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Not trying to pick a fight

No indeed:

With unemployment among blacks at more than 15 percent, the N.A.A.C.P. will join several other groups on Tuesday to call on President Obama to do more to create jobs. ...

In speaking out on jobs, N.A.A.C.P. leaders say they are not trying to pick a fight with the first African-American president. Rather, they say, they are pressing Mr. Obama in an area where they believe he wants to be pressured.

“It’s time [NOW????] for us to really stoke this issue up,” said Hilary O. Shelton, the N.A.A.C.P.’s senior vice president for advocacy and policy. “We’re not so much trying to convince him to do something he doesn’t want to do, but urging him to move forward on an issue we have agreement on.”

Well, you go on believing that.

Because there's plenty of room under the bus!

NOTE Via Allegre.

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jumpjet's picture
Submitted by jumpjet on

What are you supposed to do when the incarnation of everything you've fought for for a century stabs you in the back?

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Submitted by madamab on

how could the NAACP be expected to not back the first black President?

One of the reasons I didn't want Obama was because I knew he would screw over black people. It was so obvious from the campaign that he ran. He was all about lecturing people on "personal responsibility," instead of acknowledging institutionalized racism and putting forth plans to combat it.

One idea he had that would have been very beneficial to AAs, was the decriminalization of marijuana. That would keep a lot of young black men out of jail, which is a really huge problem right now. My AA stepmother in particular was excited by that idea. Alas, he reneged on that promise as he has reneged on so many promises to the lefties who supported him so passionately.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

This is turning into Obama's Katrina moment (hunger and joblessness can lead to death!). The NAACP is framing this right. Obama is no longer able to take African-Americans for granted. If he loses them, he's toast in 2012. They are essentially asking the if Obama cares about black people. Obama and the FKDP only understand winning elections, and the naacp is framing this in a way that can hurt their chances.

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Submitted by Davidson on

Good on them. They should have done much more and earlier (think: two years ago), but it's a step in the right direction. They have exploited the "We see in Obama what we want to see" dynamic to say, "This is what Obama wants and we'll help him get there." However, I think they're playing a losing hand. Obama will likely ignore the NAACP and then if ever called out by them will go into his, "There is not a black America or a white America, but a United States of America" rhetoric.