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Black Activists React to Obama’s State of the Union Speech and It Isn’t Pretty

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    A group of black grassroots activists in Chicago sat and listened to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday, hoping to hear a new and uplifting message. Instead, they say they heard much of the same empty rhetoric that they have grown accustomed to hearing from politicians in Washington....


    ...J.R. Fleming, a member of Chicago’s Anti-Eviction Campaign, said Obama’s speech was “the same ol’, same ol’.” He summed up the address as a “bunch of talk and rhetoric to give favor to a dying economy in America.”

    “And the reason why our economy is dying is the president’s approach is always to place blame,” he added. “It’s not the 1 percent problem, it’s not the 99 percent problem, it’s an American problem. And the problem is patronage, nepotism and cronyism.”

    Joe Watkins, the founder of V.O.T.E. (Voices of the Ex-Offender), said Obama has been “more hurtful to the black race than he has been helpful.” He claimed some people will accept his failures due to “symbolic” reasons relating to the color of his skin.

    “But those of us at the bottom of the ladder don’t accept that,” he added.

    Watkins also criticized the president for focusing so much on raising the minimum wage when too many people don’t have jobs at all. How will raising the minimum wage “going to help people who don’t have any jobs right now?” he asked.

    Another activist with V.O.T.E. actually addressed Obama personally, telling him the black community would probably better off if he ended his presidency right now.

    “Just quit,” Mark Carter said. “Because if this is what you call helping us, then just stop helping us.”

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/201...tate-of-the-union-speech-and-it-wasnt-pretty/
     
  2. Rippon

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    Wow,especially with what Mark Carter said. "Just quit."

    It sounds like heresy to many black folks but a white leader,in some cases may be of better value to blacks overall.I really would have liked some conservative black writers to run for President. But Thomas Sowell is too old. Walter Williams is right behind him. Shelby Steele may be a possibility.

    In my dreams Thomas Sowell would tell him --You're out. I'm taking over --not publicly,but behind the scenes. You will make appearances and give speeches --mine. But you will be a mere figurehead for the rest of your lame duck term. I'll be pulling your strings from now on. Valerie is going to take a hike. Joe will go quietly into the night."

    Like I said --it's just a fantastic dream!
     
  3. agedman

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    Black or white - it doesn't matter - the man stated from the beginning he wanted a different America - well folks wanted change and hope. Now folks just hope America will last long enough to change congress in the next election.

    I have a friend who was discussing the current royal among a group of workers.

    One began to take offense and said, "You a racist - you just hate him 'cuz he black."

    Without missing a step, the friend said, "Hey, I don't like the white part of him, either!"

    It sure has taken the folks a long time to understand that the man is totally self absorbed, and really cares nothing for anyone else but himself. A true narcissist - which is incurable.
     
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    I remember in 2008,while I was still in South Korea I ran into an Australian guy. He asked me who I was intending to vote for. I told him it certainly wasn't going to be Obama. The guy looked at me with disgust and told me I wa a racist. "Wait,a minute. It has nothing to do with his race at all." I wasn't able to elaborate --he shuffled off and chalked me up as a racist American.
     
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    Only some folks. Too many still don't get it.
     
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    President Obama is experiencing a similar sentiment that President Bush experienced, the dissatisfaction of the hardcore elements of the party. From very different places to be sure, but eerily similar. Politics is a strange master indeed.
     
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