Black Lawmakers Lament Flaring of Racial Tensions Under Obama

Niall Stanage, The Hill, August 26, 2013

When President Obama follows in Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps on Wednesday with an address at the Lincoln Memorial, he will face a nation where race remains the great divide.

Black lawmakers say the election of the nation’s first African-America president has not been a salve for racial tensions, a view that the public has also voiced in recent polling.

While Democratic lawmakers place the lion’s share of the blame on Republicans for the state of affairs, they betray disappointment that more progress has not been made since the civil rights movement won its biggest victories.

Asked whether the overall trajectory of race relations has been positive or negative in recent years, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) paused for a moment.

“Right after the election of the president, I would have thought it was going in a positive direction, but I am not so sure anymore,” she said.

“I think we have lost ground as it relates to our tolerance of people who are different or people who we believe have not worked hard enough. You hear the language all the time on talk radio—the buzzwords, often primarily directed at low-income people and communities of color.”

Fudge’s party colleague and fellow CBC member Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) suggested that the presence of the first black president has sparked more open conversation about racial issues. This, she suggested, could be seen as a positive development overall, yet one that has also led to bruised feelings.

In the past, “so much was swept under the rug,” Lee said. “The country, for whatever reason, has not confronted race in the way that it should. With stop-and-frisk and all the issues around income inequality, you really have to wonder [how much things have improved.] But I think a lot of it is to do with the idea that race has been an issue that we can talk about.”

Large swathes of the general public also hold a nuanced view of the country’s progress, according to a poll released last week by the Pew Research Center.

While 45 percent of Americans said they think the United States has made a lot of progress toward realizing King’s dream of racial equality, 36 percent were more circumspect, saying only “some” progress has been made. Fifteen percent said that the advancements had either been small or nonexistent.

Forty-nine percent of Americans believe there is a long way to go before something akin to a color-blind society can be realized.

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Many Democrats insist that the ferocious opposition to Obama has a racial component.

“How do you overcome it?” Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), a founding member of the CBC said, referring to racial inequalities. “We certainly haven’t done it with an African-American president.

“I saw the people who scream and shout about ObamaCare. I saw the hatred that was in people’s eyes. People are not being honest with themselves if they don’t realize that the roots of racism go deep, that we still have not been able to cut that cancer out of the side of America.”

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Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) is the first black woman to hold a congressional seat in her native state. Part of a younger generation of black lawmakers, she was born 16 months after the March on Washington took place.

“My dad grew up in Selma, but our experiences are as different as night and day,” she said. “I can’t imagine my dad drinking from colored-only water fountains. But it happened.”

Sewell emphasizes the economic inequalities, racial and otherwise, that continue to bedevil the nation. But she insisted that Obama’s tenure has pushed the United States at least somewhat closer to King’s dream.

“I think his very presence has made a big difference,” she said. “My little nephew wants to be a CEO or the president—and there is Barack Obama running the United States of America. That changes the psyche, and the willingness of other generations to see beyond race.”

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  • Puggg

    While Democratic lawmakers place the lion’s share of the blame on
    Republicans for the state of affairs, they betray disappointment that
    more progress has not been made since the civil rights movement won its
    biggest victories.

    The election of Obama has not brought about this magical utopia fairyland that his wacky constituents thought it would bring.

    I saw the people who scream and shout about ObamaCare. I saw the hatred that was in people’s eyes.

    You saw opposition to a piece of legislation. Wow.

  • JohnEngelman

    Those who complain about racial progress imply that if only whites stopped being so prejudiced, all would be fine. As long as the black crime rate is over seven times the white crime rate, most whites will remain prejudiced, even if they deny it publicly.

    • exLibtard

      …, most whites will remain prejudiced, …

      I think you meant to say “postjudiced”. Let’s use that word more often and stop not use Liberal-approved language.

      • Extropico

        Nice. Someone actually has postjudice in Urbandictionary, meaning to dislike someone for good reason.

  • BlarneyMiller

    No matter what biased and dishonest Liberals tell you are the reasons for the increase in whites having a negative view of race relations, the real reasons for the white negativity are the uptick in black-on-white crime, the incessant blaming of whites in the media, Obama and Holder siding with blacks in any racial dispute, and blacks always voting and acting as a collective when whites are told that they cannot.

    • Jesse James

      Don’t forget the never ending hydra-headed government wealth transfer from the white working and middle classes to blacks. Obama phones, WIC, EBT, racial set asides, preferences for blacks in admission to schools, government and corporate hiring and advancement. Preferential government home loans, “Earned” Income tax rebates, Section 8 housing allotments, free utilities, preference for government contracts….we don’t even know how many ways they are transferring our wealth to non-whites but it is clear that it is a deliberate policy that is helping to destroy the white middle class.

      • BonusGift

        Good point; and an unsustainable approach if there ever was one. As Thatcher said concerning socialism (and it directly relates to what you point out): “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” In this case, you could say: The problem with supporting black parasites at the expense of YT is that at some point you run out of YT. In other words, if the hosts revolt and/or the parasites become too numerous it collapses in on itself and blacks (and many others) are too focused on the bigsmedat to ever see it coming.

  • Jesse James

    The Congressional Black Caucus won’t be happy until the last dollar is transferred from the last white man’s bank account to a blacks account. What we have going on is just a complete inversion of Jim Crow with blacks as the new master race. I am kind of looking forward to the “cracker only” water fountains though.

    • Extropico

      Don’t forget the handover of the last White female. That is also hot on their agenda.

      • ms_anthro

        We will kill ourselves before we submit to that. Count on it.

        • Spartacus

          If people like me get a little more numerous, you won’t have to.

          • ms_anthro

            I hope you’re right. And thank you.

        • ncpride

          Amen, sister. Amen.

    • JDInSanD

      They wouldn’t set aside water fountains for us even if they could figure out how to make one.

    • BonusGift

      We are already experiencing economic collapse. This is going to get much messier, weirder, and meaner before anything close to YT logic is applied.

  • IstvanIN

    Gee, since White people are being relentlessly hunted by feral blacks, with the tacit approval of both the “president” and “attorney general”, I would think blacks would be thrilled at the state of race relations. Whites, not so much.

  • serious123

    He’s probably right about 49% saying we have a long way to go to be color blind. 30% are probably black, latino or some other minority and the remaining 19% are liberals.

  • Jefferson

    [QUOTE]With stop-and-frisk and all the issues around income inequality, you
    really have to wonder [how much things have improved.] But I think a lot
    of it is to do with the idea that race has been an issue that we can
    talk about.”[/QUOTE]

    Stop and frisk does not exist in Sub Saharan Africa. Maybe more Black Americans should look into moving there.

  • Spartacus

    “I think his very presence has made a big difference,” she said. “My
    little nephew wants to be a CEO or the president—and there is Barack
    Obama running the United States of America. That changes the psyche, and
    the willingness of other generations to see beyond race.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Your little nephew probably won’t be smart enough to use the stove, let alone be CEO of a company.

    • Jefferson

      Maybe what she really meant is her nephew could one day be the CEO of a rap music label. You do not have to have a very high I.Q high to be the CEO of a rap label, because it is not the same thing as being the CEO of Dell or Apple for example where you really do have to be the at the top of the I.Q food chain.

      • IstvanIN

        Aren’t must record company executives tribe?

        • Jefferson

          I know the CEO of Cash Money Records is a Bantu man named Birdman.

          And the CEO of Rockafella Records is a Bantu with camel sized lips named Jay-Z.

    • newscomments70

      I was watching videos of old Rhodesia and present day Zimbabwe. During white rule, blacks were mostly working class and lived in simplistic, but adequate houses. They had modern appliances, electricity, running water, and toilets. There was small group of black entrepreneurs that were upperclass and wealthy. For blacks, they had highest living standard in Africa. Even the liberal BBC commented how much better they lived than their bretheren in “liberated” Africa. Now that black rule has turned them into Zimbabwe, they are now living in shanties with no modern amenities. Many are homeless. They cook outside over an open fire…the stoves are gone. Soon they wont even be able build fires. Most of the vegetation is gone.

  • MekongDelta69

    The combined IQ of the lunatics mentioned in this article MIGHT approach triple digits – and then again, it might not.

    “The Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Marcia Fudge
    You CAN’T make this stuff up. Really – you can’t.

    • BonusGift

      Take an average group of retarded non-blacks and the conversation would be more high-brow than a spoiled group of ‘black’ congresscritters. And yet it always comes back to YT not providing enough of his or her blood and treasure. It just never occurs to these parasites that their basic approach might result in pushback; they are a pack of complete and utter idiots (no offense to retards and idiots intended).

  • Luca

    “With stop-and-frisk and all the issues around income inequality, you really have to wonder [how much things have improved.]” – Barbara Lee

    Well, Barbara, Stop and Frisk is a civilized white man’s concept of making our streets safer from black culture.

    Perhaps you like your people’s tactics better like, “Stop and Mug”, or “Rape and Rob” or “Beat and Kill”. Your choice Barbara.

    • Puggg

      During slow time at work today, on my phone, I watched a National Geographic show about drug gangs in and involving Chicago. A problem which would be a lot less bad if the cops in Chicago did stop question frisk.

  • MBlanc46

    Hmmm. No mention of flash/bash mobs. No mention of “Beat Whitey” days at state fairs. No mention of the Knockout Game. No mention of race hustling over St. Trayvon. No mention of the epidemic of black violence where whites from 13 months to 88 years are cold-bloodedly murdered by “teens”. It’s hard to take opinions about racial antagonism seriously when things like these are simply ignored.

    • IstvanIN

      actually from the womb to 99. Yes white woman have had their babies cut out of their bellies by these beasts.

      • MBlanc46

        I had a particular couple of recent cases in mind, but you’re right, there are no age limits when black violence is at work.

    • newscomments70

      35,000 white women are raped by black men in the US, every year. That is a horrifying number, common only in a warzone…yet we are expected to ignore this. This goes beyone racism. We are at war.

  • odious liberal

    What did these morons expect when they elected a criminal whose sole qualification being a negro?

    • IstvanIN

      Why do you call him a criminal?

      • Allan477

        Why do you think the police are forbidden to release the RAP sheets on one Barry Dunham?

  • Easyrhino1

    “Black lawmakers say the election of the nation’s first African-America president has not been a salve for racial tensions”

    No sheet.

    After 8 years of (until that time) the worst presidentcy in US history, otherwise known as the Bush admininstration, the Democrats could have won the White House with Charles Manson on the ticket.

    The loss by the Republicans in 08 had little to do with Obama and everything to do with his predecessor. In reality there’s little difference between the two.

  • Whitetrashgang

    Why don’t all the mud people go back to their countries, problem solved. Also any other race who would have the whole of Africa to go and start a business and try to get rich would leave tomorrow except blacks, just shows how really useless they are.

    • BonusGift

      Great point.

    • Whites, Malays and subcontinental Indians did great in Africa. Predictably, the locals hate them for it, and Idi Amin wrecked the Ugandan economy by expelling the Indian business class.

  • Funruffian

    “While 45 percent of Americans said they think the United States has made a lot of progress toward realizing King’s dream of racial equality, 36 percent were more circumspect, saying only “some” progress has been made. Fifteen percent said that the advancements had either been small or nonexistent.”
    There isn’t any progress in “Racial Equality”, because Racial Equality isn’t progress. It is unattainable.

    • seapeaMP

      “Racial Equality” is code for White GENOcide.

      A world without White people, is a world with “Racial Equality”.

      • BonusGift

        Correct, just as “anti-racist” is code for anti-white.

      • Negros, Arabs and Mestizos would still be inferior to Japanese, Chinese and Koreans. If we we eliminated Asians as well as whites, Arabs, Mestizos, Amerinds and subcontinentals, some negros would doubtless remain inferior to others. The Hutus and Tutsis certainly could tell each other apart.

    • Racial Equality would require some level of biological equality, but the races are not equal.

  • sbuffalonative

    The liberal mind thrives of the fantasy of ‘if only’… If only racism went away, blacks would thrive, nay, surpass whites by every measure. If only the wealthy would share their wealth, everyone would be rich. If only white people didn’t have an irrational fear of being reduced to a minority, we could throw open our borders and build he greatest nation in the history of mankind.

    They had a similar fantasy about the first black President. If only we had a black President, racism would disappear in America.

    What prevents this fantasy from becoming reality is racist white people who just can’t grasp how great, nay, the GREATEST, our first black President is.

    • newscomments70

      The Europeans still love Obama. If you peruse the comments on various British news media, you will see mostly vile, white liberals. (German media rarely allows comments.) Obama is wonderful and all American whites are racist. Even 40% of US whites still like Obama.

  • IKantunderstand

    I am not going to lie. Once, again, I read only like three words of this article. I don’t care what it it said. It so doesn’t matter. Integration, is a pipe dream. Perhaps, a crack pipe dream. Bottom line: Blacks have lived amongst us longer than most White immigrants ever have; the Whites assimilated, the Blacks , never have. Doesn’t that tell you something? Blacks don’t want want to assimilate, and Whites don’t want them to do so either. This country has become racially stratified enough. And, now, we are going to add to the mix? If we Whites don’t start to make changes soon, we might as well kill ourselves, because the others will soon enough do so. Or…

    • Jesse James

      Want to shut a big mouth black up? Wait till next time they start blathering about “No Justice, No Peace” and then just look them dead in the eye and say “OK”.

  • WR_the_realist

    Forty-nine percent of Americans believe there is a long way to go before
    something akin to a color-blind society can be realized.

    A color blind society would have no affirmative action and no racial set asides. There would be no racial bean counting and no complaints about how many blacks are in jail or how few are getting into Harvard. The last thing the Democrats want is a color blind society.

    • The last thing blacks want is a colorblind society. They have insisted – successfully – for forty years on being judged by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. Their demands have effectively destroyed the concept of the United States as a meritocracy, and when true equality is denied them by their unproductive sloth, greed, stupidity and vicious nature, they threaten to smash the system that feeds them.

      While president of the Harvard Law Review, Barack Orangutan published absolutely nothing in it. This is remarkable; the elected leader of the world’s most powerful nation was able to function in an environment only after expectations of him were reduced to zero, and he’s only half-black.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    “I think we have lost ground as it relates to our tolerance of people who are different or people who we believe have not worked hard enough. You hear the language all the time on talk radio—the buzzwords, often primarily directed at low-income people and communities of color.”

    You want to blame someone/something for the state of race relations Black “Lawmakers”? Start with yourselves. The likes of Jesse Jackson Jnr are the personification of most of your races deficiencies. You say politicians of other races are no better? Maybe. However, Black politicians take greed, criminal behavior and self-entitlement to new levels. Moreover, the fact that people of your ilk are still ‘electable’ to us is risible. Your constituents re-elect you after having been disgraced as they want to give it back to whitey. Face it – you need us but we don’t need you. QED Detroit and any other ‘black run entity’.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    Oh what a massive surprise. The Congressional Black Caucus says that racism is worse now than before the Affirmative President. Everything is race to these people, so of course they’re going to be talking about how bad it’s gotten. White racism is what these people feed off of, it is what they draw their very sustenance from. Without it they would have to get by like the rest of us, on their own effort and ability rather than on whitey’s guilt complex. That is why they make so many false claims of racism all the time. Without it they would be exposed as the useless nothings that they all know deep down that they really are. So the old school oppressive white racism, that everyone knows has long since been neutered will ALWAYS be here for them. It is black America’s greatest friend. It will be at the core of every issue and it will always be the reason of their all too natural failures. It is their sin forgiver, their blame receptor, their perpetual sugar daddy, their deliverer of success, their gift that keeps on giving, it is their saving grace. In short, white racism is black America’s GOD!

  • Germanacus

    Notice that in the minds of blacks the burden of change is always put on the backs of whites. It is always whites that must do something. Never blacks themselves. Their well being and status in life is to be our burden. Not their own.

    • This is one of the reasons they are unsuccessful. A few days ago, I referred to the United States as a 3000 mile-wide, open-air excuse factory, but the presence of blacks is why this is so.

  • Erasmus

    When you’ve got a president in the WH whose policies are patently racist, don’t be surprised when racial tensions go up. What did blacks think? Just because one of theirs is elected president there’s no hard work left to do? This reveals their “magical” thinking: If a thing appears a certain way to them, surely it must be that way.

    The upside of all this is that next time there will be far fewer whites who’ll vote for a black for anything.

  • ravitchn

    There will be no racial progress until blacks become civilized.

    • ms_anthro

      You might as well wait for an elephant to grow feathers. Genes trump wishful thinking. Always.

  • benvad

    Segregate ourselves as much as possible from these parasites. Donate money to create abortion centers in their neighborhoods. Do what we can to get rid of these detriments to civilization.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    I’m sure it had nothing to do with their obnoxious, loud and crass behaviour. I predict they would have left a collective tip of…

    I’ll start at $5. Any takers?

    • Tip? They not only wouldn’t have tipped, they’d have shorted the bill.

      • Ngati Pakeha

        You been lucky enough to ‘wait’ on the likes of this lot Mike?

    • Erasmus

      5$????
      Clearly, you’ve never waited on folks like these before.

      • Ngati Pakeha

        That obvious huh? I use to hustle for a moving company when I was a student in the good old US. We use to collectively groan on the rare occasion we had a black customer. Funny, even the black guys working with us complained. They knew the nature of the animal I guess. Waiting on them would be impossible I imagine.

  • Let’s see: we have knockout-game attacks, flash mob robberies, the Knoxville Horror, the Duke Rape Hoax, noose hoaxes, the attempted railroading of George Zimmerman, the Senate betraying the American public with greaser amnesty, beating deaths of “random” whites just because they are white, the shooting death of a “random” Australian just because he was also white, illegal Mexican greasers driving drunk down our roads, MS-13, narco-cartels operating inside the United States shooting people on jet skis and river rafts, and none of these things are remotely related to OogaboogaCare.

    We’re sick to death of blacks and browns because of the way they behave, and not because of a horribly flawed piece of legislation.

  • John Smith

    Honestly, if black Americans were to stop assaulting, robbing, raping, murdering, conning, exploiting, etc… us I think we could begin to have a more positive repoire. Blacks need to look at themselves and realize that’s the problem with race relations today. Repairing themselves, their families, and their worldview is what it takes for us to trust them enough to want to work with them toward bilateral positive mutual solutions.

    Read Pat Buchanan’s ‘Dead Souls of a Cultural Revolution’ article in which he states:

    “If we go back to the end of World War II, 90 percent of black families consisted of a mother and father and children raised and disciplined by their parents. The churches to which these families went on Sundays were stronger. Black schools may have been largely segregated, but they were also the transmission belts of patriotism and traditional values rooted in biblical truths and a Christian faith.

    Though such schools graduated hardworking, law-abiding and productive citizens, today they would be closed as unconstitutional.

    Indeed, all of those character- and conscience-forming institutions of yesterday are in an advanced state of decline today.

    Seventy-three percent of black kids are born to single moms. Black kids who make it to 12th grade may often be found reading at seventh-, eighth- or ninth-grade levels. In some cities the black dropout rate can hit as high as 50 percent.

    Drugs are readily available. And among black males ages 18 to 29, in urban areas, often a third are in prison or jail, or on probation or parole, or walking around with a criminal record.”

    The problem is black behavior: not “whitey” and not slavery.

  • Erasmus

    We should have picked our own cotton.