How Obama Failed Black America

By A.D. Schildkret
“Hope,” “change you can believe in” and “yes we can” were the words and phrases that captured the hearts and minds of over 69 million voters including myself in 2008. 

A fresh-faced, young senator of 47 years of age defeated Hillary Clinton and the “Clinton machine” in the democratic primary, catapulting him to win a clear and decisive victory over a seasoned politician, Senator John McCain.
 
Only four years prior, Barack Obama had pulled off a surprising victory in the democratic primary in his run for United States Senate. 

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He proceeded to grab the national spotlight at the Democratic National Convention only a few months later as the keynote speaker in support of democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
 
This was a candidate unlike any previous black American who ran for the highest office in the land. He was a transformational figure. 
 
The first black American candidate not associated as a civil rights leader, a.k.a. a one-issue candidate. 
 
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This was not another Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. He spoke carefully on issues of race, knowing that he had to appeal to all of America in order to get elected.
 
For many black Americans, Obama represented hope. Ninety-five percent of black Americans voted for Obama. 
 
For the particularly naive segment of black American voters, many thought Obama “had their back.” 
 
Much of the black electorate was fooled into thinking that a slick-talking politician, raised in Indonesia and Hawaii, mostly by two white grandparents would represent the average black American voter. 
 
At the height of the naiveté was a young black woman named Peggy Joseph interviewed shortly after Obama’s stunning 2008 presidential win, enthusiastically telling a reporter, “I won’t have to worry about putting gas my in car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage.”
 
By the end of Obama’s eight year reign, people like Peggy Joseph and many of the black electorate became disillusioned, realizing Obama was just another politician who happened to be black and unaware that Obama’s left-wing economic policies of heavy regulation (600 major regulations totaling $743 billion in costs), repeated increases of the minimum wage and Obamacare costs would result in an increase in the black poverty rate, a decrease in home ownership for black Americans and an increasing wage gap between blacks and whites.
In the end, black Americans as a whole were worse off economically in multiple categories under President Obama than they had been in over 20 years.
 
In 2016 in an interview with HuffPost Live, liberal talk show host Tavis Smiley said, “Sadly – and it pains me to say this – over the last decade, black folk, in the era of Obama, have lost ground in every major economic category.”
 
Obama’s liberal view of education has not helped the black youth – that public schools are adequate and preventing the voucher solution which would have placed inner-city children of bad neighborhoods to schools in better neighborhoods that could have provided a better education, more accountability, more results and a safer environment.
 
Obama had the opportunity to provide a positive message to black Americans. 
 
Some voters thought perhaps he would address the issues plaguing the black community and avoid engaging in the usual victim mentality exhibited by many black, liberal politicians. 
 
This was not the case however. Obama used his platform repeatedly to criticize law enforcement tactics in similar fashion of the aggrieved black liberal who thinks law enforcement and “whitey” is out to get them. 
 
Only 7 months in office, President Obama criticized the arrest of Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. who was arrested due to a misunderstanding. 
 
Professor Gates locked himself out of his home and forced open the front door of his house. 
 
Police received a call and responded appropriately based on the information given. The president however, said that, police had, “acted stupidly.” 
 
He fueled the aggrievement of uninformed, angry liberals by repeatedly siding against law enforcement. 
 
In September of 2014, police officers shot and killed Michael Brown, a young black American male shortly after he had robbed a liquor store and attempted to grab a police officer’s gun. 
 
Instead of waiting for the facts or the end of the verdict, Obama said the shooting exposed the racial divide that “stains the heart of black children.”
 
The most egregious example of Obama’s dislike of law enforcement was symbolized in his nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, a man who previously volunteered as a defense attorney for cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
 
On one occasion Obama exhibited some realism when he said in an interview that, “Children growing up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; Nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.” 
 
What Obama failed to mention is that the problem of fatherless homes is disproportionately high in the black community as a result mostly from the welfare system which provides income and additional assistance contingent on the father not maintaining residence with the mother and child. 
 
What Obama also failed to mention that this welfare prevalence is the result of the welfare system created by ultra-liberal President Lyndon Johnson and his failed war on poverty which resulted in generational welfare and fatherless homes.
 
At the end of the 8 year Obama administration, Obama not only failed black Americans economically but failed to send a message of responsibility, hard work and good life choices. 
 
The system is against you was the main message. Institutional racism is prevalent and it will prevent you from acquiring the education you want, the job you want or the safety of walking around outside while being black. 
 
Despite all this perceived racism, Obama was able to steer away from all the systemic racism and acquire a Harvard law degree and the most powerful job in the world.
 
Alex Schildkret (in front) with famed radio personality Larry Elder 


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