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We want you – our listening audience to help answer the question, “Is it any better for Black Americans since the election of a Barack Obama? Join us on Saturday at 3 p.m. for the best in Black Talk Radio on BlogTalkRadio: Black Politics in Minneapolis – ON POINT! with Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen.
by Donald Allen, Editor-in-Chief – The Independent Business News Network
Editors note: Excerpts taken from the original story written by Don Allen – “Will President Obama ignore Black America for Four more years.” the Oracle 12/2012.
Minneapolis, MN (BlogTalkRadio/ON POINT!/December 2012)…”As in 2008, Barack Obama has again won the votes of a majority of Americans. The re-election of the first black president has made the history books and water cooler conversations. And now is the time for black Americans to ask how we fit into the ephemeral vision called the American Dream,”
However much we may like him personally, it is a fact that President Obama failed to address the plight of black America during his first four years in office. Unemployment, wealth gaps, and the achievement gap are but a few disparities President Obama has not publically addressed for Black Americans. This is evident by many Black churches organizing against the president because of his views on same-sex marriage and no attention paid to the many overwhelming disparities of Black America. Many of us that fight for justice daily realize that this fight is sometimes against some of our own people — those in positions of power and influence who have convinced themselves that the poor, unemployed or homeless among us are members of a caste not worth dealing with, and who refuse to recognize, and to fight against what Alexander calls “the new Jim Crow.” A great example would be the large number of non-profits in north Minneapolis who continue to benefit from perpetual funding streams while north Minneapolis and it’s people having disparities that have grown exponentially without any hope in sight.
The current president is a man of great acumen and tremendous problem-solving skills. And we must not let politicians of any color lull us into complacency, or into accepting broken promises and inaction with empty messages of hope and change. This is the time, Black America, for us to demand that our “Black Messiah” start dealing with the issues germane to us as a people. We must refuse to let those who oppose our interests call us “racists” for calling attention to the entrenched, structural manifestations of racial inequality in this society. The president is well known for having engaged in targeted outreach to the GLBT and Latino communities (though his attention to the latter came very late in the game). Why, then, does he consistently refuse to address the specific needs of black people? The Democratic Party of America has made many promises to Black America – jobs, economic development, education and use of the American Dream. But what it all boils down to are many broken promises and a “caste” of people.
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