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Maxine Waters to Obama: Can You Say Black?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

One wonders if Obama suddenly will find his blackness when he loses the black vote in 2012. It’s beyond me why 90% of black Americans continue to support him when his policies have made their lives worse. Black unemployment is 16% compared to the national average of 9.1%, under George W. Bush black unemployment was 11.5%. According to the Department of Labor, black unemployment is the highest since 1972 when government began tracking it.

More blacks also have lost their homes to foreclosures. This disproportionate misfortune hitting blacks adds up to disappearing black wealth. The Pew Research Center found the average wealth of white households is 20 times more than blacks. But does any black person in their right mind expect a black agenda from Obama when as Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) highlighted recently Obama and his staff have trouble uttering the word “black.”

I never thought I would be praising Rep. Maxine Waters or defending a policy initiative of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) but I am. Waters aka “don’t mess with blacks anymore” has become the de facto spokesperson for the CBC. Waters unleashed her rage and that of her colleagues at Obama for dismissing the concerns of black Americans, 95% of which voted for him. Apparently, team Obama fears getting too black because he might alienate more white voters from his flock.

It’s taken the CBC three years and multiple snubs from the Obama White House to finally attempt to hold Obama accountable for policies which have failed their constituents. Better late than never. (When Richard Nixon was president, the 13 lone CBC members walked out of Nixon’s 1971 State of the Union because Nixon refused to meet with them.) Waters joined other members for the CBC’s nationwide For the People jobs tour targeting Miami, Detroit, Los Angeles and Atlanta where unemployment, particularly black unemployment, is acute.

The goal of the tour is to connect the jobless with employers looking to hire and create 10,000 jobs. Not only should President Obama have “dreamed” up such a jobs plan a long time ago but frankly Democrats and Republicans also should have thought of this.

Throughout the jobs tour, Waters has been in rare form. In Detroit, Waters skewered Obama for not having a jobs plan, not wanting to step foot in black communities and called the highest unemployment rate among blacks in 25 years “unconscionable.”

My favorite “Maxine Moment” so far is Monday, August 22nd when during a Miami jobs tour stop at a black church Waters excoriated Obama official Don Graves for avoiding using the word “black” when he said “certain communities have been hit harder” than others by unemployment. Waters bit back “Let me hear you say black.” NAACP Miami president Bishop Victor Curry punctuated Waters’ point, explaining when presidents Eisenhower, Johnson and Kennedy were in office, blacks held them accountable and “blacks ought to make him do it” make Obama work for the black vote.

Rep. Waters deserves praise from black liberals for reminding Obama that while “he” may want to act race neutral, his disgruntled black base, who voted en masse for him, is hardly “the colorblind” type. Never has a president in US history run from his race like Obama has fled from his blackness. Obama has never uttered the word black or African-American even during the controversy over the arrest of Prof. Henry Louis Gates.

The sad reality is with each passing day it appears Obama refuses to go into black communities, plagued by above average unemployment because he’s afraid that blackness might rub off on him and actually remind Americans he is the first black president of the United States. But would this be such an awful thing? How bad will things have to get for blacks under Obama before they will vote for something different?

Congressional Black Caucus Gets Black on Obama

Friday, August 19th, 2011

It’s about time! After three years of silence, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is finally unleashing its outrage at the nation’s first black president and holding him accountable for policies which have disproportionately failed black Americans. Compared to whites and other minority groups, more blacks are unemployed under Obama and more blacks have lost their homes to foreclosure.

While the national unemployment rate is 9.1%, the unemployment rate for blacks is 16% and keeps climbing. Urban cities are plagued with even higher rates of black unemployment. For example, Detroit and Brooklyn’s rate is 50% and some areas of Washington, DC are 30%.

Fed up with Obama dismissing black Americans and conveniently forgetting 95% blacks voted for him in 2008, the CBC launched jobs tour “For the People” to help blacks find over 10,000 jobs. Admittedly, I’m not a fan of the CBC and think it’s power as a group is marginal but this is an example of the CBC living up to its 1969 mission of using its political might to address the concerns of blacks citizens.

At the Detroit jobs tour stop, Rep. Maxine Waters , a doyenne of the CBC, suddenly found her voice of condemnation:

“We want to give the President every opportunity to show what he can do and show what he is prepared to lead on… But our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why — on this trip he’s on now — he’s not in any black communities.”

Madame Waters isn’t the only CBC member displaying public outrage. Rep. John Conyers, the second longest serving member of the US House of Representatives is urging Americans to participate in a jobs protest in front of White House September 20, 2011. Crew of 42 blog does a terrific job of chronicling the actions and legislative record of CBC members, including its lone GOP member Rep. Allen West.

Of course liberals are quick to ask what policies or bills have Republicans introduced to help blacks get jobs or for that matter address other problems plaguing blacks such as the education gap and high incarceration rates? On jobs, the House Republicans passed 10 job creating bills House, which have been stalled in the Senate.

Republican policies or ideas to “fix” the high number of blacks in prison or blacks dropping out of high school are called the ideas of promoting the family, marriage and the bootstrap policies of individual responsibility. The way for blacks close the education gap and prevent high rates of imprisonment is for young black women to stop having babies out of wedlock and for young black men to take responsibility for fatherhood. These are problems that government can’t fix. Liberals and blacks need to stop asking what government can do for blacks and start asking the question what can blacks do for themselves.

It is quite evident so called “progressive,” Great Society policies of social welfare have only contributed to the economic enslavement and decline of blacks as a race when compared to whites. Laura Ingraham recently interviewed Rep. Allen West about this sudden anger at Obama rising up in blacks and West mused Democrats have always taken the black vote for granted and this modern slavery is nothing new.

“The laughable, hypocrisy is the Big Black Bus isn’t going into the black community. When you had unemployment 16.3% in July and dropped to 15.95% in August, that’s not in the right direction. You have this 21st century plantation that has been out there where the Democrat Party has forever taken the Black vote for granted and you have established certain black leaders who are nothing more than the overseers of that plantation. And now the people on that plantation are upset because they’ve been disregarded, disrespected and their concerns are not cared about.”

One would think it would be the role of the president to launch a jobs tour since suddenly job creation is a priority. Curiously, in 2009 when the unemployment was soaring, Obama’s priority wasn’t creating jobs but rather creating $1 trillion Obamacare. It’s astonishing that as the CBC hits the road with a jobs tour that will travel cities nationwide throughout August with 100 employers offering 10,000 jobs along the way, Obama launched a three day Rural Tour to promote job growth in rural white America because he’s popularity is fading among white voters. Tells you where Obama’s priorities are and it ain’t with blacks. If blacks stupidly vote for Obama in droves again in 2012, they deserve the fate that awaits them. Obama’s bus never pulled into black communities and never will. Blacks need to start driving their own bus.

Gorillas, Chimps, & Spooks: The GOP’s Favorite Things

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The natives are restless again. It seems the more I try to sell what’s good about the Republican party to my liberal and black friends, fiscal responsibility, limited government and lower taxes, the harder it gets. Republicans continue to prove racism is alive, well and kicking within the established ranks of the party and it needs to be expunged from the GOP.

Once again, we have white Republicans portraying President Barack Obama, our first elected BLACK president, as a chimpanzee. Orange County Republican Committee member Marilyn Davenport thought it would be funny to create a portrait of a chimpanzee family with a Mom and Dad holding a baby chimp in overalls with the face of President Obama and the caption, “Now you know why — No birth certificate!” Davenport then emailed it to some of her closet friends and other committee members.

When her grotesque, disrespectful, racist caricature of the President of the United States was revealed to a reporter, she called the person’s action “cowardly” (ain’t that the pot calling the kettle black) and defended her actions:

“I’m sorry if my email offended anyone, I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. “In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race. We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like, yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them.”

Her excuse for being caught in “emailing while racist” ranks up there with “the dog ate my homework” and “some of my closest friends are black.” This reminds me of the summer of 2009 when Newscoma.com reported on its blog that Sherri Goforth, legislative aid to Tennessee State Senator Diane Black (R-Gallatin), emailed “Historical Keepsake Photo” to “the wrong list of people.”

Every white president in the image was depicted with a portrait or photo of himself until you get to our 44th and first black president Barack Obama. His picture is a caricature of the grossest, most racist sort: a black background with white eyes piercing through. This image is reminiscent of a spook, a racist term used for blacks to suggest because of their dark skin they can blend into the night and look like a ghost. The image also looks like a coon, another abhorrent caricature portraying blacks as lazy, inarticulate buffoons.

I dubbed this the long hot GOP racist summer of 2009 because South Carolinian Republican activist Rusty DePass compared Michelle Obama to a gorilla, who escaped from Columbia, South Carolina Zoo. Then I wrote: “Either image is offensive and racist and particularly repugnant when applied to the President of the United States. It reminds us this country and more importantly the Republican party has a long way to go on race relations and living in reality.”

Ms. Goforth didn’t resign and only was reprimanded by her boss. Of course Ms. Davenport is showing the same racist resilience and refusing to resign or admit she did anything wrong.

Since blacks were brought to America as slaves in the 1600s, we have been compared to monkey’s, chimpanzees, gorillas, apes, ridiculed as coons, sambos, mammies and Toms, anything short of equals to whites. The fact that Aunt Jemima syrup is still sold in the US is repugnant in itself. And that not too long ago, the image of the overweight black mammy with a bandana wrapped around her head like Mammy in Gone with the Wind still adorned the bottle of syrup is even more abhorrent and repulsive.

Apparently, Orange County GOP Committee Chairman Scott Baugh has called for Davenport’s resignation but he needs to do more than that. If she refuses to resign, Baugh should kick her off. As a conservative BLACK woman, I’m sick of talking out of both sides of my mouth, condemning the racism erstwhile calling myself a Republican and encouraging people of color to step into a GOP tent in which they don’t seem to be welcome.

Newsflash GOP: White bigots don’t own the Republican party and We Blacks have just as much right as whites to believe in the Grand Old Party as the rest of you. GOP and Tea Party Newsflash #2: You both need to get over this birther and racist talk. It should not be tolerated by party leaders like Speaker John Boehner. Obama is a US citizen and yes a Black man. If you have a problem with either, get over it. This kind of bigoted talk direct or inferred isn’t going to win you elections in the 21st century. It may have worked before 1964 but not today. Criticize Obama on his performance not the color of his skin.

While some Americans may not agree with Obama’s policies, I think it shameful he and the First Lady continue to endure this utter disrespect of the office of the President by the people of the United States. I think some Americans need to go back and read the Constitution and remember “all men are equated equal,” yes that includes the Black president of the United States.