Are Black Folks Too Protective of the President? (Video)
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:29PM
EEW BUZZ EDITORS in Barack Obama, Jobs/Employment, Politics, President Barack Obama, congressional black caucus, maxine waters

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) took part in a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) town hall meeting on jobs Tuesday where she stirred up a bit of controversy. "We don’t put pressure on the president. Let me tell you why. We don’t put pressure on the president because y’all love the president," she said, making the point that there would be an uprising against the efforts of black representatives who challenged the president too strongly. Is this true?

Waters went on to say:

 

You love the president. You’re very proud . . . to have a black man [in the White House] . . . First time in the history of the United States of America. If we go after the president too hard, you’re going after us. . . . When you tell us it’s all right and you unleash us, and you tell us you're ready for us to have this conversation, we’re ready to have the conversation. . . . All I’m saying to you is, we’re politicians. We’re elected officials. We are trying to do the right thing and the best thing. When you let us know it is time to let go, we’ll let go.

 

Assuming for a moment that Waters is correct that a majority (not all) black folks get defensive about anyone messing with Obama, is that changing as economic conditions worsen in our community? What's your stance related to this whole debate? Should Obama not be held accountable because he's black?

 

 

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