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The Right is Wrong Over Obama’s Black And Liberal Agenda
By Hugh W. Wyatt
Here is the inside scoop. The tea parties and conservative Republicans know that President Obama lacks a national black agenda and that he is not a bleeding heart liberal who wants to snub white middle America.
They deceptively criticize him for these two stances in order to strengthen and build their own agenda--knowing full well that he will not retaliate and stoop to their loud, circus-geek antics.
Firstly, Obama is proving to be more of a middle of the roader and even a war-monger by his actions in both Afghanistan and now Libya.
Secondly, he has yet to create a black agenda to fight the high unemployment and healthcare disparities rates. There are also many other factors at work, but they are too numerous to mention here.
The tea party fanatics have targeted Obama because they know that they can get away with their criticisms; would they commit the same atrocities against another black man who is ethnic-looking,-speaking and -acting?
The fact of the matter is that Obama has a light-complexion, lacks street creds (he grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii) and is an academic nerd--with degrees from Columbia and Harvard Universities. He is also a natural aristocrat.
One of Obama’s fist major racial encounters came six years ago when the then senator went to Washington and was met with a great deal of scorn from many members of the Black Congressional Caucus.
Some of them had a strong black agenda. For them, it was about being black in a racist society in America. For Obama, it was about patriotism, capitalism and becoming a member of the establishment.
Some of them have privately said that they thought Obama's political views were naïve and unrealistic, given the enormous degree of discrimination in America. Many noted that Obama was too conservative and that he should develop a black agenda, which he has ignored.
At the same time, Michelle Obama has also been lambasted for having similar views. She comes from a solidly middle-class background and her friends are hardly black nationalists.
In fact, tens of thousands of fellow blacks--from investment bankers to physicians—raised millions of dollars to support her husband’s campaign for the Presidency. Michelle, a product of both Princeton and Harvard, prefers exquisite European fashions and is hesitant to sport African garb.
Look at their black political staffers and friends. These often wealthy, well-educated blacks, who are pillars of the community, tend to loathe black nationalists. They view them as being extreme.
On the flip side, the black elite regards the Obamas as two of their own. Even the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was considered a moderate by black nationalist standards; he was a firebrand preacher but he was hardly a revolutionary in the sense by which many tea partiers think about blacks.
Wright was targeted by white conservatives because he was vulnerable. He is a moderate, who had to project a pro-black agenda in order to appeal to the nationalist element within the black church community.
Today, Obama has lost a lot of support from white progressives. He risks losing his African American base if he continues to ignore the different black issues.
Obama rarely uses the phrase “black strife.” In fact, he rarely refers to the struggles of Native peoples, Latinos, Asians and the white poor who are also suffering at all time highs.
Don’t underestimate the tea partiers. They will continue to psych Obama and progressive members of the Congress with arguments about how they are too black or too liberal. In fact, both the President and liberals have already fallen into their trap of master deceit and deception.