What did African Americans do to deserve Barack Hussein Obama?
His treatment of them makes me want to “cut his nuts off” (™Jesse Jackson). At best, “he should be getting us coffee” (™Bill Clinton).
Black Americans have overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in two presidential elections, but they have fallen further behind during his term in office, losing ground in measures of income, employment, and education.
The national unemployment rate has dropped to 7 percent, but the jobless rate for blacks has hardly moved since Obama took office, declining from 12.7 percent in 2009 to 12.5 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
And while the recession impacted all race and age groups’ earnings, blacks fared the worst.
The poverty rate for blacks sharply increased, rising from 12 percent in 2008 to 16.1 percent today. Median income declined by 3.6 percent for white households, to $58,000, but fell 10.9 percent to $33,500 for black households, Census Bureau figures show.
“The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category,” black radio talk show host Tavis Smiley said on Fox News in October. “On that regard, the president ought to be held responsible.”
“I don’t know how much he has done or how much his policies are responsible for the current state of blacks in America. What I do know is that we are worse off than we were when he came into office,” Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, told Newsmax.
Seems inarguable. But what should Obama do instead of flap his gums and spew acrid dung smoke?
Alford cited the Keystone pipeline as one example where the president has rejected an issue that has support in Congress and could have a positive impact on African-American employment, particularly in the states through which the pipeline would run.
“There are lots of things he could do, but he has not done so,” he added. “He could start with opening up the Keystone pipeline. He could stop his administration from trying to put the coal industry out of business and he could just let business be business.”
There is that.
Anything else he’s done to black people that they wish he hadn’t?
Especially disappointing is the lack of progress for blacks in education since Obama took office, after strides were made during the previous decade.
“Gains under the Obama administration by all students range between minimal and nonexistent, and the black-white gap on test scores threatens to widen after having narrowed steadily over the previous nine years,” Paul E. Peterson, professor of government at Harvard University, wrote in The Wall Street Journal.
Between 1999 and 2008, white 9-year-olds gained 11 points in math, while black student performance rose by 13 points. In reading, black performance gained 18 points. However, from 2008 to 2012 those gains slowed, with scores rising just two points in each subject for 9-year old African-Americans.
The education gap is even more prevalent in urban centers such as Chicago. According to the 2013 National Report Card, the gap in fourth-grade math test scores between black and white students widened to 40 points — the largest gap since the national study began in 2003.
Nationally, only 52 percent of black males graduate from high school in four years, according to the Schott Foundation’s 2012 report.
Despite the troubled state of education in black communities, the Obama administration has fought efforts to expand minority students’ access to school choice.
The most recent example is the lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against Louisiana’s tuition voucher program, which has produced record gains for blacks and Hispanics.
We’ve hit the voucher scandal before. Obama sold the most vulnerable down the river for support from teacher unions. Repulsive.
But did you know that barely half of young black men make it through high school? With Obama as a role model for five years (almost ten if you count his Senate years)? They got the Choom Gang thing down, but where are their Ivy League diplomas? (Where are Obama’s?) Why are we wasting money on Head Start (whose recipients lose any advantage over non-recipients by third grade) when we should be putting that wasted money toward vouchers and trade schools (or whatever keeps young black men coming to class)?
At least this will keep Al Sharpton employed (if few other black men):
Give Al Sharpton credit: whatever else he’s done – the Tawana Brawley hoax, his inciting deadly violence in the Crown Heights Riots and the Freddy’s Fashion Mart incident, possible money laundering, and more – he’s given MSNBC its money’s worth.
Sharpton said “race,” “racism” or “racist” 215 times in 2013 during his MSNBC show, “Politics Nation.” From opposition to the Obama agenda to guns and even into fashion and food, Sharpton’s finely tuned nose for racism rarely took a day off last year.
Assuming Sharpton himself never took a day off, he would have hosted 260 shows. What the hell was he talking about on the other 45 days when he didn’t talk about race? What else does he talk about? Tawana Brawley? Yankel Rosenbaum? Freddie’s Fashion Mart?