Pravda doesn’t come out an call Obama “anti-black,” but they essentially argue in this editorial that he is unconcerned about the plight of American blacks. It’s interesting that while the foreign left-oriented press regularly took on Republican Presidents like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush for being unconcerned about the plight of blacks (“racism!”), this the first that I’ve seen taking Obama to task. And as they point out, American blacks are far worse off under Obama than they were under George W. Bush or Reagan. Excerpts:
“The very high unemployment, overcrowding of prisons for blacks and the cold-blooded murder of Osama Bin Laden showed that Obama further attacks the U.S. black population.
Black Americans have suffered much more than other Americans as a whole because of the policies of Barack Obama.
The unemployment rate among white Americans is 8.8%, while the unemployment rate among African Americans is 15.7%. The official unemployment rate for black Americans is almost double the rate for whites.
Worse yet, the official figures of unemployment are significantly distorted because the government does not count the number of chronically unemployed. In some cities like DC and Brooklyn, the rate is 30%-50%. Black unemployment is on the verge of being the highest in 25 years.
Only 44% of blacks own homes, compared to 70% whites. Blacks should be especially angry that President Obama launched an Educational Excellence for Hispanics Advisory Commission. Blacks have suffered from the lowest educational outcomes for decades, where is their commission? Obama thinks he can keep dismissing problems facing blacks and still carry the “black vote,” but Hispanics are the fastest growing minority so he wants to impress them while taking the black vote for granted.
Likewise, if you’re a white man between the ages of 20 and 34 years, your chances of being in prison is one in 55, if you’re a black man the same age, his chances are one in nine.
Unemployment among young blacks is 46.2%. Among young whites it is 23.4%.
The situation is not improving. Unemployment among black people was higher in 2009 than in 2008, and was even higher in 2010. Greater even than the period of George Bush.
In various media outlets of the black movement, a complete change from the euphoria at the presence of a black man in command of the major world imperialist power can already be seen.
Now the questions are clear. How can unemployment among blacks be so much worse than that of the Bush-era? Is there any real policy to fight unemployment among black Americans? Why are blacks the majority in the U.S. prisons? Finally, what is the reason to keep one of the leaders of the black people, Mumia Abu Jamal, on death row?”
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