Identity Politics – Barack Obama Fails Black America With Liberalism

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In 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president, much of America – including millions of white people – thought the election of a black man to the presidency would prove that America had finally overcome its racist past and truly become a colorblind nation. Alas, that was not to be.

Not surprisingly, after almost eight years of America’s first black president, America is still a racist place… maybe even more of one. At least in the eyes of the Black Lives Matter movement, Colin Kaepernick and thousands of “protesters” around the country and their millions of fans.

The reality is, the United States is fundamentally not a racist place. It does have some elements of a racist past, (as do most countries) and there indeed may be vestiges of racism that remain, but they are largely gone from the public square. Much of what passes for racism today is nothing of the sort. Constantly we hear community activists – including the one in the White House – tell us that high unemployment in the black community is indicative of racism, that higher incarceration rates among black men is indicative of racism, that poor inner city schools are indicative of racism.

None of those things are true. All of those things are problems, but they are not signs of racism. They are mostly signs of bad decisions by the people living in black communities… mostly in the form of voting for Democrats and liberals, who’ve long run most of the nation’s largest cities where a majority of black Americans live.

While slavery and Jim Crow most certainly are stains on American history, the problems bedeviling black America today are not the vestiges of some racist system stacked against it. No, a significant number of the problems disproportionately impacting black Americans are the result of liberalism. Union and Democrat control keep urban students stuck in expensive, failing schools. Increases in minimum wage rates keep unskilled and poorly educated black youth unemployed and without work experience. Welfare programs encouraging single motherhood have pushed the rate at which black babies are born to unwed mothers from 20% in 1960 to almost 75% today. The brilliant Thomas Sowell states: The black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and discrimination, began rapidly disintegrating in the liberal welfare state that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life. And with the breakdown of the family came an increase in crime and social unrest. Combined with the destruction of education and a regulatory leviathan that suffocates entrepreneurship, blacks in America face daunting challenges. But it is big government liberalism that keeps the deck stacked against them, not racism.

And Barack Obama has been nothing if not a paragon of liberalism. Not only has he dramatically increased both government spending and costly regulation, but he has also been a champion of identity politics. And divisive identity politics has not worked out well for black Americans under Barack Obama. By many objective measures black Americans are worse off today than they were before Barack Obama became president: Black incomes are down since 2008 and poverty rates are up. Black homeownership is down and while unemployment rates are ostensibly lower, factoring in the lower Labor Force Participation Rates makes it a wash. And most tragically of all, murders are up since Barack Obama became president, with 6,782 black Americans murdered in 2008 vs. 7,039 in 2015.

All of this on the backdrop of a presidency that has at its core race. By putting race and “racism” front and center of his presidency, Barack Obama failed the country, and most of all black Americans who looked for him to bring about positive change. His big government policies have dramatically slowed economic recovery and hindered growth, the two keys to prosperity for all Americans, black and white. His constant focus on race has divided the nation more than at any point since the 1960’s. His promises that to improve the lot of black Americans while simultaneously implementing programs that make their success that much more difficult has created a level of frustration not seen in decades. His constant embrace of the social justice perspective against that of law and order has brought back the riots on a scale not seen since the 1960s and a dramatic increase in lawlessness that disproportionately impacts communities of color around the country.

At the end of the day, Barack Obama’s presidency has been an abject failure, for the country in general and for black Americans in particular. Identity politics may play well in the media and in the streets, and sometimes at the ballot box. But alas, where it counts most, economic freedom and prosperity, it never works. Barack Obama was once heralded as the poster child for opportunity in a post racial nation. Now he is a poster child for the failure of identity politics. Economic freedom, opportunity and prosperity don’t care about your race, your sex your religion or your sexuality… they seek limited government and laws that apply to everyone equally. None of which applies to liberalism and identity politics. Let’s hope that history records the failed presidency of Barack Obama is the high point of those cancerous ideologies…

The product of a military family, growing up in Naples, Italy and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and being stationed in Germany for two years while in the Army, Vince spent half of his first quarter century seeing the US from outside of its own borders. That perspective, along with a French wife and two decades as a struggling entrepreneur have only fueled an appreciation for freedom and the fundamental greatness of the gifts our forefathers left us.

8 Responses to “Identity Politics – Barack Obama Fails Black America With Liberalism”

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    Spurwing Plover

    Hope and Change was his motto and so far we have not seen either of them just mobs of uncivilzed brutes rioting,looting and burning and attacking authority He is by far the #1 worst presidents in american history

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    Nanny G

    From Ferguson onward Obama has deployed a special group of social justice warriors (Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section) to ”help” the situations.
    And what has been the result?

    *FBI sees 3.9% Increase in Violent Crimes Last Year
    *US murders increased by almost 11% in 2015

    Basically a Ferguson Effect.
    And it is only getting worse.
    Police get accused of ”racism” if they enforce laws.
    Police get accused of ”racism” if they don’t enforce laws.
    Police are retiring at an alarming rate.
    New recruits are not keeping up, so the QUALITY of recruits is dropping.
    Police are going to be less experienced and less educated overall.

    Who are most impacted by all this?
    Blacks in inner cities (read: Democrat-run).

    And how does Obama and his DOJ propose to ”fix” it?
    By simply denying reality and not prosecuting blacks for their crimes.
    (Because ”Racism,” and disparate enforcement.)
    This leaves even more law-abiding blacks at the mercy of a worse criminal element all around them.

    Richard Fernandez writes:

    [A]t social policy (which yielded riots), …..the administration has shown a willingness to double down on failure. In many and varied contexts, it acts like it’s insane.

    The explanation, as Michael Barone hints at, is the belief these setbacks are an acceptable price to pay for guaranteed re-election.

    Because liberal politics succeeds at electing candidates by promising impossible things, it promises them.

    That it fails to deliver is beside the point, because, quoting Dan McLaughlin at National Review, the Democrats believe their “party had unlocked the demographic code to a permanent majority.”

    Since misleading the electorate was the key to power, they would continue to turn it.

    In my opinion, Obama is taking advantage of blacks, not ”failing” them.

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    Liberalism has nothing attractive to offer, so it creates victim-groups and the promises to protect the. When all their promises fail to materialize, the blame the people concerned with true opportunity and achievement.

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    The History of the Russian Revolution
    Leon Trotsky
    ONLINE VERSION: Translated by Max Eastman, 1932
    Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 8083994
    ISBN 0913460834

    Slavophilism, the messianism of backwardness, has based its philosophy upon the as-sumption that the Russian people and their church are democratic through and through, whereas official Russia is a German bureaucracy imposed upon them by Peter the Great. Mark remarked upon this theme: “In the same way the Teutonic jackasses blamed the despotism of Frederick the Second upon the French, as though backward slaves were not always in need of civilised slaves to train them.” This brief comment completely finishes off not only the old philosophy of the Slavophiles, but also the latest revelations of the “Racists.”

    basically the racists are the people who want to retain their culture in the face of a power forcing them to throw away their language (por favor?), their culture, costumes, and ways…

    in the US and other places this has been bastardized to skin color… but not really… how else explain how dark skinned people from india, and pakistan are taking top positions in companies, especially in tech? or how their crime rate is lower than most groups, unlike those of african descent…

    you been played…

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    Bill… Deplorable Me

    @john: Yeah, that’s what having a corrupt liberal media in your back pocket will do for ya.

    I wonder why 75% of the nation thinks the country is heading in the wrong direction after 8 brilliant years of popular Obama?

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