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Obama Turns His Back on Blacks, Jews

Monday, 16 February 2015 07:21 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In civil rights and politics, blacks and Jews have much in common. In the fight against racism and bigotry in the United States, there was no stronger bond than that between blacks and Jews.

Of those who fought against segregation in the South, other than blacks, no other group was more hated and despised by the Klu Klux Klan than Jews.

James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were ambushed and killed by the Klan and local law enforcement in June 1964 in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

The three young men were volunteers in “Freedom Summer” working to register black voters. Schwerner and Goodman were Jewish. Schwerner was a particular target of the local Klan and law enforcement who reportedly called him “Jew boy.” On Nov. 24, 2014, President Obama posthumously awarded these civil rights martyrs the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Politically, blacks and Jews are among the most loyal constituencies of the Democratic Party. Blacks gave Obama over 93 percent of their vote in 2008 and 2012; Jewish voters gave him 78 percent and 69 percent of their vote in 2008 and 2012 respectively.

Unfortunately, there is something else they have common: being disrespected and given short thrift by the president and his administration.

After five years in office, the president instituted the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to address “opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential,” a commendable effort.

The problem is that thousands of black boys and young men will never reach their “full potential” because they have been or will be slaughtered in urban gang violence at rates approaching those in Afghanistan.

And, with the astronomical unemployment rates of young black men, if they avoid death in the streets, too many will wind up idle on the corner and become absentee fathers. While taking executive action and urging legislative measures to assist virtually every other constituency, the president has done nothing comparable for his most loyal constituency in six years.

While only 17 percent of black youth between 15-17 years of age live in homes with both parents and more than 72 percent of children in the black community are born out of wedlock, Obama has remained virtually silent on issues related to the survival of the black family. What an opportunity as a black father, and president, to go before major black church groups and organizations and call for a revitalization of the black family and an end to absent fathers and senseless killings!

But, as long has he has Rev. Sharpton, the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus covering his back, he can continue to give black America the back of his hand.

Jewish Americans — and Israel — like blacks, have received similar back of the hand treatment. In fact, a December poll by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies found that only 37 percent of Israelis believed that Obama has a positive attitude on Israel. That means that 67 percent think otherwise.

A few recent examples of Obama and his team exhibiting disrespect of Jewish sensitivities and Israel show that the 67 percent are right,
First, he initially referred to the kosher deli terrorist attack in Paris as people being “randomly” shot.

Next was his slap in the face to Jewish Americans and Jewish communities around the world in his Resolution to Congress regarding taking action against ISIS/ISIL. It singles out several ethnic groups threatened by ISIS: Iraqi Christians, Yezidis and Turkmens--nothing about Jews.

As Freshman Congressman Lee Zeldin, the only Republican Jewish member of Congress, said: "Jews should have been included."

And now we have the controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to address Congress to express his concerns over an agreement with Iran regarding nuclear weapons.

The President is angered by the visit because of “protocol” issues and also won’t see him, so he says, because of upcoming Israeli elections; and, some Democrats are boycotting the address including two Jewish members of the U.S. Senate.

Netanyahu is firm: “I must fulfill my obligation to speak up on a matter that affects the very survival of my country.”

He is right!

After all, how many of Netanyahu’s critics in the United States are within a few minutes range of an Iranian nuclear warhead?
Damn few!

While blacks and Jews share commonality in the fight for civil rights and political loyalties, they also share their president’s disrespect for their loyalty.

As blacks and Jews stood side by side in the fight for civil rights, they should stand side by side in rejection of the world-wide targeting of Jews and Christians by Islamic terrorists and the fight for the survival of Israel-regardless of Obama’s blindness to the same.

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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As blacks and Jews stood side by side in the fight for civil rights, they should stand side by side in rejection of the world-wide targeting of Jews and Christians by Islamic terrorists and the fight for the survival of Israel-regardless of Obama’s blindness to the same.
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