Obama Rejects Call to Address Black Unemployment
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President Obama said today it would be wrong for him to narrowly focus on the troubles blacks face in the recession, rejecting criticism from the Congressional Black Caucus that the government was ignoring the economic plight of minorities.
“I will tell you that I think the most important thing I can do for the African-American community is the same thing I can do for the American community, period, and that is get the economy going again and get people hiring again,” the president told Richard Wolf of USA TODAY and Justin Hyde of the Detroit Free Press in an exclusive joint interview.
On Wednesday, 10 members of the black caucus — of which Obama was a member when he was a U.S. senator from Illinois — boycotted a key House committee vote on financial reform. The group said it would push harder for Congress and the White House to tackle problems including an unemployment rate for blacks of 15.7%, higher than the national rate of 10.2%
“We can no longer afford for our public policy to be defined by the worldview of Wall Street,” members of the caucus said in a statement Wednesday. “Policy for the least of these must be integrated into everything that we do.”
Obama said in today’s interview, held ahead of this afternoon’s White House summit on job creation, that he agreed with some of the goals the CBC had outlined such as making sure black-owned small businesses had access to credit. But he stressed that he needed to keep a broader view.
“I think it’s a mistake to start thinking in terms of particular ethnic segments of the United States rather than to think that we are all in this together and we are all going to get out of fthis together,” he said.
If a White President made the exact same statement shown in the video above, what would be reaction in the Black Community??