On Saturday (September 24, 2011) President Barack Obama spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Responding to allegations that he not doing enough to ease black unemployment (which is currently 16.7%), and is “giving in” too much to Republicans, he said, “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.” He also said, “It gets folks discouraged. I know. I listen to some of y’all. I need your help.” Acknowledging that blacks have suffered from this recession, he continued, “So many people are still hurting. So many people are barely hanging on.” Then he added, “And so many people in this city are fighting us every step of the way.”
But not everyone is convinced by Obama’s speech. Erik Todd Dellums, a blog writer and actor who is the son of former Rep. Ron Dellums (D-CA) said, “I don’t think that the president is leading from a place of compassion. I think he’s leading from a place of fear right now. I don’t really understand what is going on.” “The president is in a unique place and I think he’s failing himself truly. And I think, race has something to do with this,” said Dellums.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) caused a commotion in August, 2011, when she asked black constituents, …”let us know it is time to let go, we’ll let go.” “Our people are hurting,” said Waters. “The unemployment is unconscionable; we don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why on this trip [Obama’s “Jobs” bus tour] that he’s in the United States, not in any black communities, we don’t know that.” The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president too. We’re supportive of the president, but we’re getting tired, ya’ll. We’re getting tired. And so, what we want to do is, we want to give the president every opportunity to show what he can do and what he’s prepared to lead on. We want to give him every opportunity, but our people are hurting.”
BTW, that is same CBC that is now calling the Tea Party “racist” and is calling Rep. Herman Cain (and Rep. Allen West) “oreos.” Several CBC members questioned the “blackness” of Cain and West, and at least one called them “oreos” – a racial slur meaning one who is “black on the outside, but white on the inside.” The definition is as racist as one can get, but these CBC members had no problem using it.
Several CBC members said the Tea Party is racist because it came into existence during the Obama Administration, with one member calling it a response to “having a black man in office.” That, for the CBC, was proof the group is racist. “They came about at a time where most of America was relishing in the fact that the country had changed in a symbolic way and an African-American was elected President,” one CBC member said.
Perhaps this country did not NEED a Tea Party before Obama became president.
But that’s just my opinion.