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In case you missed it, here’s an interesting rundown of the most intriguing quotes in the news circles (of particular interest to Black folks of course).
“…so this whole notion that all black Americans are necessarily going to stay and vote Democrat and vote for Obama, that’s simply not true. More and more black Americans are thinking for themselves. And that’s a good thing.”
- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on how brainwashed so many African-Americans are by the Democrats.
Unlike the extremely outspoken Rep. Maxine Waters, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Emanuel Cleaver has attempted to promote the cause of African-Americans through polite means. While he stands by many CBC members’ critiques of the president’s failure to address black unemployment, he has done so without fiery words. Cleaver understands that his group must be free to pursue black interests in Congress, even if that means going against the opinion of America’s first black president. But at the same time, the former mayor of Kansas City is highly sensitive to appearances. A black president being attacked by fellow African-American politicos can help fuel hostile foes of Obama’s legislation. The Miami Herald reports that Rep. Cleaver tries to balance the CBC’s scrutiny with support of the president — but this balancing act is not easy.
Miamiherald.com has more on this black leader caught in a political catch-22:
Cleaver is a lifelong Democrat who prizes political loyalty, and black unemployment has put him and the group he leads in the awkward position of criticizing the policies of a president they admire, but not the president himself.
“It’s not personal,” Cleaver said. “They’re attacking his policies, or lack thereof, with regard to this gigantic unemployment problem among African-Americans. If we can’t criticize a black president, then it’s all over.”
When lawmakers swarmed around Obama as he was leaving the House of Representatives chamber after his recent speech on jobs, caucus members were in the crush, eager for a handshake, a pat on the shoulder or an autograph.
“This is an unprecedented circumstance where an African-American president who is an iconic, heroic figure enjoys a status with African-Americans that no one since Martin Luther King has enjoyed,” said former Rep. Artur Davis, D-ALA., who was a member of the black caucus until leaving office a year ago.
By Charlotte Young
President Barack Obama may have had the majority of the black community’s support for his 2008 election, but he’s going to have to work harder to secure the vote this time around.
On CNN’s Sunday State of the Union, Rep. Elijah Cummings said that while African Americans are very proud and protective of the president, most African Americans he’s talked to said, “they want him to fight and fight harder” for their needs.
Obama recently announced his new jobs and economic plan, but the Congressional Black Caucus is wondering just how much of that plan will directly alleviate black unemployment, which is almost double the national average, at about 15.9 percent.
BlackAmericaWeb.com says that in recent weeks, Obama and the CBC have taken very different tours of the US. Obama has been visiting majority white regions of the Midwest, while the CBC has taken on a five-city job fair and town hall meeting tour to specifically address black unemployment.
The tour was a response to the CBC’s frustration at the Republican-controlled House of Representative’s inability to address any of their nearly 40 job related legislation. In addition, the black caucus also believes that the White House isn’t working hard enough to address the unemployment needs of the black community.
Rep. Maxine Waters represents the members of the CBC and the black community who have taken a strong disapproval to the president’s choice of stops along his recent campaign trail.
“We’re supportive of the president, but we’re getting tired, y’all,” she said at a black caucus town hall meeting last week in Detroit. “The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why, on this trip that he’s in the United States now, he’s not in any black community.”
Cummings maintains a gentler stance, noting that the president should visit Iowa, but he should also come down to Detroit and Los Angeles.
Obama’s re-election campaign’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, said that the president has made efforts to address the black community.
Axelrod also appeared on the “State of the Union,” and relayed how Obama’s work with health care law, Medicaid and Pell Grant student loans directly benefited minority concerns.
Still Cummings stresses that Obama must go “back to those basic points.”
“When he came in he talked about hope, he talked about jobs, he talked about fairness, he talked about addressing Wall Street effectively and efficiently,” he told CNN.
(LA Times) — Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) came out swinging against Republicans in Congress on Saturday as she addressed the unemployed during a forum in Inglewood. The event occurred a day after new statistics were released showing that California’s jobless rate last month went up to 12%, from 11.8%. California now has the second-highest rate of unemployment in the nation, trailing only Nevada at 12.9%, and its jobless rate is well above the U.S. average of 9.1%. Waters vowed to push Congress to focus on creating more jobs. “I’m not afraid of anybody,” said Waters. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to hell.”
(Daily Beast) — With a stinging budget defeat behind them and unemployment in the black community soaring to 16 percent, members of the Congressional Black Caucus say they’re done waiting for Barack Obama to fight their battles for them. Instead, the 43 African-American lawmakers say they’re taking matters into their own hands and will carry the fight to Tea Party Republicans, whom they blame for Obama’s latest lurch to the right. “The Tea Party discovered something. That is if they organize, if they talk loud enough, if they threaten, if they register to vote and elect a few people, they can take over the Congress of the United States,” said Rep. Maxine Waters. “They called our bluff and we blinked. We should have made them walk the plank.”
“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,” West said. “So I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the underground railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.”These statements were made after much griping by those who attended the CBC town hall, where voters gathered to complain about the poor service President Obama has rendered to the black community. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters responded by suggesting that the CBC agrees, and is only waiting for explicit permission from African-Americans to take the president to task over his failure to address our issues. Waters told attendants of the Detroit town hall: “We’re getting tired, y’all…We want to give him every opportunity. But our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. … When you let us know it is time to let go, we’ll let go.” She referred to the fact that black unemployment stands at over 17% compared to the national average of about 9% — statistics often mentioned as proof that Obama has failed to help blacks. While Rep. Waters does have a point about holding President Obama accountable for his actions (or lack thereof) regarding the black community, the CBC has never been the president’s friend. In fact, the Congressional Black Caucus famously supported Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign before Obama secured the nomination. Theirs has been a love-hate relationship ever since, and they have never acted as true allies. The CBC has unleashed a string of criticisms on the president since that time. Thus, it’s hard to take one more CBC bad-mouthing of Obama seriously. It reeks of political posturing. While that’s the name of the game in DC, until all the political interests in Washington work together to create positive change for blacks (including the CBC), it amounts to empty posturing.West said Democrats’ “social welfare policies” have failed.