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A conversation with NAACP President Ben Jealous

NAACP President Ben Jealous was a guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at President Obama's first State of the Union address. While he stopped by to talk about the speech, the most interesting part of our talk was when he expressed concern that there were people around the Obama who took black voters for granted. "I don't believe that he takes us for granted. But there are people around him, quite frankly, who are trained in the brand of politics in which you always take black people for granted." Then Jealous pointed out a political truth about when black voters feel like they're being taken for granted. "We swing not between the Republicans and the Democrats....We swing between the voting booth and the couch. And us staying on the couch will kill you just as fast as us voting for a Republican."

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 30, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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Great interview - Recently, on jury duty, I reminded myself that we do NOT need to put any more young men in prison for non violent drug sales. (truth be told, I would like to put some of my crack head white neighbors somewhere) It is so stupid to spend so much time and money putting kids and adults in prison and have no training so that they come out with no money,skills and no one wants to hire them? Wotthehell, says Mehitabel the cat!
I do wonder if politically, the President is able to speak more directly to people of color - would he be able to group more minorities and speak about their needs - or would the white folks get even more upset and not have a tea party but a beer blast? Sounds as if Virginia is doing some serious thinking!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | January 31, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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