COMMENTARY: Will Obama Connect More With Black Americans? Yes

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And here’s one example: Alabama will lose approximately $11 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 150 teachers and aide jobs at risk. In addition, about 21,000 fewer students would be served and about 40 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Alabama will lose about $9 million in funds for about 110 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

These are critical issues that directly impact millions of African Americans.

On Monday, the White House hosted a Town Hall health symposium specifically designed for African Americans. On Tuesday, the White House will honor ten leaders who have devoted their time to helping further education among African Americans.  On Wednesday, Obama will speak on Capitol Hill for the dedication of a statue to Rosa Parks. And in May, Obama will deliver the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Two weeks ago, Obama spoke to 500 students at Hyde Park Academy High School in a predominantly black section of Chicago and he also met privately for an hour with 16 black male students who are experiencing a myriad of challenges in their lives.

In an interview at the White House earlier this month, Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s senior adviser, said Obama takes his role as a mentor to black males seriously.

“This is very personal for him because he didn’t have a father,” Jarrett said of the president during a one-hour session at the White House with six African American journalists.  “He was raised by a single mom so he knows the challenges.”

These series of events by the president is no coincidence.

The White House has adjusted the president’s schedule to include meetings with African American leaders, sessions with black male teens, and recent interviews with radio talk show hosts Rev. Al Sharpton, Yolanda Adams and Joe Madison.

The customer in my barber shop is right: Obama will become a more vocal and effective advocate for black Americans as he settles into his second term.

In fact, he’s already started.

What do you think?
(Photo: AP)

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  3. Here is what our President should do:
    1. Tell our children it is ok “too act white” , be a nerd and get an education
    2. Get Married before you make a baby
    3. MEN… Be responsible and support your family
    4. Delay gratification

    Every study has shown the poorest and perpetually the poorest are those that are single Mom’s or start out as single Mom’s with no Male support and no education

  4. I CAN RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENTS SIR , THE REPUBLICANS YOU REFER TO HAVE THERE MONEY IN OVERSEAS ACCOUNTS NOW, IF THEY LEFT THE COUNTRY IT WOULD BE TO CHECK UP ON THERE REAL INTRESTS AND INVESTMENTS.HOW DARE YOU USE A BLANKET STATEMENT TO DESCRIBE ALL PEOPLE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN DECENT LIVING IN THIS COUNTRY. I MAKE ABOVE THE MINIMUM WAGE BUT THAT NUMBER HAS BEEN BELOW THE COST OF LIVING FOR WELL OVER 20 YEARS AND THERE HAS BEEN NO RISE IN THE LIVING WAGE FOR 30 YEARS , NOW ADD IN THE “WHITE FLIGHT” AND TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE AREAS IN WHICH THE MINIMUM WAGE WORKER LIVES , COMBINE THAT WITH THE LOSS OF SELF THAT COME FROM A LIFE OF STRUGGLE AND HEALTH CARE CO
    MES INTO PLAY. BUT A MINIMUM WAGE WORKER CANT AFFORD HEALTH CARE , GOOD FOOD OR A SUITABLE EDUCATION FOR THE KIDS AS IN CHICAGO THERE ARE ATTEMPTING TO CLOSE 100 PLUS SCHOOLS , AND GUESS WHERE, U GOT IT WHERE THE VOICE OF PEOPLE IS DROWNED OUT ,WHERE THE VOICES THAT CAN ASSIST AND ARE PUT IN PLACE TO DO SO SUFFER FROM THE EFFECTS OF LIVING IN DARK SKIN AND WIND UP ONLY TAKING CARE OF SELF. IE JESSE JR. LETS BE CLEAR THE AIR THE DELIBERATE ACTIONS OF “THERE FOREFATHERS” IS THE REAL PROBLEM. WHEN BLACKS WERE REPUBLICAN SHORTLY AFTER THE CIVIL WAR THE FEAR MONGERING THEY SPREAD TO RETAIN OFFICE SET THE STAGE FOR POLITICAL CLIMATE WE HAVE TODAY. ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS MADE ARE TAKEN BACK QUIETLY THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES THAT BUILD WEALTH THROUGH ASCENTION WERE DENIED. WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO BUILD WEALTH AND KNOWLEDGE AND PASS IT ALONG TO FUTURE GENERATIONS IS WHAT HAS ALLOWED OBJECT POVERTY IN THE INNER CITY. LAZY WE HAVE PUT IN HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF WORK , WE ARE TIRED STRESSED AND AT WITS END. AS AN ADULT I HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND HOW MY FATHER GOD WORKS , HE REQUIRES ME TO GIVE OF MYSELF, FOR I AM MY BROTHERS KEEPER. THE ABSENCE OF GOD IS WHAT U SEE IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND OUR HISTORY IS THE KEY TO THE BREAKTHROUGH WE DESPERATLY NEED.

  5. Talk radio and Fox news contend that President Obama is the one who created this factor known as sequestration that when it kicks in on March 1 will definitely impact African-Americans and others who don’t have a nest egg set aside to weather the economic storm. The Great Depression will probably be kindergarten compared to this thing. Gee, whiz, shucks golly! It took a second term for him (Obama) to start meeting with African-American leaders. One thing is certain, the moment won’t be chronicled in the weeks best photo section in Jet magazine, if they still have that feature. Truth be told that kind of thing does not resonate in the black community anymore. No, it’s not like the photo op in the 60′s that had Dr. King of SCLC, Roy Wilkins of the NAACP and Whitney Young of the National Urban League with President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House. Substance counts more than symbolism. The symbolism has lost its luster. Blacks turned out to re-elect Obama but it wasn’t like the first time. Whether Obama wil be become a vocal and effective advocate for black Americans, I am going to watch what he and his administration do rather than what they say.

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  7. Black democrats don’t realize that they have been sucker by Obama. He won’t and can’t help them because the reason most people are in the economic situation they are in is because they fall into one of these three catagory assuming they are in good physical and mental health. They are either stupid ( makeing bad decision ) have low IQ, and are lazy. Find someone over the age of 30 that have never made above or barly above the minimun wage and you find someone that will fall into one of the three catagories I mention, and no president can change that, If all of the republicans were to leave the country for ten years but leave thrir weath here, when they return black democrats not black republicans of African who emigrants to the US will still be at the bottom of the totem pole.

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