Has Obama Been Good for Black Americans?

By Alan Caruba

Please don’t tell me that the first black President of the United States has helped black Americans. Last time I checked, the rate of unemployed blacks, age 18-29, was 22.3 percent in July. Not exactly what they and other blacks were anticipating when they voted en masse for him in 2008.

Indeed, while blacks will likely give Obama their support, many are saying he did not live up to their expectations. Now we hear people like film director Spike Lee saying that blacks’ expectations were "too high." That’s called having it both ways.

In a recent article in The Daily Beast.com, Allison Samuels interviewed comedian D.L. Hughly who has a new book out, “I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America.” Suffice to say that Hughly has a man-crush on Obama. In a similar fashion, I have had discussions blacks who regard any criticism of Obama as racism and who ignore his record in office.

I would love to ignore Hughly, but I can’t, nor do I think he speaks for all blacks in the same way I do not speak for all Italian-Americans or all white people. In his book, Hughly compared Obama to the TV character, Carlton Banks in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He said, “I just meant the president was fortunate enough to grow up in a world early on where he could believe that everything was all good and life was fair and wonderful if you did the right things.”

Hughly needs to read the growing library of books and articles that point out that Obama was abandoned by his father, a Kenyan, who divorced his white wife. Obama never knew his father, yet wrote a memoir “Dreams from my Father” in which he identifies solely with being black.

Obama’s white mother and grandparents were Marxists. After his early years in Indonesia, Obama was sent to live with his grandparents who afforded him an education in one of Hawaii's exclusive schools. In his youth in Hawaii, he was mentored by a family friend, Frank Marshall Davis, a black man and an active member of the Communist Party USA. The FBI has a thick dossier about Davis.

Hughly’s Obama is a work of fiction, no less than the one created by Obama.

“I’m a black man too and I didn’t grow up in that kind of world. I couldn’t grow up thinking everything would be OK because it wasn’t for a lot of people I knew,” said Hughly who apparently thinks Obama was naïve and didn’t realize the depth of racism in America, but ignores the fact that a lot of whites voted for Obama because they wanted to demonstrate to the world that a black man could be elected President.

If Obama had been raised by a black father, says Hughly, he would have learned that “you can’t let someone disrespect you but one time.” Hughly mistakes criticism of Obama’s performance in office as racism and, in fact, the half-black, half-white Obama has generally been given a pass his whole life precisely because of his racial mix. All Presidents have been subjected to often harsh criticism.

If anything, Obama has been the “affirmative action” President whose life has been characterized by the special treatment he received growing up. It has been a life whose actual facts Obama has gone out of his way to conceal by having his college and other records hidden from public review, not the least of which has been his birth certificate, deemed by many to be a forgery along with his phony Social Security number..

Ms. Samuels asked Hughly “Do you think Obama will be more forceful in the way you’d like if he is reelected for a second term? Many African Americans feel he’ll fight harder for minority issues during his second term because he won’t have to worry about being reelected?”

“No, I don’t feel that way at all. He’s a diplomatic guy who feels things should be done in a certain way and handled with a certain amount of intelligence and thought.” How Hughly accounts for forty-two months of eight percent unemployment suggests Obama’s intelligence is subject to debate. Wasting billions on a “stimulus” judged to have been a failure and more billions wasted on “green energy” firms that went bankrupt is not, for many people, a sign of intelligence.

Obama’s now famous “You didn’t build that business” more clearly suggests his Marxist belief that government is the source of all success rather than individual hard work.

As far as Hughly is concerned, Obama has “done so many good things for this country” and he is welcome to his opinion. That he regards the Tea Party movement and other conservatives as racist suggests a less than critical examination of the facts of Obama’s performance in office. Or of the Tea Party that has the support and participation of many blacks and Hispanics.

Juan Williams, a black Fox News analyst, wrote in 2007 that “the core group of black people trapped in poverty today is not defined by lack of opportunity as much as by bad choices. Black youth culture is boiling over with nihilism. It embraces failure and frustration…”

But not all blacks are trapped in poverty. Many have benefited from civil rights laws dating back to the 1960s and have become members of the middle class. Others have worked hard to rise to positions of success in business and other endeavors, including Hughly.

What struck me about the Hughly interview was his uncritical embrace of Obama and the view that it is racism that is holding blacks back. Obama has not opened any doors for black Americans that were not already in place.

To the contrary, Obama has offered them more food stamps and has tried via an illegal executive order to gut the successful welfare law that Bill Clinton signed. He has failed the millions, black, white, Asian, and Hispanic, who are unemployed as the result of his Marxist ideology.

I believe Obama has made it nearly impossible for a black American to be elected President for a generation or two. I believe he will be rejected by the voters in November and I believe he will, as he has done throughout his presidency, blame others for it.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

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Comment by Ernest E Lane on September 25, 2012 at 7:51pm

As for the illegal executive order:  the House should have impeached him, or at the very minimum, issue a very harshly worded letter of disdain.  Obama pulls this crap because no one stands up to him.  Don't like the numerous Czars?  Simple.  Don't provide the funding for them.

Comment by Wilafret on August 14, 2012 at 7:43am

Alan, you are right, it has always been about race, He is an extreme Marxist, If he gets elected again then I am afraid we will be a Marxist country and will have to take this country back by force like we had to take it the first time from a country that is not as bad as Marxism. I am not sure can get it back now with out force, I really don't think obama cares about the election, if he did than him and his people would not be saying or doing the dumb, stupid things they are are.. To be Honest I am very worried about the future for my grandchildren,

Comment by Doug Nicholson on August 14, 2012 at 3:29am


I love your posts here on TPN. You are an outstanding writer.

I agree with everything you are trying to say in this post. However, if we are going to represent what someone said to be a quote, let's not misquote it as the Progressives do. The exact quote should be, “If you've got a business, that, you didn’t build that."

I agree that he meant ...that (business, not roads and bridges), but it is not exactly what he said. I, for one, and I am sure that you agree, do not wish to mislead anyone.

Comment by Jo DeFranco on August 13, 2012 at 11:08pm

He is a misguided dufus that has done more to hurt African Americans than anyone else I can think of.  He came out of nowhere and was given the keys to our country and to the world and he turned that position into crap.  He had everything at his feet and could have been the greatest President of all time, uniting our people and doing the greatest good for our country and the world.  Nothing would have stopped him, no one would have wanted to stop him.  The saddest thing in history is when a King, Emperor, Czar, Pharoah, Head of State has two choices either do good with their power or do bad and evil.  Time after time those that choose to do bad eventually meet their match and their end and for this imposter it can't come too soon.  He could have given the African American community a true and real hero for them to strive for and look up instead of the made up, drugged up, foolish athlete or entertainer and instead they have what is by far the worst President since Carter.  That is about the only good he had done is make Carter look good.

Comment by Monica Babcock on August 13, 2012 at 10:04pm

James- you got it right.

Comment by Lawrence Brown on August 13, 2012 at 6:29pm

James: You hit home run.

Comment by James Buccieri on August 13, 2012 at 6:20pm

It is nice to see some being proud of his heritage, I to call myself what I am, Italian-American because the last time I looked there is not a palce called White in Europe.  Life is what you and your parents make it.  I grew up during busing, had to ride a bus 1.5 hours to school and the same home.  In my school everyone had the same chance, I will even go as far as to say the teachers tried to make sure they spent more time with a black American Child.  I know how most acted not because I am racist but because I lived it, I was there.  My Great Grandpa came here with his wife and 3 children and less than $20.00 in his pocket and he made a Great Life for his family, how could he have so little and end up with so much? You don't think there is profiling/racism towards Italians? How are we viewed?  Look at the story line of almost every movie, series.  What Hughly and others like him need to think about is if things are as bad as he says for his fellow black American's why are some black Americans the most paid and famous people right now.  If things are so bad for black Americans why do so many hope that Tiger Woods turns it around. Yes, I am so tired of hearing if you don't reelect Obama you have to be racist. If Obama didn't have the color of skin he has he would have been impeached a long time ago, for that fact he would never have been elected and that is as racist as you can get. He got a lot of his votes for not what he knew, not experince he had but the color of his skin.

Comment by Lawrence Brown on August 13, 2012 at 6:09pm

Obama has helped many,in white house and his liberal friends,UNIONS.

Comment by Clarence E. DeBarrows on August 13, 2012 at 5:14pm

You're piece is quite good, Alan, although, if I may be permitted to say so, not quite accurate.  Obama is an agenda driven, pandering, mulatto who uses racism to his advantage in dividing and weakening our Country.  Hughly is a classic example of his expertise in that area.

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