Raynard Jackson: The Riddle of Blacks and Obama
Raynard Jackson, a black Republican, recently wrote an article in which he described the black support of President Barack Obama to be confusing and without substance. Jackson points to the fact that African Americans were not considered among Supreme Court nominees, and that African Americans are typically told to “pull themselves up by the bootstraps,” while other groups are given speeches announcing policies to be delivered by the administration.
Does Jackson have a point or is he simply trying to undermine the Democrats by pointing out the things that they do wrong? If you’ll notice, he didn’t mention how the Republicans could do any better:
In the 2008 presidential election, Blacks were the largest voting block for Obama (as a percentage)—96%. But, yet, the first Black president has fewer Blacks serving in his administration than former President, George W. Bush. The first Black president thinks so little of Black women that he refused to even interview any Black female lawyers or judges for the 2 Supreme Court picks he has put on the bench. Even if he knew he would not choose them, at least interview them for the optics! Last year, in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the first Black president said, “Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We’ve got work to do, CBC.”
A week earlier, Obama spoke at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He highlighted two specific pieces of legislation that he was actively trying to pass that would overwhelmingly be to the primary benefit of the Hispanic community—the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. Not one time did he tell them to stop complaining?
A month later Obama spoke before The Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group. Again, Obama talked about how he repealed, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and mandated hospital visitation rights for same s*x couples. Again, not one time did he tell them to stop complaining?
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