Huffington Post: Black Unemployment and the Great Black Disconnect for Obama

Dr. Boyce Watkins

Dr. Boyce Watkins

Professor, Syracuse University

Posted: 05/ 8/11 03:51 PM ET


President Obama has a problem, a very serious one. The president’s problem is what I would call "The Great Black Disconnect." This divide is the place where black America’s love and appreciation for the Obamas disconnects from the intense economic suffering of the African American community. Like a festering and infected wound that remains untreated, President Obama’s support within the black community is threatened by the fact that the people who love him most are suffering unlike anything our nation has seen over the last 50 years.

This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its unemployment numbers for the month of April. The figures were consistent with the jobless recovery that has taken good care of Wall Street, but created homelessness on Main Street. The national unemployment rate grew from 8.8 percent to 9 percent, which will surely perpetuate President Obama’s somber ratings on economic performance.


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3 responses to “Huffington Post: Black Unemployment and the Great Black Disconnect for Obama

  1. Obama earns respect from many of us for his intellect, his suave appearance, and his ability to woo us with smooth silky speech. I never expected much from him because as I voted for him I knew he is only a front for the real power. The Kings of our lands (if you will). Those men who would be kings view us and treat us just as those kings of the 14th or 15th century would their subjects. We are nothing more than things to be manipulated and used. We are to suffer poverty while our kings continue to garner greater wealth and power. If any of those they give an ounce of power to make a misstep, they will be dealt with severely. What our kind of Kings have learned is that they are better off by maintaining secrecy and being discreet. I must agree, it is the best way to rule over the masses as they are deprived of practically everything they had hopes for.

    Obama is also a subject of these kings, who has risen to the level of say a Duke, or Lord. To us he is the leader of our country, but to his Kings he is nothing more than a man given special privileges for his special services, just as Bush, Clinton, and those before them.
    Now which ones of those before them made a misstep? Take a wild guess!

    Black people who have been bathed in the blood of the lamb or shall I say the ‘white mans’ form of religion are as gullible as the whites who were also bathed in that blood. Blacks have a unique handicap in this so-called land of the free and home of the brave, that they sometimes forget to recognize. This is why they could praise a man like Clinton without knowing his real history or what suffering his position helped to cause for us. It is also why it is so easy for them to continue to praise Obama while not knowing his true position in this country’s makeup, and just following their generally passive belief system. The psychological ramifications of being the constant brunt of the white man’s woes does not seem to penetrate most of us. So we are left to flap our bodies in this society like fish out of water. Sure, some of us will succeed and live happily, despite the masses who will suffer great abuse, here and abroad, in prisons, and on the streets at the hands of our official gate keepers. Obama can do nothing for us, alas he can do nothing for the populace in general, but much less for us. Obama would do well to keep on the path he was put on and collect his riches at the end. (If that is what they have in store for him).

  2. Unemployment will be kept low as long as soldiers are needed to fight profitable wars to help steal the wealth or our nation’s taxes and resources, as the lies pile up to continue ‘manifest destiny’ and the pillage of the middle-east and African continent.
    A ‘WAR On EVERYTHING’ should be the ‘Kings’ of our nation’s theme. A war on everything will drain our national resources while stuffing the accounts of the Kings as they continue pillaging other nations, while leaving the after-affects of impoverished ‘People Of Color’.
    You don’t see any European (Christian) nations suffering military attacks by the Anglo-Elite “Kings”. The reasons should be obvious! The reason they put Obama into play should also be obvious. Who are those too blind to see?

    Some of us have learned how to see things a bit better than others.
    On another note. Before picking up prof. Charles Ogletree’s book ‘The Presumption Of Guilt’. My senses were already picking up the fact that the whole unbelievable story played out about Prof. Henry Lewis Gates Jr. and Police Sgt. Crowley was an end-run staged to shut down almost any attempt made to prompt Obama to address the massive amount of racial tension, abuse, injustice, and discrimination whites continue to perpetrate and perpetuate against “his” people. He is not “Authorized” to address anything nearing the trauma we must continue to suffer from this overly racist and vile society of numbskulls with pretty faces and hearts of feces.
    What is most sad is that if some blacks are oblivious to these facts, imagine how many whites are unaffected? Jobs? Are you kidding? I hear they’re hiring in prisons at around a buck a day!

  3. Really what do we expect President Obama to do in this situation? I can only echo the words of Fredrick Douglas, “What shall we do with the Negro?” “I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! If you see him on his way to school, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going to the dinner table at a hotel, let him go! If you see him going to the ballot-box, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going into a work-shop, just let him alone,–your interference is doing him a positive injury.” So, truly let us examine ourselves…

    With that being said, don’t do anything for me! This program of crippling design has already done us in. I will find my way! Better yet we will found our way! All we need to for President Obama to do is not embarrass us. I want him to do his job as a whole and not custom tailor his duties as the president to any specific race of people.

    Furthermore, poverty does not see skin color, so lets fight poverty in this country. We need more jobs for everyone, so lets stop criticizing him and expecting him to do anything specifically for just blacks. Do we really believe this man gets up every morning and look in the mirror and say, “The hell with blacks.” No, I don’t think that is the case. He is in a situation where he cannot show any partiality to any group over another for no apparent reason. There were white votes just as much as black votes, he has to be wise in his decisions.

    In my conclusion, listen Black America, unless we take charge and do for ourselves we will be left behind. Don’t rely on this government to do anything for us. We must create and motivate ourselves with or without President Obama. So, I challenge the spirit within you to self-propel with your own energy to strive for what is yours and that is your unmanipulated destiny.

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