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Posted at 3:14 PM ET, 02/22/2011

The American agenda is the 'black agenda'

By Jonathan Capehart

The Post-Kaiser Family Foundation-Harvard University poll on race and recession that ran in Sunday's paper ought to put to rest the unreasonable and politically naive demand by some African Americans that President Obama have an articulated "Black agenda." As if health-care reform, consumer protection legislation, Stimulus I and II, Race to the Top, a reinvigorated civil rights division at Justice aren't a few of the measures and steps taken by the president to help all Americans that will also disproportionately help people of color. Everyday black folks get that, which explains in part why they are more optimistic than most about their economic future. Some of the folks who claim to speak for them? Not so much.

Question 40 in the poll asks: "When it comes to looking out for the economic interests of (INSERT), do you think that the Obama administration is doing too much, too little or about the right amount?" When the insert is filled by "you and your family," 67 percent of blacks responded "about the right amount." Fill the insert with "African Americans" and 63 percent of blacks respond "about the right amount."

This is exactly the way it should be. As I wrote in June, Obama has governed the way a president should govern: without fear or favor of one race over another. That blacks feel he is doing right by them is simply icing on the cake.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 22, 2011; 3:14 PM ET
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I agree that Obama has a good and positive standing with African-Americans. It took more than the Black commuity to put him into office. He's the President of the United States not the black or white United States. The last time the black/white issue came up was Kennedy/Johnson and the civil rights era. During this era the issue was necessary because oppression had taken place too long and no end was in sight. Today everyone's in the same messy boat of oppression.

Posted by: OpinionME | February 22, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The american agenda is not a Black agenda. Since reconstruction after caucasian people's civil war, every american presidential administration has sought to stifle and kill forward advancement of all Black peoples in this country. From mass incarceration to poorly funded schools in our communities to police corruption,the Black agenda has terminated. Just because tis country now has a pecan skined man sitting in the seat of the President does not mean for Black people that "we are all united together." Black people, we must unite among ourselves and stop playing racial politics with caucasians; they don't care about us nor our children. Andre' InsanMuhammad.

Posted by: 11TO1 | February 26, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The american agenda is not a Black agenda. Since reconstruction after caucasian people's civil war, every american presidential administration has sought to stifle and kill forward advancement of all Black peoples in this country. From mass incarceration to poorly funded schools in our communities to police corruption,the Black agenda has terminated. Just because tis country now has a pecan skined man sitting in the seat of the President does not mean for Black people that "we are all united together." Black people, we must unite among ourselves and stop playing racial politics with caucasians; they don't care about us nor our children. Andre' InsanMuhammad.

Posted by: 11TO1 | February 26, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse


Where does WaPo find all these editorialists who are too stupid to tell the difference between the stereotype driven black favoritism/white discrimination of affirmative action and governing “without fear or favor of one race over another.”

"News" for you, Capeheart, Obama, and Holder's "reinvigorated" DOJ, like their equally racist predecessors, are driven by stereotypes and necessarily think of their politically imposed racist color judgments as the means to liberty, equality n’ justice for all. If color differences were actually thought irrelevant by a voting majority and their elected politicians, there would be no affirmative action, which laughably presumes there is a slavery caused economic inequality between white store clerks, waiters and truck drivers and black store clerks, waiters and truck drivers that can be "equalized" by racial favoritism/discrimination.

As for your silly poll, naturally racists favored by racist color judgments are going to be happy about it.

And is it any wonder that most Americans can't seem to figure out the difference between racial favoritism and equality, when American schools,past, present and probably future, have stubbornly insisted upon obscuring a reality comprised EXCLUSIVELY of individual human beings, with endlessly altered by never remedied politically correct stereotypes spuriously validating perpetual racial favoritism.

Posted by: jrrrr1 | February 27, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

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