• African-Americans worse off than before president was elected
By Victor Thorn
When elected as the United States’ first black president in 2008, Barack Obama assured voters that the country would enter a new “post-racial America where skin color no longer mattered.” However, a February 4 study by the Emerson College Polling Society revealed that 61% of blacks believe race relations are now worse in the U.S. than they were before Obama took office.
These same individuals also feel that their standard of living and job opportunities have declined over the past few years.
Other black leaders share this view.
On October 11, 2013, Tavis Smiley, a well-known PBS commentator, said, when he was asked by Fox News talking head Sean Hannity: “Are black Americans better off five years into the Obama presidency?” “Let me answer your question very forthrightly,” Smiley said. “No, they are not. The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category. On that regard, the president ought to be held responsible.”
Former National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President Benjamin Jealous agreed. On January 29, 2013, he declared, “black folks are doing…worse” under Obama.
In fact, official black youth unemployment now stands at a stunning 38%. In actuality, since the Bureau of Labor Statistics constantly skews its numbers, black joblessness figures are significantly higher. Of course, many black leaders and Democratic pundits blame this phenomenon on so-called “white privilege” and racism.
White privilege is actually an anti-white movement that originated in Marxist, anti-white academic and activist circles. Over the past few years, it has gained traction in the mainstream, and, today, political agitators and university professors lead seminars, write books and give speeches denouncing whites and making many feel guilty about their own ancestors, history and achievements, while inconvenient truths are kept from the masses through anti-white propaganda.
However, not all blacks share this view. On February 6, this reporter spoke with Reverand Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND).
When asked why so many blacks were in this dire situation, Peterson responded, “More black babies are being born out of wedlock. When you have 74% of black children born to single mothers, your chances of doing well economically are very limited.”
As the conversation turned to why Obama refuses to use his bully pulpit to directly address this issue as he does with so many others, Peterson replied, “Obama has offered black America nothing. He got married first and didn’t have children out of wedlock. Since both his daughters attend the best schools, black poverty isn’t a priority to him and Michelle.”
“Obama wants blacks dependent and reliant on Democrats so that his party stays in control,” Peterson continued. “If that means keeping blacks down for another 100 years, they’ll do it. They only care about power.”
Speaking with a courage that’s rare in today’s politically-correct society, Peterson added: “Black leaders don’t want their people free. They want them demoralized, brainwashed and dumbed-down on the Democratic Party’s plantation where there’s free housing, food and healthcare. Relying on the government never brought anyone out of poverty.”
Offering a historical perspective on how this trend transpired, Peterson added, “The civil rights movement brought in big government and told black America that they lived in a racist society. They were supposed to believe that the white man held them back because of slavery. So, blacks were given handouts. Since they couldn’t let black men remain in the home, government became their daddy. Plus, more children born out of wedlock equates to more government care. This notion became engrained in their heads: babies equal food stamps and welfare. It’s deeply rooted in the black mindset. Today, blacks believe more in government than they do in themselves.”
Peterson concluded by describing his mission at BOND.
“For the past 24 years we’ve tried to rebuild the black family through prayer, learning trades, teaching independence, and loving your country instead of hating it,” he said. “But corrupt black leadership, including Barack Obama, doesn’t want that. They prefer that black women look to the government instead of their own families.”
Lloyd Marcus, chairman of the Conservative Campaign Committee, concurs. Since Marcus, a black man, has been welcomed to speak at over 400 tea party rallies, this newspaper decided to contact him on February 6, to discuss problems inherent within the black community.
“Blacks continually keep shooting themselves in the foot by sleeping with the enemy, namely Democrats and liberals,” he said. “These two institutions, along with the Congressional Black Caucus and liberal media, perpetually lower standards for blacks.”
When prompted for an example, Marcus stated: “The NAACP says that the need for voter IDs disenfranchises black voters. Why? Do they think blacks are too stupid to acquire an ID?”
Marcus also cited the lack of two-parent households as a major factor facing blacks.
“Data proves that black kids in fatherless households are more prone to doing drugs, joining gangs or ending up in prison,” he said. “Before LBJ’s so-called ‘War on Poverty,’ blacks were actually moving forward. But government intrusion destroyed the black family by saying, ‘We’ll be your daddy.’”
AFP asked a similar question to Marcus: Why won’t the president use his stature in regard to this social plague?
Marcus framed his response in the following manner: “Barack Obama is foremost a socialist, progressive liberal. The Democratic Party trumps loyalty to his race. The same applies to other well-known black leaders like Reverand Al Sharpton, who also advocates a progressive agenda. I have total disdain for the NAACP, Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama. They’re all cut from the same cloth.”
The bottom line, said Marcus, is that “so many blacks are blinded by their own racism that they refuse to see Barack Obama for who he is and what he’s doing to them. They’re living in fantasy world.”
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 40 books.