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In an article for KultureKritic.com, Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks about recent remarks made by White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. In her comments, Jarrett claims that President Obama has “genuine love” for the black community. Dr. Watkins questions this love by stating that love is typically followed by action, and the Obama Administration has engaged in limited activity to show that it is as loyal to the black community as the community has been to the administration.
Watkins also further discerns the difference between wealthy African Americans and those who are struggling with joblessness, foreclosure and mass incarceration. He says that the Obama presidency is creating a divide between the haves and have-nots that is turning the page in African American political dialogue. Says Watkins:
This week, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett appeared at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in New Orleans. During her appearance, Jarrett reiterated the deep affection and appreciation that President Obama has for the African American community.
Jarrett state that President Obama has “genuine love” for the black community and that he is proud of being black. She also responded to questions from those who felt that there is no pleasing the African American community. They’ve done so much for us already, and our collective quality of life is so good, why would we dare ask for anything else?