Race in America: For Blacks, Empathy with Obama Trumps His Dreadful Economic Record

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 at 6:36 am
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Who cares if he’s a colossal failure and the plights of black is a lot worse than when he took office. He looks like them, so all is well!

To African-Americans, President Obama just gets it.

Obama’s notably personal comments on Friday about the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, and on race in America, struck a chord. They vividly underlined the fact that, for the first time, the person in the Oval Office has lived an African-American experience.

To black supporters, that is more important than Obama’s inability to narrow racial inequalities during his four and a half years in office, something that has frustrated members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

You might think twice electing a black man as president would dispel the notion of so-called racial inequalities, but you’d be wrong.

For the vast bulk of the African-American political class, the sense of identification and empathy with the nation’s first black president has almost always taken primacy over whatever disappointments they have with his record.

The disappointment is perhaps strongest on the economy, since black people are worse off now than they were when Obama first took office, according to virtually every major indicator.

They have fared worse than whites throughout Obama’s time in the White House. Their plight, therefore, cannot be pinned on the general malaise that has afflicted the nation since the financial crash.

In January 2009, the month Obama took office, black unemployment stood at 12.7 percent, outstripping white unemployment, which stood at 7.1 percent.

The national unemployment rate and the rate among whites have both ticked down since then, but African-American joblessness has actually worsened.  It now stands at 13.7 percent, while the white rate is just 6.6 percent.

Strange, but we don’t recall any stories about whites feeling empathy for Bush when the economy turned sour, but the media will do anything to prop up this bumbling idiot. Even the daily carnage in Chicago seems to go unnoticed under his watch. That outrage will resume once he’s gone.

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5 Responses to “Race in America: For Blacks, Empathy with Obama Trumps His Dreadful Economic Record”

  1. Gregory of Yardale on 22/22/13 at 9:14 am

    You wanna know how Detroit got to be the way it is? This is how. For decades, Detroit voters didn’t give a damb about responsible city government, they just wanted leaders who were “empathetic,” empathetic being racialist code for “Hates whitey as much as we do.”

  2. Mike Giles on 22/22/13 at 9:15 am

    Historical fact – blacks have had to stick together in “solidarity” and look out for each other, because for the majority of our history in this country, few other people would. Another fact – for the majority of that time fraudsters, criminals, hustlers, race pimps and other assorted clowns have taken advantage of that tendency. Unlike other groups we’ve only recently been able – or allowed – to forget who we are and just blend into the great American mainstream. What I wonder about is why that mainstream, keeps wondering why blacks haven’t completely broken out of the “box” they had kept us in for so long. Yeah, Obozo’s a knucklehead and an incompetent, but he’s “our” knucklehead and incompetent. I’m fairly sure he will never lose his PUBLIC hold on the black community. IOW, even blacks who recognize what a disaster he’s been for blacks – which is far more blacks than whites realize – in general, will seldom attack him in public.

  3. Mike Giles on 22/22/13 at 12:53 pm

    “Now racism=empathy.”
    I’m confused. Was that in answer to my post. If it was, I suggest the first thing you should do, is go out and find out what that word, “racism” actually means. It’s been misused so often that it tends to get thrown about unthinkingly.

  4. Blacque Jacques Shellacque on 24/24/13 at 1:20 am

    “For the vast bulk of the African-American political class, the sense of identification and empathy with the nation’s first black president has almost always taken primacy over whatever disappointments they have with his record.”

    Such a low bar…