Obama Dodges The NAACP While Mitt Romney Will Address Them
In a move that seems out of character and indicative of his failing policies, Obama chooses to avoid the spiteful and racially motivated NAACP.
In the coming days Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney will be speaking in front of the NAACP. Many are asking why President Obama has sent VP Joe Biden and embattled AG Eric Holder to speak in his absence. The reasons are compelling.
Could it be that with American blacks suffering 14.4% over all unemployment non-stop since the promises that Obama made during his 2008 campaign while young blacks are experiencing 50% rates of joblessness that the President is reticent to appear? Could it be that Obama wants to distance himself from an organization that even black political analysts have acknowledged has morphed into a hate mongering entity as opposed to helping black Americans? It would appear that despite the fact that the President’s policies have failed to benefit the black community in view of these disturbing numbers, Obama is willing to throw the NAACP under the bus as he has all political liabilities.
It may also be a very bad decision by the administration to send gaffe prone VP Joe Biden, who may make an unpredictably awkward statement. To send the besieged Attorney General, Eric Holder, to speak in front of an NAACP audience sends a message to this influential organization that has racialized black politics rather than pick the most competent candidates and that a marginalized political figure is somehow a substitute for the President.
The realization among many black leaders that the voter support automatically going to black politicians especially incumbents that have held office for many terms and have a well developed re-election machine, don’t necessarily benefit their constituents in the final analysis. This has been the case with the Black Caucus that has been guilty of blatant corruption, being just one example among many.
What political parties and their supporters are going to have to realize in this country is that results are more important than racial affiliation or familiarity due to long terms in office as these two aspects definitely do not guarantee meeting the needs of the electorate. Yet, still many black and Latino voters have stuck with political leaders who have proven they have not served the best interests of their districts or states. As a matter of fact, some of the most impoverished and violence prone cities in the US are not only Democratically controlled but under black mayors. Black voters will need to objectively evaluate candidates rather than just throwing their support to political leaders of color.
Mitt Romney’s job will be to speak instructively to the NAACP in terms that address racial issues. Just because people want border security, for instance, does not mean that this leads to racial profiling as the Democrat left has alleged. Just because Republicans want to balance the budget and shrink government does not mean that this will intentionally target poor black families as Democrats have accused their opposition of. Romney should reach out to all American voter groups and capitalize on the failures of the Obama White House.