Mr. Herbert reports for the New York Times blackly. He is a supporter of inner city contemporary black plantations managed by Democrat Party field hands. He was pleased that the Mayor of Washington DC, Adrian Fenty, who aggressively addressed the education crisis in the Capital City, was defeated recently. Mr. Fenty should have danced better. Mr. Herbert writes:
”….. race is still a very big deal in the United States, which is precisely why black leaders like Mr. Fenty and Mr. Obama try so hard to behave as though they are governing in some sort of pristine civic environment in which the very idea of race has been erased.
These allegedly postracial politicians can end up being so worried about losing the support of whites that they distance themselves from their own African-American base. This is a no-win situation — for the politicians and for the blacks who put their hopes and faith in them.
Mr. Fenty was cheered by whites for bringing in the cold-blooded Michelle Rhee as schools chancellor. She attacked D.C.’s admittedly failing school system with an unseemly ferocity and seemed to take great delight in doing it. Hundreds of teachers were fired and concerns raised by parents about Ms. Rhee’s take-no-prisoners approach were ignored. It was disrespectful.
Blacks responded last week by voting overwhelmingly for Mr. Fenty’s opponent, Vincent Gray, who is also black. This blowback undermined whatever Ms. Rhee and Mr. Fenty had hoped to achieve. Thanks to their ham-handed approach to governing and disregard of the sensibilities of their constituents, both of them will soon be gone. But the children they claimed to care so much about will still be locked in a lousy school system.
Black voters across the country are not nearly as discontented with Mr. Obama as blacks in Washington were with Mr. Fenty. But neither do they have the same enthusiasm that they had in the historic 2008 election.
Mr. Obama has seldom addressed black concerns directly, although many of his initiatives have benefited blacks. What has taken a toll is the perception that the president has consistently seemed more concerned about the needs and interests of those who are already well off, who are hostile to policies that would help working people and ethnic minorities, and who in many cases would like nothing better than to see Mr. Obama fail.
Most blacks are reluctant to publicly express their concerns about the president because they are so outraged by the blatantly unfair and often racist attacks against him from the political right. But many blacks are unhappy that Mr. Obama hasn’t been more forceful in the fight to create jobs. And there is disappointment over the dearth of black faces in high-profile posts in the administration.
The Shirley Sherrod fiasco fed the belief that the Obama administration was excessively concerned about the racial sensibilities of whites. The secretary of agriculture fired Ms. Sherrod without even giving her a hearing after an excerpt from a video appeared to show that she had discriminated against a white farmer. She had done no such thing, and she would later decline an offer to rejoin the administration.
There is real danger here for black people. In many cases, because of an excess of caution, policies that would help people in need are never even seriously considered, much less implemented. Forces that are hostile to blacks are not aggressively confronted, which, of course, empowers them. Perhaps more important, when you have to tiptoe around absolutely anything that has to do with blacks, it can leave the insidious impression that there is, in fact, something wrong with being black, something to be ashamed of.
We need to be careful not to corrode the joy and pride felt by blacks in the triumphs of African-American leaders.”
Comment: There seems to me to be a long list of items honest blacks could claim to be, if not ashamed about, at least embarrassed about. Electing their Representatives to Congress should certainly near the top of the black list. Mr. Obama may be a mixed bag regarding embarrassments. Then there is the popular black minister corps starring Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton.
Leading anyone’s list of embarrassments which should be at the very top of the black list, is the allergy so rife in its community toward education……and civil learnings supposed to go with it. Someday Mr. Herbert’s protected community might even discover civil behavior by practicing representative democracy. Perhaps they might even need a Tea Party movement to help straighten things out.
If I were black, I’d be terribly ashamed, not about being black, but about the condition of the black community’s one party plantation culture and the leaders to control it. Name your stars who are honorable and influencial in the community, Mr. Herbert……who exemplify by word and deeds not narrow bigotted mouthy racism, but classic honorable values. We could begin with honesty.
I am often ashamed at my American community these days, Mr. Herbert, which includes Americans who happen to be black.
Mr. Obama has thus far been a miserable failure as president of Americans. And so, I am ashamed, not of his white part or his black part, but of his pretense at being a uniting president and his preachments to promote a Marxist society for our nation.
I am ashamed that he knows so little about America and its citizens. He embarrasses me almost every time he speaks in public. Worse, if, indeed, he is a Marxist, as I believe he is through his background and his work and talk, he is an enemy of the democratic process. That is worse than an embarrassment.