Opinion: Is the Congressional Black Caucus Tough Enough on Obama?

Political commentator Raynard Jackson examines President Obama's relationship with Black members of Congress

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If I were white, I would treat Blacks the same way whites treat us.  More specifically, I am talking about the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).  They claim to be the conscience of the Black community.  More aptly put, they should be considered the con of the Black community.

As I often say, “weak people take strong positions on weak issues.”

The CBC’s latest “tough” stand concerns Attorney General Eric Holder.  Yesterday, Congress voted Holder to be in contempt of Congress.  As a protest, members of the CBC walked out during the vote.  WOW!  What a courageous stand (with every bit of sarcasm I can muster)!

The CBC is the same group that that has stood silently by as Obama has consistently shown his disdain for them and the issues they claim to care about the most.  As a matter of fact, their chairman, Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO), went so far as to say on national TV that, “if Obama were white, they would be marching on the White House.”

Two weeks ago, Obama decided to provide work permits to over 1 million illegals to compete with low and under-skilled Blacks.  The CBC and other liberal groups, like the NAACP, the Urban League, etc., have been complaining for over three years about the high unemployment rate within the Black community and Obama has refused to even address the issue.

Did they ever walk out of a meeting with Obama?  Oh, I forgot, they can barely get a meeting with Obama.  Obama has met more with gays and Hispanics this year alone than he has with the CBC in the three years of his presidency.

In three State of the Union speeches before Congress, Obama has not mentioned one policy specifically directed towards the Black community, but yet has enumerated a laundry list of things he has done or is trying to do for gays and Hispanics.  Did the CBC walk out of a State of the Union address?

Obama has never met with a group of Black businessmen to discuss economic issues relative to Blacks.  Has the CBC done anything about it?

Whites account for 76.3%, Blacks account for 12.1%, Hispanics 7.4%, and gays 2% of the vote respectively.  So, Blacks comprise the second largest voting block in the country, yet have received the least for their support of Obama.

What parent in their right mind would take a loaf of bread from their kids to give to someone they don’t know?  It seems only within Black, liberal groups that this is done.

How can the CBC and the NAACP support Obama’s amnesty for illegals and yet complain about the high unemployment rate within the Black community?  How can Blacks vote for Obama when he has done absolutely nothing for them; but yet he continues to shower the spoils of victory upon gays and illegals?

Unlike the CBC, Obama has not conned the Black community.  He never said he would do anything specific to the Black community–and has delivered on that.  Conversely, the CBC claims to represent the Black community and has delivered nothing to them.

If the CBC were a corporation, they would be sued for false advertising and gross negligence for lying to their shareholders (the Black community).  So, while the CBC is marching out of the Congress to protest the contempt vote against Holder, Blacks continue to be unemployed, fatherless, murdered, denigrated on TV, and marginalized.

CBC, how about you march down to the White House and get the President to actually pay attention and do something about the above pathologies?  Maybe you should pretend that you are gay or illegal, I can guarantee you that the President would meet with you.

Weak people take strong positions on weak issues.

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a D.C.-public relations/government affairs firm. His website is:  www.raynardjackson.com.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Unlockedlovers Mary Wright

    It’s very rare that I agree with nearly every word someone else writes about the Black community. This is one of those times. Unfortunately, the Black vote is being taken for granted. President Obama has not earned the Black vote and he certainly has not backed any policies to make life easier in the Black community. He has repeatedly supported Gay & Hispanic issues. Raynard Jackson says Blacks continue to be unemployed, fatherless, murdered, denigrated on TV and marginalized.

    Since I’m in the love/relationship business, I’d also like to add that Black women continue to go unmarried at alarmingly high rates. We could also mention the HIV infection rate but this article could only cover so much. All of these social ills could have been addressed by the CBC during the President’s first few years in office. But, of course, the Black community is still waiting. What’s new?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Unlockedlovers Mary Wright

    It’s very rare that I agree with nearly every word someone else writes about the Black community. This is one of those times. Unfortunately, the Black vote is being taken for granted. President Obama has not earned the Black vote and he certainly has not backed any policies to make life easier in the Black community. He has repeatedly supported Gay & Hispanic issues. Raynard Jackson says Blacks continue to be unemployed, fatherless, murdered, denigrated on TV and marginalized.

    Since I’m in the love/relationship business, I’d also like to add that Black women continue to go unmarried at alarmingly high rates. We could also mention the HIV infection rate but this article could only cover so much. All of these social ills could have been addressed by the CBC during the President’s first few years in office. But, of course, the Black community is still waiting. What’s new?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Unlockedlovers Mary Wright

    It’s very rare that I agree with nearly every word someone else writes about the Black community. This is one of those times. Unfortunately, the Black vote is being taken for granted. President Obama has not earned the Black vote and he certainly has not backed any policies to make life easier in the Black community. He has repeatedly supported Gay & Hispanic issues. Raynard Jackson says Blacks continue to be unemployed, fatherless, murdered, denigrated on TV and marginalized.

    Since I’m in the love/relationship business, I’d also like to add that Black women continue to go unmarried at alarmingly high rates. We could also mention the HIV infection rate but this article could only cover so much. All of these social ills could have been addressed by the CBC during the President’s first few years in office. But, of course, the Black community is still waiting. What’s new?

  • Raynard Jackson

    Mary, thanks for taking time to share your thoughts. Please add me 2 ur facebook so we can conenct!

  • Darrell Brown

    Sometimes I wonder whether we have unrealistic expectations of our public figures, or just diminished expectations of ourselves. It should be patently clear that no president in our lifetimes is likely to, say, issue monetary reparations; we’ll all be dead and buried by then. My concern is building a framework for future generations who might grudgingly be given their “40 acres and a mule” when we’re less than six percent of the population. I am really not witnessing us making direct investments in our communities; attending PTA meetings; or demanding financial accountability by our churches. What I see is endless consumption and chattering about nothing. Obama and government can’t and won’t do it all. Not only is this a “post-racial” society, it is a non-racial society in which most of the people in prison just “happen” to be poor and Black. Feel me?