Dec 3, 2012 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
A free slice of the American Pie and anti-white racism in hiring through a terror campaign headeded up by Eric Holder, for starters, as you’ll see in euphemistic language below…
Excerpted from The Washington Post: While President Obama has been a unifying force in the black community during his first term in office, his presidency has also fueled deep divisions among many African Americans. The president’s first-term policies sparked heated debates among a host of well-known black intellectuals and political observers who argue that the president has ignored the issues of his most loyal base.
These tensions will likely remain throughout Obama’s second term unless he quickly reverses course.
Critics, such as Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, will likely continue to press Obama to address the needs of black America, while others will struggle to determine how to best capitalize on Obama’s second term and get him to push forward a “black agenda.”
But what should this “payback” look like? Unlike other interest groups, such as gays and Hispanics, who responded positively to symbolic gestures from the president, African Americans appear as if they cannot come to an agreement on what a priority list should be. The community seems to lack a unifying issue that Obama could address. And we seem to also lack a clear strategy for implementing what those community-friendly policies might be.
But that doesn’t negate the president’s responsibility to address the concerns of black Americans and respond to their call for social policy that addresses their greatest needs. Indeed, there are a mix of specific issues that might delicately satisfy his most loyal followers. These direct policies could address the disproportionate loss of wealth among black families; a reinvigorated, targeted civil rights agenda; a more holistic approach to family cohesion; and a commitment to Africans around the globe.
A slice of the American Pie
Any agenda that’s void of a sustainable strategy for economic advancement will do African Americans little good. But a universal plan seeking to help the poor and middle class stay afloat will fall short of meeting the black community’s specific needs.
Our fiscal woes must be looked at in relation to this country’s long history of social inequality. Proposed policies from the president should factor in centuries of a lack of access to quality education, housing and health care.
While America has made it clear that reparations are not up for debate, that doesn’t mean that other equalizers cannot be put into place. This may come in the form of tax breaks for minority small-business owners, federally funded financial aid for higher education, debt forgiveness programs or greater housing protection. Collectively, these incentives would serve as an unofficial “stimulus package” for disenfranchised African American communities.
The passing of the Affordable Care Act was a landmark moment in this nation’s political history, but how do we ensure cutting-edge policies are always coming down the pipeline? African Americans face a unique set of social challenges, and it would be comforting to know that Obama and his Cabinet are committed to identifying and addressing those needs.
Equal protection under the law
Unfortunately, so much of our country’s understanding of civil rights is limited to issues that were cause for grass-roots mobilization in the 1960s and 1970s — such as the right to vote. With social advancement in various arenas came the belief that discriminatory practices are a thing of the past. As a result, we perpetually ignore patterns of injustice and treat them as rare occurrences.
The president, with the help of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., is in a unique position to institute a greater civil rights checks and balances system. This could happen within the civil rights division of the Justice Department or through the establishment of a national civil rights commission (similar to the United Nations Human Rights Council).
It would have as its mission monitoring and putting an end to repeated civil rights violations that occur within the United States, focusing on state legislation, law enforcement agencies and the courts themselves.
The ultimate goal would be to address the alarming incidents of police brutality, disproportionate incarceration rates, number of death penalty rulings and unfair sentencing laws related to black men and women. The appointment of judges and selection of jurors would also have to be better regulated.