JAMES WRIGHT WRITES

Obama has my back-I hope

Posted in Uncategorized by afronews on March 26, 2009
Journalist James Wright

Journalist James Wright

There are many Black Americans who believe that the election of the first Black president of the United States means that they do not have to keep an eye on “The Man” anymore. They say that because Obama is Black, he will have the Black community’s interest when it comes to economics, criminal justice, civil rights and international relations, which should translate into better relations with Africa and the Carribean. Hmmmm….it is my opinion that Black people need to be more vigilant now that Obama is president. He has so much to deal with on his plate, it is easy to see how he could overlook some of the Black community’s concerns. Black people should not repeat the mistakes of what happen when Blacks became mayors of major cities. There was a sense that these mayors would look out for us in city hall. Sometimes that happened but for the most part the Black mayors were so tied down to performing their duties that they neglected some neighborhood concerns. This is why when you mention Black mayors, a lot of African Americans roll their eyes. We should not roll our eyes at Obama.

Call him at the White House. E-mail. Write a letter to him and send it snail mail. Fax him. Whatever you do Black people get involved in the process of engaging Obama. Do not leave it to the Congressional Black Caucus. It is up to you!!!

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