Is Barack Obama Talking Down To Black Male Voters? (+)
by AAPPundit, Sun Aug 03, 2008 at 02:48:57 AM EDT
Barack Obama was heckled and accused of not focusing on black issues. Obama appeared in St. Petersburg, Florida and was interrupted when 3 black men stood up, put up a banner that said, "What about the black community, Obama?" and hollered, What about the black community?
Obama told them they would have time to ask questions after the speech was over, and they did. They asked why he was not focusing on issues like the sub-prime mortgage crisis, Jena Six, Sean Bell and "the numerous attacks that are made against the African-American community." Obama responded twofold: telling the hecklers that he had, in fact, been focused on these issues and explaining that there would never be 100% continuity between his agenda and that of the voters.
"Listen, I was a civil rights lawyer," Obama said. "I passed the first racial profiling legislation in Illinois.
I passed some of the toughest death penalty reform legislation in Illinois.
That doesn't mean I am always going to satisfy the way you want these issues framed... which gives you the option of voting for somebody else, it gives you the option of running for office yourself, those are all options.
Did Barack Obama have say all that? Did he have to say, "which gives you the option of voting for somebody else."
AAPP: I wonder why Barack went there on the brothers? why did he have to give the riot act on voting to the brothers? Was Jesse Jackson right, but just said it the wrong way? Is Barack having issues with black men, or is it a tight rope he is walking on? Candidly, i don't think he needed to go there on the brothers.
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