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In 2009, the number of people living below the poverty level and on food stamps was around 32 million. Today, that number is closer to 47 million. Now a handful of black leaders are saying that President Obama has failed to address the issue, especially as it relates to the increasing number of African Americans who are still trapped in poverty.
Dr. Boyce Watkins, who describes himself as “a black man who happens to be a Finance Professor,” is now questioning President Obama’s commitment to addressing poverty in the black community and he is particularly calling out the president’s special adviser, Valerie Jarrett, whom some argue is the person who influences the political decisions of Barack Obama the most.
In a recent column on ThyBlackMan.com, Watkins laid out a number of reasons why he faults Jarrett for saying “no” to many black issues.