/01/2012 5:41:56 AM PST by TexasM1A
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I noticed the divide as he only recieved 99.999999% of the black vote, but 100% of the stupid vote and 147% of the dead and homelss vote.


41 posted on 12/01/2012 5:53:24 AM PST by stockpirate (Democrrats stole the election via fraud, we will never have a free election again.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bathhouse Barrys' second term debuts January 20th...check local listings


42 posted on 12/01/2012 6:46:46 AM PST by twister881
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To: Caipirabob
"The ultimate goal would be to address the alarming incidents of police brutality, disproportionate incarceration rates, number of death penalty rulings and unfair sentencing laws related to black men and women. The appointment of judges and selection of jurors would also have to be better regulated."

In other words - ignore all criminal activity.

Just legalize stuff like this and everyone will be happy, right?

You got a problem with that? Well, you're a racist. </sarcasm>

43 posted on 12/01/2012 6:56:59 AM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: Rennes Templar; 2ndDivisionVet
He won’t do anything for blacks.

One thing I've noticed, post-"election," is the number of very sour-looking black women. I didn't see this after the 2008 election, but I'm seeing it now. These women look very, very unhappy.

44 posted on 12/01/2012 9:35:52 AM PST by thecodont
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Black agenda = Wno’s my daddy


45 posted on 12/01/2012 10:13:01 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Black agenda = Wno’s my daddy


46 posted on 12/01/2012 10:13:01 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Steal whiteys property has been every African politicians priority for 50 years.


47 posted on 12/01/2012 10:15:58 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: ballplayer

Sounds to me like it’s time for a separation and divorce from black America. Besides, the white South Africans who are being genocided out of existence need a place to go (our current government is highly selective in allowing them asylum here, unlike Haitian HIV/AIDs carriers or violent, illiterate, unskilled Somalis, or leprosy-infected illegal aliens), especially considering that the US was complicit in their predicament and is completely indifferent to the slaughter to which they’re now subject. This is their payment for feeding, educating, giving medical care to, decreasing the infant mortality rate of, and increasing the longevity of, black South Africans.

White Americans need our own homeland in what is currently the US, where blacks won’t be subject to our oppressive evil racism and can flourish to their fullest potential-Detroit, South Africa under the ANC, Gary IN, etc-show the way. No more “white flight” with blacks forced to follow whites in order to be subjected to white oppression. No whites to hold blacks down and suppress their potential.


48 posted on 12/01/2012 10:45:59 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” African Americans face a unique set of social challenges,”


Name one bleeping unique challenge.

Poor? Others are poor too. Dark skin? Others have it. Bad schools? Everyone has them. There is nothing unique about any social challenges faced by blacks.

The worst problem in the black community is people having children they can’t care for. The community needs to put pressure on youth, shame even, to keep them from conceiving. Make it a goal of all blacks over 30 to keep their young from making babies until:

The couples are married
And one or both parents have a job.

Delegitimize gangsta culture and crime. Praise hard workers and good students. Play down the cool playa meme. Cool = not caring. Keep telling the you g that not caring might be “cool” but cool is not good and cool keeps our people down. The pants down literally shackles our boys!

Encourage your teens to graduate high school, preferably self home schooled on line, and then live with mom, supported by her, but working as an intern for someone you’d like to “be .” For a contractor, a body shop, an insurance co, a doctor, anything the kid wishes. If no internship exists formally, write up the contract yourself.

There are no unique challenges socially for blacks.


49 posted on 12/01/2012 11:02:18 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Berlin_Freeper

You never heard of Cornell West?


50 posted on 12/01/2012 12:53:12 PM PST by sakic
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