Why Nobody’s Paying Attention to Black Folks These Days

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Don’t expect President Obama to offer any measures targeted to the Black economic crisis in his State of the Union address. He’s under absolutely no pressure to do so, thanks to a Black Misleadership Class that is incapable of making demands of the First Black President. “Obama need never worry about any drama from this crowd.”

Why Nobody’s Paying Attention to Black Folks These Days

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Black Misleadership Class has no intention of taking any position that might discomfort this president or reveal their own impotence.”

While the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met at the White House to press for immigration reform, on January 25, traditional Black organizations gathered at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel to further refine their so-called “Black Agenda,” for presentation to President Obama at some future date. The five broad goals are really more like a set of suggestions for Obama’s consideration, talking points on economic parity, educational opportunity, voting rights, healthcare disparities, and criminal justice reform – nothing remotely resembling demands. Obama need never worry about any drama from this crowd.

Malcolm X would have derisively called them the Big Four-Plus: the National Urban League’s Marc Morial; Ben Jealous, of the NAACP; National Coalition of Black Civic Participation president Melanie Campbell; Rev. Al Sharpton, head of the National Action Network and Obama’s Black political pit bull; plus an assortment of 50 or so other notables. It has taken them four years and a history-wrenching Black economic catastrophe to come to the conclusion that African Americans ought to have something to say to the First Black President besides “we love you and your beautiful family so much.” Finally, with Obama’s second and last term secure, the Black Misleadership Class pretends to have a political existence and agenda beyond organized sycophancy in the face of Power. But it’s all a charade.

Demands would be put forward, against which the president’s speech would be publicly measured.”

A Black formation that was serious about pressuring a sitting president would seek to have an influence on next Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. Demands would be put forward, against which the president’s speech would be publicly measured. That’s politics101. But, despite their recent posturing, the Black Misleadership Class has no intention of taking any position that might discomfort this president or reveal their own impotence. For them, the State of the Union address is yet another occasion to bask in Obama’s glow, to feel, vicariously, at the center of the world stage, to rally once more around the Icon-in-Chief. It is the antithesis of independent Black politics – of serious politics of any kind – and renders the Big Four-Plus useless at every crucial juncture and all points in between. For all other groups, the State of the Union address is a barometer of a president’s commitment to the interests of their constituency – stated for the world to hear and see. But, for the Black Misleadership Class, it is just another chance to swell with pride at the sight of all those white folks summoned to sit in rapt attention to a Black man’s voice. The Big Four-Plus would never consider ruining the event with demands that Black interests be addressed in the State of the Union content.

Unless, of course, these Black interests have already been defined by the White House. The January 25 session of the Black Agenda-makers endorsed the American Jobs Act, Obama’s reworked 2011 bill that focuses mainly on tax incentives to encourage corporations to increase hiring. The Big Four-Plus also support the Obama administration’s voting rights efforts (as does the entirety of the Democratic Party, the overwhelming recipients of the Black vote). No points of conflict, there. However, the Morial-Jealous-Sharpton-Campbell version of the Black Agenda includes one item that is not in sync with the White House: the Urban Jobs Act. Introduced in February of 2011, the measure got no push from the Obama administration and has languished in a committee of the Republican-controlled House ever since.

The State of the Union address is yet another occasion to bask in Obama’s glow.”

It’s really the Congressional Black Caucus jobs bill; all but 7 of the measure’s 25 sponsors are members of the CBC. More to the point, the Urban Jobs Act is a National Urban League bill. It would spend $200 million over five years “to provide a comprehensive set of services and activities for eligible young adults, to be implemented by local National Urban League affiliates.” The legislation’s “Findings and Purpose” section is a veritable executive summary of the need for a targeted response to the Black and Hispanic youth employment-education-incarceration crisis.

It’s a worthy piece of legislation. Of course, Obama’s not going to use up an ounce of political capital in support of the Urban Jobs Act – and why should he? After all, unlike immigration reform, its not part of a set of actual demands put forward by a well organized and determined constituency that the White House is eager to please. It’s only backed by Black folks and their Misleadership Class, and they won’t make a fuss. Nobody’s afraid of them.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at [email protected].


Not a real leader anywhere, no help coming either.

Not a Bobby or Malcolm or Martin to be found anywhere among the remaining liberal class. Plenty of sycophants though to go around.

I am almost convinced that we are well and truly screwed and the game of democracy(if we ever really had it) is just about up.

The poor of all colors better prepare themselves for even tougher times to come, with no voice and no one really looking out for them, and the safety net limb being sawed right out from under them by the president, just to name one, they are about to be even more in a world of hurt.

But, but, but.... he's Heaven Sent!

Black poverty up, Black wealth down, Black murders hit all time highs.  But none of that matters because we (yall) have a Black President.  Don't you feel wonderful and uplifted?

The problem rests with the 90+ percent Obamalaid drinkers not just their pathetic Misleadership Class.  I'm talking bout the man and woman in the mirror.  But sadly, I don't expect them to change their ways.  It's a wrap, we're completely screwed and by the time Obama leaves office not only will Black America be in the pits, so will Black Africa.  But the lunatic 90+ Black folks who voted for him will still give him a free pass while we plunge to the bowels of hell by the one who is "Heaven Sent."

Funny how when Black kids were dying in droves in Chicago, there was no national outcry, no tears shed by Obama, no legislation or Executive Orders, no Commissions, or speeches.  Black folks in America and abroad have been brainwashed to the point that they are virtual slaves.  Obama will promote Hispanic and Gay Rights but won't lift a finger to help the Black sycophants who worship his dirty drawls.

We Black folks are expendable.  And have no one to blame but ourselves.  The dye has been cast by Obama, no one will hear us now and the groundwork is being set where no one will hear us again in the near future, absent a revolutionary call and rallying cry by a revolutionary figure.

But where is such a soul?  They probably on youtube right now hoping that some rag like Bossip will pick up their bullshit, so we can pollute our minds and souls even more.




What do you mean about

What do you mean about diluting the white race and presumably the black race?

By the way......

If nobody's paying attention now, what do you think will happen after "immigration reform?"   Think our voices will be louder, have more traction, our Black Agenda comes front and center?  Think again.

What do you suppose will happen to Black poverty and incarceration rates, and infectious disease rates?

"Change you can believe in" my backside.

For the first time since the Emancipation Proclamation.......

The greatest deterrent to the malaise that exists in the inner-city (code word for black) is respect for, execution and enforcement of the Constitution and its laws.



For the first time since the Emancipation Proclamation, publication of the book title Theft by Court  holds other Americans accountable to the rule of law where an inner city youth has been violated.

"Character is doing what's right -- when no one is looking." said former Congressman J.C. Watts.

It is shameful that far too many elected officials, especially those who hold office in black America-the freest nation on earth,  place very little or no significance on the Constitution and laws when citizens over whom they exercise jurisdiction are violated.

The greatest deterrent to the malaise that exists in the inner-city (code word for black)  is respect for, execution and enforcement of  the Constitution and its laws.

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