Obama and The Betrayal of Blacks in America
The following is a guest blog by Chidike Okeem, and was originally published on the Texas Federation for Republican Outreach web-site. This is only a part of a larger article (cited below), entitled, “Barack Obama and the Betrayal of Blacks in America.” While the entire article is pertinent, this portion is especially apropos.
I lived in a rather unique situation during the “Race Riots” of the 1960’s. Being raised in the Texas Panhandle (Muleshoe, Texas,
population approx 3,900, at that time), our schools were not integrated until September 1967. The largest complaint at that time was put forth by the Black Community (quite peacefully, by the way, in front of the school board): they wanted to maintain the independence and supervision of their own children’s educations, and keep the school in their own neighborhood.
The integration of schools went by peacefully, with most of the “Negro School” faculty being taken into the other schools along with the students. (God bless Mrs. Mitchell. That woman could certainly play a piano and sing: everyone loved music class!)
There were obscure markings around town, such as two water-fountains, but they were not labeled. I only know of one restaurant
that had a back door that said, “Blacks Enter Here”, but it was covered (by the time I could read) with a sign that said, “All Customers Use Front Door.” We were blessed. A few years later, when I saw more of the Civil Rights protests and violence on TV, I didn’t know what to make of it. I wish that all of America was like Muleshoe, where the Sand Hills are.
An example that demonstrates Chidike Okeem’s position is recorded in the autobiography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, My Grandfather’s Son.
Just Thinking, The Sand Hill Philosopher
Guest Article, by Chidike Okeem
Big Government is the Problem, Not the Solution
By arguing that Obama has betrayed the black community, I am not arguing that Obama needs to spend his time carving out black-specific governmental policies. Manifestly, the black-specific liberal policies that have been attempted in the past have done nothing more than stimulate a metastasizing of the very social cancers that they were designed to treat. My argument is, however, that Obama has failed to enact the economic policies that would provide the necessary environment for blacks to fend for themselves independent of government — despite the fact that he presented himself during his campaign as someone who was inimitably skilled and uniquely well-positioned to do so.
Without attempting to cater to blacks specifically, President Reagan managed to create economic prosperity throughout the entire country which, in point of fact, benefited blacks more than it did whites. The facts cannot be disputed: Reaganomics had a salubrious effect on the black community, whereas Obamanomics is having an unequivocally deleterious effect on black economics and the black community at large.
See the following link for the full text: http://www.txfro.org/news.asp?artid=42