Race relations getting worse?
On election night 2008, I was disappointed that Senator McCain lost the election. I was concerned about Senator Obama's lack of executive experience and some of his foreign policy views.
Nevertheless, I moved on with the expectation that our first black president could actually have an impact in turning around the state of affairs in black America.
I had hope that things would change!
What a disappointment President Obama has been on that, too.
Over the weekend, lt. governor of Missouri Kinder shook up things a bit with these comments:
Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s News HQ,” Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R-MO) said Attorney General Eric Holder “on many occasions” seemed to “be inciting the mob.”
Kinder said, “He is sounding the right notes today, this afternoon. I just wish he had been more judicious and measured in his comments since the August 9. Because Mr. Holder came in and seemed on many occasions to be inciting the mob. He seemed to be putting his weight on the one side of the scales of justice and not backing up law enforcement. And if he is now, you know, backing up law enforcement mode, then I will be among those cheering him. And I hope that’s the way he is from now on.”
When asked if he had spoken to Mr. Holder directly, Kinder said, “No, no, no, he doesn’t bend to speak with people like me. He comes into town and meets with one side. He met with the family of Michael Brown, and that’s fine that he met with them. But, he did not meet with the family of officer Darren Wilson or with his brother and sister officers to say I’m backing you up.”
It's easy to understand where Mr. Kinder is coming from. All you have to do is look at how the Obama administration has talked about race.
I agree with Linda Chavez that Mr. Holder has put "salt in the wounds":
The violence should not come as a surprise, given the ugly tone set by the nation’s top law-enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder.
The most divisive attorney general since Richard Nixon’s John Mitchell, Holder has fanned the flames of racial grievance for much of his tenure.
I've felt for some time that the Obama administration is in massive distraction mode when it comes to talking about race in the U.S.
Sadly, things have not really improved for black Americans under our first black president. To be fair, some of these problems have no federal government solution. Nevertheless, President Obama's policies have not helped.
In fact, we are in Obama year 7, and the president seems more passionate about "DREAMers" or "same-sex marriage" than the state of black America.
Look at the unemployment rate:
In February, the unemployment rate for African-Americans was 10.4 percent, while the comparable rates for whites, Hispanics and Asians were 4.7 percent, 6.6 percent and 4.0 percent, in that order, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. The national unemployment rate was 5.5 percent last month.
Look at the lousy public schools that black parents are sending their kids to. Why? Because of the corrupt relationship between the teachers' unions and the Democratic Party.
How bad are the public schools in Chicago? Mr. Obama's daughters don't go to those schools, even before, when he was a relatively unknown Illinois politician.
Look at black-on-black crime, the least talked about social problem in the U.S.
Where can you find evidence that black America is improving?
This is why the Obama administration is vocal about voting rights and the war on black young men. They need to fan the fires of racism because they can't address the problems in black America.
They have no solutions except to play the race card!
Very sad state of affairs in year 7 of our first black president!