It's one thing when African Americans call Barack Obama out for his avoidance of everything Black, it's another when a White New York Times columnist calls him out.
"His closest advisers — some of the same ones who urged him not to make the race speech after the Rev. Jeremiah Wright issue exploded — are so terrified that Fox and the Tea Party will paint Obama as doing more for blacks that they tiptoe around and do less. “Who knew that the first black president would make it even harder on black people?” asked a top black Democratic official." - Maureen Dowd/ NY Times
The word is out and even the mainstream media knows that Barack Obama is loath to tackle any issue that involves African Americans and or race.
Obama does indeed fear what Tea Party folks and Fox News will think should he actually act as President for African Americans as well as everyone else. Obama and his people have made the political calculation that African Americans will continue to support him no matter what. And while many African Americans will undoubtedly support him even as he ignores and mistreats us, some of us are contemplating walking away. Or have already walked away.
For a long time many African Americans have known that the Democrats take the Black vote for granted. And we've been onto the good cop/ bad cop game that the Democrats and Republicans have been playing with us. But with the Republicans never fielding a Presidential candidate that most African Americans can feel comfortable voting for, we remain in a political quandary.
And now that we have a Black President in the White House one would have thought that we could finally reap some of the political benefits that supporters normally do when their candidate wins. No such luck. African Americans are persona non grata with the Obama Administration.
Whether it's the Congressional Black Caucus asking Obama to consider policies which might help African Americans who are suffering higher than average unemployment during this recession, to which Obama told of his belief in Trickle Down Economics, for African Americans. "A rising tide floats all boats", the President was quoted as saying. Or the Obama Admin not giving Shirley Sherrod an opportunity to explain her speech to them before summarily firing her. Many African Americans are feeling little love from the Obama Admin.
So even with a Black, Democratic President African Americans remain at the bottom of the political hierarchy. That is a shame. And worse we will have to suffer two more years of Obama's fear of addressing issues specific to African Americans.
Barack Obama ought to keep in mind an old Texas saying, "Dance with the one that brung you". No matter how much he genuflects before the Tea Party and Fox News, neither will work to get him re-elected.