It took a few months, but the Congressional Black Caucus finally had its jobs meeting at the White House.
I'll give the President the benefit of the doubt... let him get to his second term before you start vilifying for what he's not doing for the black community ... He's done quite a bit (IMO) his first term... it's quite possible if he (The President) "overtly" does things for "US"... it will be used against him come 2012. So allow him to get to his second term first...
Sorry, Suge, but your argument doesn't hold water. It's one thing to not do things "overtly", as you say, for the black community, and it's another to institute policies that do "overtly" harm the black community, which Obama has. The assault has not been so much on black people directly, but on the poor and lower middle class, a disproportionate number of which are black.
How many black people benefited from the continuation of the Bush tax cuts? How many from his carry over of the billions-dollar bailout to the "too big to fail" corporations, some of which caused the economic collapse? How about Obama's "overt" patronizing "bootstraps"-style speech to black people, all about personal responsibility and accountability, while not extending the same expectations to the wealthy elite, who by and large he gave "handouts" to.
Obama, for his socially and morally bankrupt policies thus far, and for his unassailability amongst black people, is about the worst thing to happen to us in quite awhile. He is the white establishment's Manchurian candidate, a corporate suit in blackface, and nothing more. Actually, he is a lot more than that. All of it worse.
The unemployment rate hovers around what now, 11-12%? That's an arbitrary number based on the last time I checked, so it may be wrong. But it's high, that's the point. A number I know to be accurate, however, is the unemployment rate amongst black people against 18-24, which is around 35%. I don't think policies that help alleviate that burden would be "overt". They'd be "necessary".
How about doing anything to dismantle or offset the power of the Prison Industrial Complex, which practically feeds off of the disproportionate incrimination of black men? How about his complete non-stance on immigration, which has led to a spreading offensive against brown folks - starting in Arizona, and expanding outward? How about his continuation of "No Child Left Behind", a top-down, bless-the-rich, curse-the-poor, policy that continues to leave corrupt public school administrators scrambling for funding while the kids suffer - something I've seen first hand as a mentor for black high school students.
Man, here's a thought experiment for you to really try. In your mind, give Obama a white-face (not too much of a stretch in my opinion), and then ask yourself if you're really satisfied with what he's been doing. This cult of personality thing he's got going really is formidable. I mean it's a given that black people are voting Democrat out of tradition at this point, but it's about time to stop that nonsense. And no, I'm certainly not suggesting they switch to Republican. Neither party is any good, and as Dr. West has said on numerous occasions, both are beholden to corporate interests.
Guess whose interests usually do NOT align with corporate ones? Black people. The Kool-Aid bowl is EMPTY. Let's move on.
Dr. West, you talk about a sense of betrayal, but I'm not reading that from black people that I've spoken with about Obama. People seem to be as adamantly in support of Obama as ever. The commenter above is one example, but I bet that if I did an informal poll of folks in my neighborhood, the vast majority would say they still back him.
I've had to argue with relatives about what he's DOING versus what he supposedly represents, and it's incredible how fast the conversation shuts down. Not until I pointed out that I couldn't possibly be coming at Obama from the same angle as the racist Republicans, birthers, tea party, and their ilk - was my one relative able to even consider that there might be another, valid, argument against him.
I Think we should understand by now president Obama's difficulities : I believe all white cabinet membere in his Adm. not fully cooperative or willing to help him to sucess, In adition we all Blacks in general expecting him to solve our every Issues. Simply that is is not fair. Yes ! he have a weekness in so many areas like every other perivous presidents, but he is not responsible for blacks Issues, because he is The first BLACK prisedent.