"The day I take the oath of office,... The world will look at us differently. And millions of kids across this country will look at themselves differently. That alone is something." President Barack Obama
The policies that create these inequities should be addressed by President Obama in this second term. While I recognize his struggle as clearly stated by the Washington Post in their recent piece, "Obama struggles to balance African Americans' hopes with country's as a whole." The support shown by African Americans should be reciprocated with focused efforts toward their needs in the new term.
Obama should do more for black people - not because he is black but because black people are the citizens suffering most. Black people have every right to make demands on Obama - not because they're black but because they gave him a greater percentage of their votes than any other group, and he owes his presidency to them. Like any president, he should be constantly pressured to put the issue of racial injustice front and centre and if black people aren't going to apply that pressure then nobody else will.
I missed the '08 election in federal prison and watching this election I see the difference in the belief in the political process by African American's when compared to the 1980s. There is a new energy and excitement that was lost in Reagonmics, particularly amongst the youth.
While this has been great to see, my call would be for there to be more action by President Obama for all African Americans in his second term. As a group our forefathers built the United States through free labor, and we now as a result of longstanding policy and disadvantage see little of the fruits of that labor as descendants. According to most reviews, the black wealth inequity has not changed for the positive in the last four years ". . . the ascent of America's first black president has coincided with the one of the steepest descents of the economic fortunes of black Americans since the second world war both in real terms and relative to whites." The growth of African Americans on welfare lines does not fulfill the hope that led black America to the polls this election. Black America deserves to be a primary focus in this term with targeted social and economic programs in their communities. This does not say President Obama should only pay attention to the needs of African Americans, but it does focus in and say many core issues of Black America should be addressed in 2013.
A few being:
§ Building economic development centers in inner-city areas that have high minority populations
§ More attention & visits by President Barack Obama to African American groups such as the NAACP, Urban League and others during his second term
§ Focused government efforts on unemployment of black youth, particularly in high crime urban centers
§ College loan and grant assistance for those in college, in addition loan forgiveness or aid for those that complete college
§ A highly focused look at the War on Drugs, and the unfair application of crack cocaine sentencing disparities
Congratulations Mr President on winning your second term!
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