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Black Agenda Report: Top Ten Answers To Excuses For Obama’s Betrayals and Failures

April 28, 2011

Top Ten Answers To Excuses For Obama’s Betrayals and Failures

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Early this month, panelists on MSNBC’s corporate “Black Agenda” show agreed that black dissatisfaction, disappointment and disaffection with the Obama administration was growing. The brick and mortar of the Black Wall Around Barack Obama are the plentiful and often contradictory excuses which black misleaders and ordinary people offer and accept for his administration’s many failures and betrayals. These excuses are important because the illusion of nearly unanimous black support, no matter what he does or does not do remains President Obama’s most vital political asset.

It’s high time for black America to stop making and to stop accepting excuses for the presidency of Barack Obama.

So as a public service, we offer this list of the top ten such excuses, followed by a quick and effective answer for each. We invite our gentle readers to try these out on the Obamaphiles you meet on a daily basis, your family, friends, co-workers, classmates and others. Be respectful, not derisive, and remember that not many adults will change their minds in real time in front of you and tell you so. Be mindful of opportunities to conduct your discussions with Obamaphiles in front of one or more bystanders. You’re more likely to convert them. Let us know how it works out, and use the comments section if you run into new and noteworthy excuses.

EXCUSE NUMBER 10: “You can’t expect him to address issues like black unemployment, which has been double the white rate forever. He’s not the president of Black America, and you can’t expect him to act like it. He’s the president of the United States of America…”

QUICK ANSWER: Obama wasn’t drafted, he volunteered for the job, he campaigned for it, said he was “Joshua” to Dr. King’s Moses, and lectured us on the Fierce Urgency of Now. He campaigned like a “civil rights leader.” His web site said “Join the Movement!” If the black president can’t or won’t address black mass incarceration, black unemployment, HIV-AIDS, the foreclosure crisis and other matters that disproportionately affect our communities, then why do we have any kind of collective racial obligation to support him?

EXCUSE NUMBER 9: “President Obama is doing the best he can. It took Bush and Cheney eight whole years to screw things up this thoroughly. Obama’s only been in office (fill in the blank) years…”


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