We are about one year away from the official swearing in of America's first black president. One year away and black backlash concerning Obama's commitment to addressing the economic and social woes African Americans face seems to be swelling. This trend is validated by the following articles:
Something Special for Everyone from Obama, But Not for Blacks
OPINION: Obama’s Indifference Is An Insult To Black Voters
Are Blacks Abandoning Obama?
Obama Defends Himself Against Black Critics
Black members of Congress have begun pressing their demands that the nation’s first African-American president do more for minorities hard hit by the recession, noting the billions of dollars spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to prop up big banks and large corporations. Nationally,unemployment stands at 10 percent while 15.6 percent of blacks are jobless.
More detailed thoughts on this subject will be posted before the year ends. Here, I wanted to present articles so we can scrutinize and prioritize the complaints and dissatisfaction. In the wake of a historic election, this disturbing trend, if accurate, threatens to detour blacks onto a familiar path of discord and dysfunction. Booker T Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and other black leaders all viciously battled one another to the detriment of the collective.
What has a history of division taught us?
To quote a famous former Chicago community organizer; "This is OUR time!" Resonating within Obama's universal mantra was a subtle nod to the people whose ancestors entered the race for freedom, justice and equality some 300 years after other Americans.
The president never promised to "save us." However, he has provided the inspiration, government resources and a blueprint for us to save ourselves.
In the afterglow of a momentous election, we stand at a symbolic crossroad. We can continue a disturbing trend, plodding along a divisive path paved by unmet, Messiah-like expectations and in-fighting. Or, blacks can grasp the baton history has handed them, sprint like hell before the four-year clock times out and finally, finally assume our rightful place in an ongoing race.
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