I don’t do reactionary. At least I try not to. Its draining tiresome and?
Matt Bai writes,
The argument here is that a President Obama, closely watched for signs of parochialism or racial resentment, would have less maneuvering room to champion spending on the urban poor, say, or to challenge racial injustice. What?s more, his very presence in the Rose Garden might undermine the already tenuous case for affirmative action in hiring and school admissions. Obama himself has offered only tepid support for a policy that surely helped enable him to reach this moment. In ?The Audacity of Hope,? he wrote: ?Even as we continue to defend affirmative action as a useful, if limited, tool to expand opportunity to underrepresented minorities, we should consider spending a lot more of our political capital convincing America to make investments needed to ensure that all children perform at grade level and graduate from high school ? a goal that, if met, would do more than affirmative action to help those black and Latino children who need it the most.?
Matt goes on to argue that the visibility of Obama as a THE black men,
When does one Black man’s experience negate the lives of 800
Then there are the issues that Ben Jealous and others might raise: black men incarcerated at more than six times the rate of white men, black joblessness more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans. Just talking about such disparities as systemic problems could be harder for an African-American president ? for any African-American, really ? than it was before. ?If Obama is president, it will no longer be tenable to go to the white community and say you?ve been victimized,? Artur Davis told me. ?And I understand the poverty and the condition of black America and the 39 percent unemployment rate in some communities. I understand that. But if you go out to the country and say you?ve been victimized by the white community, while Barack Obama and Michelle and their kids are living in the White House, you will be shut off from having any influence.?
thousand others? (There are 800 thousand Black man in prison, many
for non violent drug offenses).
So basically, we will be told “You have your Black President, now go
Obama’s presidency as an accelerator of White Middle Class apathy?
Where is the change in this? What agenda, if any, is Matt pushing here?