Jesse Jackson: “Poverty, Inequality and Violence Too Pervasive and Expensive to Ignore”
In 2009, the number of people living below the poverty level and on food stamps was around 32 million. Today, that number is closer to 47 million. Now a handful of black leaders are saying that President Obama has failed to address the issue, especially as it relates to the increasing number of African Americans who are still trapped in poverty.
Dr. Boyce Watkins, who describes himself as “a black man who happens to be a Finance Professor,” is now questioning President Obama’s commitment to addressing poverty in the black community and he is particularly calling out the president’s special adviser, Valerie Jarrett, whom some argue is the person who influences the political decisions of Barack Obama the most.
In a recent column on ThyBlackMan.com, Watkins laid out a number of reasons why he faults Jarrett for saying “no” to many black issues.
“Some have said that the Republican Party has been the primary obstructionist that keeps President Barack Obama from dealing with African American issues,” writes Watkins in a Sept. 17 post.
“Rather than earning the black vote by presenting a healthy track record of effort on behalf of the black community, black people are simply being told to ‘keep the faith’ (note the religious reference) and to ‘have Barack’s back,’ (note the hood slang reference). It’s as if we’re being told to ‘stop snitching’ on the White House, while Obama Administration officials sit back and laugh at how stupid we are for not asking for anything in return for unprecedented political loyalty.”
Watkins maintains that instead of working with Congressional leaders, including the Black Caucus which he says only met with Obama twice in two years, Jarrett works through people such as Al Sharpton, who in a 60 Minutes interview said he would never criticize Obama, even if he wasn’t doing his job effectively.
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