Questions remain about how hard Obama can fight for the anti-poverty, education and health care proposals that helped him win near-universal support from black voters. There also is a growing realization that he will likely face years of criticism — some of it motivated by race — over his administration's response to a sour economy and other issues.
Some in the CBC acknowledge Obama must govern more from the center to be a successful president. However, many of the group's more liberal lawmakers expect him to seize the opportunity created by strong Democratic control of Congress to push through initiatives that have long been blocked by Republicans, such as public health insurance and sharp funding increases for urban development.
Some issues within the Black community are so obvious to me. The frustrations I hear loud and clear. The ironies scream out louder but few hear.
It is all too clear to me that certain Black Political establishment operatives are out for POWER, not for a fix to the issues within the Black community.
Thus to read the words told to the CBC by Barack Obama is indicative of the problem that our communities face:
In a conference call recently, Obama reminded CBC members that most of them represent politically safe districts, and that Democrats must look out for the interests of vulnerable moderates to maintain majorities and achieve their goals.
My argument is that THE PROBLEM IS that too many of the CBC members COME FROM POLITICALLY SAFE DISTRICTS. These districts were racially gerrymandered so that a certain quantity of Black people would be in the district - even if the district does not follow natural boundaries. A Black district is a left-wing, liberal district. The higher percentage of Black people - the more radical left the member will be.
The COMMUNITY would benefit if the there was more competition of ideas and more diversity within the districts. Let's be honest - a strong majority Black district which has major problems related to poverty is more inclined to blame "the system" for their problems and thus they will elect leadership who will go on the permanent outward chase. A more balanced district would tend to place a check upon this tendency and are far more inclined to hold the machine in power accountable for the conditions of the district.
Shamefully - the ideological bigotry that is strong within the Black community insures that the conditions within these places remain functionally unmanaged.
The CBC conference draws thousands of elected officials, business leaders and other professionals from around the country.
So far this week, the White House has gone out of its way to reassure them that it is committed to generating new opportunities for minorities. Along with Obama's Saturday address, the administration dispatched a team of Cabinet secretaries to earlier panel discussions to highlight initiatives for creating jobs, improving education and preventing home foreclosures.
"It's still very early and people are hopeful that things will get done," said Valerie Maholmes, a behavioral scientist from Washington who was attending a Thursday session on rebuilding the economy.
Many attendees said they remain incredibly proud that the nation elected a black president and are optimistic about the future, despite the economy.
"I think for the first time probably in the history of America the black community feels they are in a position of power," said James Bryant, a union leader from San Francisco. "I think African-Americans think there is no more wall."
Bryant and others said they anticipated that Obama would face fierce resistance from the right. But some said they don't understand the intensity and sometimes personal nature of the opposition.
I don't have a problem with Black people's PRIDE IN BARACK OBAMA.
I have a problem with too many people's inability to make note where their PRIDE ends and their PERMANENT INTERESTS take over.