Question Of The Day: Has President Obama Done Enough To Help Black People In The U.S.??

- By Bossip Staff

With black male unemployment at an all time high, do you think the POTUS has worked for our best interest??

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its most recent unemployment data. We knew that Black folks (especially men) would be at the bottom, we just didn’t know how bad. Well, it turns out that the numbers exceed even the most pessimistic predictions.

Black unemployment shot up like a rocket during the month of August, rising from an abysmal 15.9 percent to an even more shocking 16.7 percent. Much of the increase was driven by Black male unemployment, which rose from 17 to 18 percent. Black female unemployment remained steady at 13.4 percent, and Black teen unemployment experienced a dramatic increase from 39.2 percent to an astounding 46.5 percent.

If you were white in America, the month of August was pretty good. White unemployment remained consistent across the board, and went down for white males. Overall white unemployment dropped from 8.1 percent to 8 percent. White males saw a decline from 7.9 to 7.7 percent. White women and teens saw their unemployment rates remain unchanged at 7 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

The Obama Administration has a serious problem. Every time the numbers show that chronic Black unemployment has reached crisis levels, I think back to the Obama Administration’s delusional assertion three years ago that a “rising tide will lift all boats” (that targeted economic policy would not work as well as a general policy that helps everyone – after all, he is “everyone’s president”). Well, I’m here to report to the Obama Administration: The tide not only missed our boat, but Black folks are sinking to the bottom of the economic ocean.

One of the most telling signs of racial inequality in America is the fact that African Americans are not only subjected to the very worst economic circumstances in the country, but we are also not allowed to be upset about it. Middle class Tea Partiers can gather in Washington to complain about health care, wealthy white folks can get upset about a tiny spike in taxes, and white Americans can remain justifiably outraged over a measly eight percent rate of unemployment. But when African Americans say a word about widespread and virtually unprecedented economic suffering in the presence of a Black president, we are referred to as Uncle Toms or told that we are demanding too much

With the country in a downward spiral economically each segment of society needs to be propped up, some more than others.

What do you think of President Obama’s work in the Black community thus far?


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  • team nymphis

    Imagine if Obama gave a speach and said: “blk unemployment is almost twice that of whites.therefore, I’m going to put alot of emphasis on fixing that problem”


    The question is have black people done enough to help themselves. Obama is not the solution to our problems.

  • prettygirl

    The real question is :Is black people doing anything to help themself ???

  • Black

    We really have stop asking such a fruitless question and think these things all the way through. Before we start hollering about the difference between black and white unemployment under Obama, we need to know what the difference been historically. I’d really like to ask the black folk who think the BO hasn’t done enough “What were you expecting him to do for you?

  • meme

    He’s doing what can but to some it will never be enough. I don’t expect him to focus solely on black issues. He’s the president of the united states of America not black America. Like everybody else said what are black people doing to help themselves. I’m not looking for him to make everything perfect. There’s a lot to do and unfortunately black’s will probably always get the short end of the stick. Its time to stop looking for help and make things happen on our own, improve things in our own community. He’s one person, he can’t make it better without help. I’m voting for him in 2012 no matter what.

  • NubianShawty

    It is time for the RISE OF BLACK AMERICA its time to create jobs for ourselves instead of just being a consumer in this economy!!

  • crystal

    Come on people what does our current and future President have to do? This man has been fulfilling his campagne promises one by one. He found the most wanted man in america: he extended umemployment for everyone not just blacks. This man is not going to have everyone praising him because thats how democracy works. We still have racism and we still have the all boys club. He is giving healthcare which will allow treatment. He said “it will get worse b4 it gets better”. Give him time to fix things he inherited. Support and stop complaining. Be apart of the solution instead of the damn problem.

  • belinda

    I am getting so sick of this question and questions like these. We as black people need to start helping ourselves we need to build ourselves up and our community. This man is like meme said above the president of the united states he has to help everyone not just us. We as black people need to stop looking for savior from people. Let’s become united let’s help out ourselves and then maybe we’ll see a change because believe it or not change starts with us not our damn president…. Obama for 2012

  • d.j.mase70

    Amen, I cannot really add much more…..OBAMA 2012, Nuff Sed!

  • rigch

    @crystal that health care your praising is putting rfid chips in the babies same thing put in your dog or cat. Where’s reparations. They gave the fake pale jews isreal money and nukes. I want land money and weapons and the free will God gave me Period. See y’all want a job but we need self determinations. They have stolen everything why work for your oppressor why are you dark skinned people forgetting who u are. We are the innovators. We created the numbers they made it illegal stole it and called it the lottery. They stole the stock market concept the we had in Oklahoma. We built pyramids developed herbal medicine and brought them from the dark ages. Come on yall stop buying into this white washed dream world obamas white cuz his mamas white maternal dna is dominant in blood line

  • shacheree

    Have we as black people done all we can to help ourselves????

  • G

    I tired of the BS! Black people need 2 help themselves.

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