There’s an anecdote I’ve shared previously: Shortly after Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, quite a few people asked me what I thought he would do for black Americans now that he’d attained the office of president of the United States.
To which I invariably answered: “Probably about as much as he did for blacks in Chicago – not a damned thing.”
In November of 2008, the black unemployment rate was 11.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – but blacks, along with unwitting Americans at large, were still riding the high of having elected our first black president. Within a year and a half, however, black unemployment rose to 16.5 percent and hasn’t moved too far in either direction since.
In the inner cities, job participation among blacks since the ascendancy of Barack Obama has been even more dismal, with the unemployment rate for black men occasionally exceeding 50 percent over the past several years. High unemployment has exacerbated levels of crime and violence, and several cities with established black populations – now mostly unemployed – are suffering from unprecedented epidemics of violent crime.
Like Chicago, for example, where on July 11, residents from Chicago’s Southside held a protest in front of the Chicago Police Department decrying violence in their communities. The protest was reported by the Rebel Pundit website, which released a video that subsequently went viral. The Southside residents called for the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy for their failure to effectively address Chicago’s epidemic of violence.
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As anyone who has viewed the video could see, however, the black Chicago residents largely identify President Obama as the name of their pain. “Barack will go down as the worst president ever elected,” one resident declared.
“Despite the strictest gun regulations in the country, Chicago’s murder rate of 15.65 per 100,000 people looks nothing like the nation’s 4.2, the Midwest’s 4.5 or Illinois’ 5.6. Up to 80 percent of Chicago’s murders and shootings are gang related, according to police.”
– Investors Business Daily, July 16, 2014
The Chicago event was catalyzed by President Obama’s handling of the current border crisis. In light of the White House and congressional Democrats courting illegal immigrants from south of the border and advocating for the swarms of minor migrants descending upon the border, while ignoring Chicago (where 120 people have been shot and at least 26 killed so far this July), this group of Southside residents apparently had seen enough.
These protesters weren’t a pack of urban Epsilons with an entitlement beef, either. These were organized, purposeful residents who had lost children and other loved ones due to the incomprehensible level of violence in Chicago.
It is no secret that blacks in Chicago have been disgusted with the president for some time, as well as Obama crony Emanuel and Chief McCarthy, but such phenomena are not reported in the establishment press, since such coverage would reflect poorly on Obama.
It may be little surprise as well that Chicago is not the only city in which blacks have gotten fed up. Recently, a black Houston-area resident, Bernadette Lancelin, was interviewed by the local Fox affiliate. What resulted was a rant that also went viral on YouTube, when Lancelin expressed her view of a tentative plan to utilize a closed middle school in her area as a detention center for unaccompanied minor illegal aliens.
As reported in WND, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is also in the throes of endemic unemployment and violent crime in black communities. Like Chicago, those suffering most under widespread societal dysfunction are blacks in the inner-city communities. And like Chicago, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and entrenched progressive politicians appear unconcerned. In 2012, the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission (MHRC) reported that 93 percent of the known murder suspects were black, as were their victims.
And why shouldn’t blacks in cities plagued with inordinately high unemployment, poverty and violence be outraged that the White House wants to spend billions of dollars to feed and house thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who have entered the United States illegally – particularly when it is no secret that the desired outcome will place these immigrants and their extended families in direct competition with blacks for jobs?
It bears mentioning (in a rather big way) that career civil rights activists – Revs. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and other prominent melanin pimps – have had nothing whatsoever to say about the profound demoralization and mayhem currently manifesting in black communities. This is for the same reason the establishment press is ignoring these conditions; not only would it convict the administration, but it is, in fact, in keeping with its objectives.
So, what are the real sympathies of the Obama administration and Democratic power players toward their beleaguered black urban constituents? I would imagine it is something in the area of utter contempt. Think about it: Progressive-socialist Democratic politicians have been exploiting blacks for decades; certainly, having managed to bring them from a place of cultural viability to abject thralldom – with their willing participation, I might add – can’t have improved these elites’ opinions of blacks at large. As far as Obama and his cabal are concerned, well, blacks are just useful idiots in the true Leninist sense.
My question is what these suffering inner-city blacks across America would think – and do – if they knew that their suffering was by design. I suppose that ultimately using blacks’ outrage to foment violent urban uprisings may indeed be part of the plan, but this remains to be seen.
Speaking of designs: The bottom line here is that, like so many of the malevolent designs employed by the Obama administration, nothing is going to change until enough people – or enough of the right people – come to the conclusion that everything I’ve discussed here is just part of the process, and resolve to act decisively.
In fact, I can pretty much assure that unless and until this occurs, these and other circumstances will continue to get worse – all by design.
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