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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
Some have said that the Republican Party has been the primary obstructionist that keeps President Barack Obama from dealing with African American issues. Black Americans have seen their economic condition worsen, while whites have seen their conditions improve. Almost nothing has been done to alleviate the mass incarceration epidemic and the President has hardly addressed all of the d**d black teenagers in the killing fields of his home city of Chicago.
A recent New York times article seems to imply that the bottle neck on getting to the heart of African American issues is not the Republican Party or the president himself. Instead, some say that Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett has done all she can to keep the president from dealing with African Americans directly, and instead has been working through Al Sharpton, who admitted in a 60 Minutes interview that he would never criticize the president. Jarrett has been called an elitist by some, and not someone who cares about the issues of poor blacks.