Sharpton: “African Americans Cannot Wait For Obama to Write a Black Agenda to Himself”
by Yvette Carnell
Self appointed representative of the black community, Rev. Al Sharpton, and National Urban League head ,Marc Morial, were among those who met on Monday to craft a black agenda to take to President Obama.
Marc Morial signaled that ensuring the fiscal cliff does not hurt blacks is one of his priorities.
“Preserving tax cuts for those already battered Americans is the very least that our leaders can do to give some continuing relief to low-, middle- and working-class Americans,” Morial told reporters on Monday.
Fine. But the fictional fiscal cliff is about America in general, not black people specifically, so, we shouldn’t construe not going over the fiscal cliff as a win for black people.
To Morial’s credit, he did list additional issues on the black agenda, which include; working for parity for blacks in education, health care and the economy; reforming the criminal justice system; and protecting and defending voting rights.
Problem: The items mentioned are so general that any move Obama makes on any of these issues could be considered a win. Truth is, the folks in charge of the black agenda waited too late to move on it, and now they’re scrambling, hoping the president will do something, anything, to help them save face.
Sharpton is right in saying that we can’t wait for Obama to write a black agenda to himself from us, but that agenda should’ve been written years ago, around the time when Sharpton was on 60 Minutes explaining his vow not to criticize Obama during his first term. Now, however, we have no leverage. We are at the mercy of Obama, hopin’, wishin’, and prayin’ that he tosses a little something our way.
Understand that the only person with any leverage now is Obama. He holds all the cards, and that’s because our so-called leaders don’t understand how this political card game is played. Which brings me to the central point: Maybe it’s time for new leaders.
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