‘Black folks’ not neglected, Obama says.. & Danny Glover disagrees
Almost one year after African-Americans celebrated the inauguration of the U.S.’s first black president, Barack Obama is rejecting complaints he’s done too little to help a population hit disproportionately hard by the recession.
In interviews with African-American media outlets, he said it’s unrealistic to expect he could solve the myriad economic and social problems facing black America in one White House term, let alone his first 12 months in office.
” This notion, somehow, that because there wasn’t a transformation overnight that we’ve been neglectful is just simply, factually not accurate,” Mr. Obama told the American Urban Radio Network.
“I can’t pass laws that say I’m just helping black folks. I’m president of the entire United States.”
“It’s not going to happen in one year … it’s going to take years,” he added.
His call for patience will come as cold comfort for black Americans whose economic fortunes have fallen harder and faster than any demographic group in the past year.
In November, unemployment among African-Americans stood at 15.4%, the highest of any U.S. racial group and more than five points higher than the national rate. Among black males aged 16 to 24 it soared to 34.5%.
The persistent struggles have triggered criticism from prominent African-American lawmakers and commentators. They claim Mr. Obama has mostly ignored the plight of blacks while bailing out Wall Street and the auto industry.
Actor Danny Glover, a prominent liberal activist who was among Mr. Obama’s biggest supporters in the 2008 election, recently accused him of following “the same playbook” as the Bush administration on domestic policy.