by Donna E. Scott
When I first read Obamas defense to his black critics I thought, “The nerve of this guy!” He started talking about all the support he did have and somehow the questioner’s figures were not correct. He noted more blacks in Hollywood support him than those who do not. He talked about how he was improving the lives of teachers. In fact, it sounded like a rehash of Reagan's rising tide lifts all boats. Then he threw in that campaign mantra of all blacks, “he just can’t be the president of blacks he has to be the president of all people.
It seems Obama’s calculations do not add up. Consider his comment about spending millions to help save teachers jobs. Who are these teachers anyway? In point of fact, 86 % of the teachers in America are white. The average teacher is white, middle class and female. Only 2% of teachers are black males, the average student is nontraditional, 1 in 3 to be exact. It is postulated that by 2025 this figure will be 1 in 2 students. So, if 86% of the teacher workforce is white, how is that helping the black community exactly? Do tell. As a former teacher I would love to know.
He also said some of those millions were spent helping firefighters and police keep their jobs. I wonder has Obama read Poor Mans’ Lotto: Memoirs of a Black Firefighter. How many black firefighters are there in America anyway? Again who did this money really go to?
Since when does having a lot of folks in Hollywood support you mean anything? So, because the majority is not against you that means you are on the right track? Really? I think Obama is doing some fuzzy math.
Let’s take a further walk down memory lane.
In February 2009, he had the opportunity to attend the Durban Review Conference representing America. This conference that meets every 7 years addresses global racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. One of the things these nations throughout the world had voted on was declaring that the transatlantic slave trade was a holocaust. What did POTUS do, the first black president? Why he refused to go unless that language was retooled to America’s and Israel’s liking. The DRC retooled the language and he still did not go. Rewind, press Play. The first black president of the US, the son of an African, refused to go to a conference despite his campaign promise to sit down and talk with folks who differ with him. That would include ones concerned about the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict and those who finally say the transatlantic slave trade was a holocaust. When the US was a no show the DRC put the language back in and voted the slave trade to be a holocaust.
It has always been the minority who has stood up to special interests. Consider the brave Toussaint L’ Overture who brilliantly overthrew Napoleon Bonaparte’s Army that began the dismantling to the transatlantic slave trade.
In 2004, while the majority ignored the plight of Haitians, folks like John Conyers and Maxine Waters were in the minority when Aristide was illegally kidnapped with the help of America. They used their muscle to get an innocent man some relief. But POTUS is not Aristide, who was a president that identified with the plight of his people, all 8 million of them.
Let’s not forget Obama named Bill Clinton as a special envoy to Haiti. But you hear nothing of Obama talking about reversing the US over-involvement Haiti.’ Wonder why? These are all black folks being taken to the cleaners. Aristide made the mistake of telling his people whom he represented where the reserves were, the oil, the granite, the gold the diamonds. So he had to go. Hidalgo Mining, Matraco and Colorado Mining and other US companies are in the process of taking advantage of Haiti’s oil reserves, and deep water ports to store America’s crude oil, now that the troublemaker Aristide is gone.
When I see a photo of POTUS surrounded by little black kids, and I see his policies that like Reagan will continue their impoverishment, I cringe. The point is not helping blacks but, helping the have not’s and we know who that is. It is helping those who are incarcerated in America’s lucrative prison industrial complex. It is helping those who are infected with MDRTB (multidrug resistant TB) because their loved ones are incarcerated then released into the general population because their country does not want to pay for the more effective second line drugs that will cure MDRTB.
Sadly the black critics need to get in line with the white critics, the progressives who are discovering Obama has neither the heart nor the nerve or “noive” as the cowardly lion called it, to stand up to special interests.
Randall Robinson noted in his heartfelt book Quitting America, that “to get elected in America a black man has to prove he will be tough on blacks. Obama is doing this in spades. I give him a A+.
Critics, here is a word to the wise. In 2007 Obama plotted to sell out his former pastor. Only a few people know this. If nothing else, Obama is a shrewd and masterful politician. It might not sound like it, but I deeply want him to succeed, but not because he is black. I want him to succeed because he sold out a man who cared for him, nurtured him and made time for him. If he succeeds then that means his former pastor’s suffering will not have been in vain. Indeed, Obama was plotting on how to win, like Jacob the supplanter, while his former pastor went behind the scenes to homophobic black pastors in South Carolina to convince them that Obama “really was black enough” and the real deal. He was plotting while the pastor was convincing others who did not know Obama from Adam to vote for him. This was before IOWA. In fact in 2004, this pastor wrote a stellar article about him saying, “if America could see what I see, all of God’s creation represented in this one family, they would have hope.” Of course POTUS then went on the claim his former pastor was stuck in the 60’s. But hey, at least Obama is consistent.
To be fair, I believe Obama plotted to sell his former pastor out because he did not know he could win at the time. So he joined the ranks of Abraham, Jacob, Adam and others who decided to help God out. And though the majority did not know what they had done, God knew.
Mr. President, please do not pretend to be offended when Conyers et. al hold your arugula eating feet to the fire. You need to be president of all people and that includes blacks. I am not judging, I am just saying.
Donna Scott can be reached at email@example.com
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