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by BAR executive editor Glen Ford “ The Black Misleadership Class has no intention of taking any position that might discomfort this president or reveal their own impotence.” While the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met at the White House to press for immigration reform, on January 25 , traditional Black organizations gathered at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel to further refine their so-called “ Black Agenda ,” for presentation to President Obama at some future date. The five broad goals are really more like a set of suggestions for Obama’s consideration, talking points on economic parity, educational opportunity, voting rights, healthcare disparities, and criminal justice reform – nothing remotely resembling demands. Obama need never worry about any drama from this crowd. Malcolm X would have derisively called them the Big Four-Plus: the National Urban League’s Marc Morial; Ben Jealous, of the NAACP; National Coalition of Black Civic Participation president Melanie Campbell; Rev. Al Sharpton, head of the National Action Network and Obama’s Black political pit bull; plus an assortment of 50 or so other notables. It has taken them four years and a history-wrenching Black economic catastrophe to come to the conclusion that African Americans ought to have something to say to the First Black President besides “we love you and your beautiful family so much.” Finally, with Obama’s second and last term secure, the Black Misleadership Class pretends to have a political existence and agenda beyond organized sycophancy in the face of Power. But it’s all a charade. “ Demands would be put forward, against which the president’s speech would be publicly measured.” A Black formation that was serious about pressuring a sitting president would seek to have an influence on next Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. Demands would be put forward, against which the president’s speech would be publicly measured. That’s politics101. But, despite their recent posturing, the Black Misleadership Class has no intention of taking any position that might discomfort this president or reveal their own impotence. For them, the State of the Union address is yet another occasion to bask in Obama’s glow , to feel, vicariously, at the center of the world stage, to rally once more around the Icon-in-Chief. It is the antithesis of independent Black politics – of serious politics of any kind – and renders the Big Four-Plus useless at every crucial juncture and all points in between. For all other groups, the State of the Union address is a barometer of a president’s commitment to the interests of their constituency – stated for the world to hear and see. But, for the Black Misleadership Class, it is just another chance to swell with pride at the sight of all those white folks summoned to sit in rapt attention to a Black man’s voice. The Big Four-Plus would never consider ruining the event with demands that Black interests be addressed in the State of the Union content. Unless, of course, these Black interests have already been defined by the White House. The January 25 session of the Black Agenda-makers endorsed the American Jobs Act , Obama’s reworked 2011 bill that focuses mainly on tax incentives to encourage corporations to increase hiring . The Big Four-Plus also support the Obama administration’s voting rights efforts (as does the entirety of the Democratic Party, the overwhelming recipients of the Black vote). No points of conflict, there. However, the Morial-Jealous-Sharpton-Campbell version of the Black Agenda includes one item that is not in sync with the White House: the Urban Jobs Act . Introduced in February of 2011, the measure got no push from the Obama administration and has languished in a committee of the Republican-controlled House ever since. “ The State of the Union address is yet another occasion to bask in Obama’s glow.” It’s really the Congressional Black Caucus jobs bill; all but 7 of the measure’s 25 sponsors are members of the CBC. More to the point, the Urban Jobs Act is a National Urban League bill . It would spend $200 million over five years “to provide a comprehensive set of services and activities for eligible young adults, to be implemented by local National Urban League affiliates.” The legislation’s “Findings and Purpose” section is a veritable executive summary of the need for a targeted response to the Black and Hispanic youth employment-education-incarceration crisis. It’s a worthy piece of legislation. Of course, Obama’s not going to use up an ounce of political capital in support of the Urban Jobs Act – and why should he? After all, unlike immigration reform, it’s not part of a set of actual demands put forward by a well-organized and determined constituency that the White House is eager to please. It’s only backed by Black folks and their Misleadership Class, and they won’t make a fuss. Nobody’s afraid of them.

Why Nobody’s Paying Attention to Black Folks These Days, Including Our So-Called Leaders

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by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The Black Misleadership Class has no intention of taking any position that might discomfort this president or reveal their own impotence.”
While the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met at the White House to press for immigration reform, on January 25, traditional Black organizations gathered at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel to further refine their so-called “Black Agenda,” for presentation to President Obama at some future date. The five broad goals are really more like a set of suggestions for Obama’s consideration, talking points on economic parity, educational opportunity, voting rights, healthcare disparities, and criminal justice reform – nothing remotely resembling demands. Obama need never worry about any drama from this crowd.
Malcolm X would have derisively called them the Big Four-Plus: the National Urban League’s Marc Morial; Ben Jealous, of the NAACP; National Coalition of Black Civic Participation president Melanie Campbell; Rev. Al Sharpton, head of the National Action Network and Obama’s Black political pit bull; plus an assortment of 50 or so other notables.

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  3. Black’s are Being ignored by the President because He Can’t use you No-More & a Negro Who don’t think for Self & Kind is like a Planet out of Orbit & must be Driven from Amoung US! Selling out Amoungst our people Should be the Death Penalty Period! We are a Powerless Group So a Greedy Selfish Negro will try & be the White folk’s Nigger Attack Dog for the right price! Real Black Nation We are Marked for Removal by these Same Satanic crackers in America which is the main reason I would never go fight in any Wars unless We get some of this Land We can call our Own! We need to start Farming yes Farming if not we will all be gone soon,because as long as these Enemies keep feeding us We Will keep Digging our Graves with our teeth the only way to beat these Enemies is to think because they are Smart! Right Now Minister Farrakhan is the only Elder I am listening to because he is making alot of sense when the rest of these fool’s are stuck on Stupid! Muhammad’s Economic Plan will get my support,because waiting around for the Devil to feed & House us Won’t Work stop being Lazy or Die like a Dog in Racist America! Check out Saviour’s Day 2013 Address was his best work! He put it down

  4. Understand this, the president is a politician. He is a politician from the Democratic party ,and he is a Democrat from the city of Chicago. These facts alone should tell us his priorities are the priorities o the Democratic party not priorities that are in the best interests of black Americans.

  5. WE need to come togather first of all,then we
    can talk sharp amoung ourselfs, and get an understanding of what we have to do to finance,
    support,and protect our own lives.and stop
    depending on someone to do what we should be
    doing for our own.
    Owning a business is what we need as black
    people in amreica.We own very little therefore
    we have to seek someone else for a job that
    does not have our best interest at heart,and
    believe that should own our own.

    • So What Are You Actually Doing For The “COMMUNITY’ Do You Actually Shop And Support Black Business

    • I totally agree with you. We, black people, go out and spend spend spend, not holding these companies accountable for giving us jobs. As I was told by a couple employers that they don’t have to hire black, only a minority, which was a hispanic person. WE MUST stop being ghetto in our business ventures and be clean, professional business people. We MUST STOP supporting these businesses WHO do not hire us, pressure Congressmen and Senators to do something. We dont complain enough to them, this us what was said, black americans do not care, nor complain. When we stop spending we will get some attention. We donate to organizations who are racist against us or have a lot of racist people working there. We must save our money and open our own black businesses.

      • I pretty much agree with everything you stated but leave the govt out of it. The government intrudes and makes you beholden to them.

    • We need to own our own businesses and patronize those businesses but also allow blacks to have diverse political views without being called names or being accused of being white washed.

  6. We, the people, need to create a list of concerns and complaints and then present them to our Black Leaders, then We need to support them as they push the agenda.

    • I agree SA, we gotta pay close attention to WHO our leaders are supporting. Al Sharpton, JJ, Danny Davis and a host of others are marching and supporting and speaking out for latinos, yet you hear nothing from latino leaders about supporting blacks. They will step on anybody to get their way. Phone calle need to be made, they don’t bite, letters written, or emails sent, and prayer, I know it will work.

  7. This is exactly why white folks in every avenue of America is overlooking black people, because even though the president is black there is such a dishevel in so-called black America that black people out of every other race of people are so much clones of the white man that their is no thinking for self. Black people is doesn’t matter whether you’re a Dem., Rep., Indp., Progr., or no affliation,in the words of brother Malcolm you have been had, hoodwinked and bamboozled. Anytime there is a spectrum of black from Herman Cain to Clarence Thomas to Al Sharpton toCornell West how much more fractured, fragmented and F**ked up can a people be especially with only a symbolic black president that can see the explosion of any unity the white man has done deliberately.

  8. Right! And that’s truely the crux of the problem. Blacks are upset with the president because he’s black and haven’t done anything noticeable for them, but where is the demand? Where’s the black agenda being presented and by whom? What is the black agenda?Hispanics had a specific agenda that their representatives help push through. The LGTB community has a specific agenda that they rallied behind. Jobs is NOT a specific agenda. All Americans are looking for more jobs in this country. This is not a uniquely black agenda despite the fact that our unemployment rate is twice as high. If it is, there needs to be a way to present our plight to the president. It’s the so-called black leaders who should be presenting it. That’s how you get something pushed through in Washington. Where are they? Not only that, where’s the pressure on them? Where’s the demand that they present an agenda or do something? We (blacks) need to be more sophisticated in who we target and how. It’s not a question of whether or not President Obama cares about black people. It’s a question of HOW are we going to approach him to get what we want. No one has even addressed this openly.

  9. Right! And that’s truely the crux of the problem. Blacks are upset with the president because he’s black and haven’t done anything noticeable for them, but where is the demand? Where’s the black agenda being presented and by whom? What is the black agenda?Hispanics had a specific agenda that their representatives help push through. The LGTB community has a specific agenda that they rallied behind. Jobs is NOT a specific agenda. All Americans are looking for more jobs in this country. This is not a uniquely black agenda despite the fact that our unemployment rate is twice as high. If it is, there needs to be a way to present our plight to the president. It’s the so-called black leaders who should be presenting it. That’s how you get something pushed through in Washington. Where are they? Not only that, where’s the pressure on them? Where’s the demand that they present an agenda or do something? We (blacks) need to be more sophisticated in who we target and how. It’s not a question of whether or not President Obama cares about black people. It’s a question of HOW are we going to approach him to get what we want. No one has even addressed this openly.

  10. Right! And that’s truely the crux of the problem. Blacks are upset with the president because he’s black and haven’t done anything noticeable for them, but where is the demand? Where’s the black agenda being presented and by whom? What is the black agenda?Hispanics had a specific agenda that their representatives help push through. The LGTB community has a specific agenda that they rallied behind. Jobs is NOT a specific agenda. All Americans are looking for more jobs in this country. This is not a uniquely black agenda despite the fact that our unemployment rate is twice as high. If it is, there needs to be a way to present our plight to the president. It’s the so-called black leaders who should be presenting it. That’s how you get something pushed through in Washington. Where are they? Not only that, where’s the pressure on them? Where’s the demand that they present an agenda or do something? We (blacks) need to be more sophisticated in who we target and how. It’s not a question of whether or not President Obama cares about black people. It’s a question of HOW are we going to approach him to get what we want. No one has even addressed this openly.

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