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Hold Obama, Democrats Accountable for Blacks Disrespect

By Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:16 AM Current | Bio | Archive

President Obama and much of the black political and civil rights leadership have become pretty adept at expressing selective sorrow, outrage, and expressing condolences to victims of gun violence.

But it all depends on who pulls the trigger.

Last week in a tweet, Obama called a 15-year-old black football player shot to death in Knoxville, Tenn., shielding three girls from gunshots a “hero.”

In an obvious reference to gun control, he asked: “What’s our excuse for not acting?”

He sent representatives to the funerals of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Freddie Gray in Baltimore — both killed by white police.

And, last month in a Facebook post, he said he was “deeply disturbed” by a police video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting and killing a black teenager.

The above expressions could be considered commendable. But, given the nature of the violence and shooting gallery atmosphere in many of our cities, the concern is a bit selective.

As I have often written in this space, neither Obama nor most black civil rights and political leaders express the same feelings over the black against black genocide occurring daily in our major cities.

Blacks in Chicago are to be commended for taking their protests over the latest police shooting and alleged cover-up to the white business district instead of, as in Ferguson and Baltimore, looting and burning their own communities.

There were no such protests urging the mayor and president to take action to stop the thousands of black on black gang killings that make many Chicago black neighborhoods killing fields; and, no demands for the resignations of key city officials for the lack of city response to the litany of black on black murders.

A good example is Reverend Jesse Jackson. In one interview he complained about Chicago’s 25 percent overall and 50 percent youth black and brown unemployment rates, the closing of grocery stores, drug stores, and 50 schools.

Not much said about the killings. His remedy: a “White House policy on violence and urban reconstruction.”

In a similar vein, in a recent Time magazine article referring to gun violence in black communities as a “massive problem,” six time NBA champion, league Most Valuable Player, and author, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar asks, “Where’s the outrage? The demand for substantive action? The address from the Oval Office?”

He went on to say, “An announcement from the Oval Office that we’re intensifying our attacks on poverty to save lives, strengthen the economy and give hope to other Americans who need it now would be welcomed.”

He makes good points but he should not hold his breath. 

The question is: why has he, Jackson, the NAACP and so many others prominent in black advocacy, including the Congressional Black Caucus, been so reluctant to demand action by the first black president to address the issues of urban violence and black on black crime?

It is really embarrassing.

So what has Obama done on the issue of urban violence and the problems plaguing black America? Not much.

Six years into his presidency — six years — he announced two initiatives: a Task Force on 21st Century Policing in response to events in Ferguson, and other cities with the goal of instituting new steps to strengthen the relationships between local police and the communities; and, the My Brother’s Keeper Imitative to help break down barriers, “clear pathways to opportunity, and reverse troubling trends” for boys and young men of color.

Too little too late. 

No major legislative initiatives dealing with problems facing urban America even when he had a Democratic Congress. Meanwhile, he moved with “warp speed” to address issues related to same sex marriage, protecting children of illegal immigrants, and being an advocate for the abortionist lobby, and Planned Parenthood. 

Any “black agenda” was in the back of the first black president’s priority bus. Why were urban issues not on his agenda? As he and defenders said, he was president of all America, not of black America.

The same “blinders on” attitude also applies to Hillary Clinton. She can talk all she wants to about “Black Lives Matter,” racism and injustice regarding law enforcement, but, I note that she, like Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, rarely, if ever, call for an outright attack on joblessness, urban poverty, and black on black violence in our major cities — all controlled by their own Democrats.

What are worse, black Democrats and civil rights leaders don’t even attempt to demand answers and accountability.

That’s one reason why blacks are so disrespected politically — they and their leaders engage in selective outrage. They are so quick to say that Republicans and conservatives are insensitive to the needs of blacks and urban America, while giving their Democrats, including Obama, a huge pass on poverty, unemployment, and the gamut of ills affecting urban America.

The sad truth is that they have been a day late and a dollar short when it comes to holding Obama and Democrats responsible for seven years of neglect of millions of black American families trapped in violence plagued ghettos.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.


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Black Democrats and civil rights leaders don’t even attempt to demand answers and accountability. They and their leaders engage in selective outrage, giving their Democrats, including Obama, a huge pass on poverty, unemployment, and the gamut of ills affecting urban America.
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