Just last week I highlighted the negative reaction some residents of Detroit had to Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West’s Poverty Tour. The tour as I explained, sought to highlight the struggles people are facing in this economy; and as stated, Detroit should be the last city in the country against anyone seeking to chronicle their pain. But of course Detroit protesters of the Poverty Tour wouldn’t agree with me. As a matter of fact, to this day, I’m sure they would still contend that is was an anti-Obama campaign; and, was never intended to have their best interest in mind.
Fast-forward a week later and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) who has been on a poverty tour of sorts within the last week., pulls into town. Taking a break from their own “jobs tour” as they traversed the country bringing together employers with job seekers, they held a town hall meeting in Detroit last night, and was met by a very different crowd. A crowd who answered the call for the CBC to be “unleashed” on president Obama. Who in the CBC’s opinion, has ignored the plight of jobless urban communities, only to take his bus tour to rural America.
Sparks flew Tuesday during the Congressional Black Caucus “For the People Jobs Tour” town hall in Detroit, MI, as black caucus members told the mostly black audience to “unleash” them to confront President Barack Obama on the issue of jobs.
During the sometimes heated town hall, peoples’ frustration over their economic conditions overwhelmed decorum and order.
California Rep. Maxine Waters expressed her and other Black Caucus members’ dilemma of having to walk a line. As representatives from communities that have had great love for President Barack Obama, it can be anywhere from difficult to impossible for Waters and the other members to be as critical of the president as she wanted to be.
“We don’t put pressure on the president,” said Waters. “Let me tell you why. We don’t put pressure on the president because ya’ll love the president. You love the president. You’re very proud…to have a black man [in the White House] …First time in the history of the United States of America. If we go after the president too hard, you’re going after us.”
I’ve written much about Black America’s love affair with president Obama, his wife, and his beautiful children. And as I’ve pointed out in the past, there’s nothing wrong doing so. After all, it’s not like he isn’t the first Black man to hold the highest political office in the land; and if you ask me, he might be the last. However, the way I see it, there’s quite a bit of that battered wife syndrome going around. Many of us in defense of the president are in many ways like the woman who says,”he beats me because he loves me.” A ridiculous justification for domestic violence we can all agree. But this is what I see in response to some of the legitimate critiques of president Obama. It’s really sad, and it must stop. Hell, if white America holds him to certain expectations, who are we as Black people not to? Shit, we ain’t asking him to make sure there’s a Bentley parked in the driveway of every Black household. Hello? Like er’body, we just want jobs’ or at least to feel like we’re gonna get one any day now. If wealthy people can get tax cuts, is it too much for a Negro to ask for a job?
As Michael Arcenaeux recently pointed out over at The Trrot: he’s not your boyfriend, he’s your president. There’s a big difference; but, I suppose discernment for those who are known to give of the booty or dick all free and willy nilly, this might be a problem. Well I don’t know about you, but when I vote for someone, much like when I decided to say “I do” to my wife, I do expect to hold her to a standard, with expectations. Now I’m not telling you to divorce Barack Obama. I am however telling you, much like the CBC, to stop allowing your husband, wife, or lover to spend his and your hard earned money on that other bitch from up the block while you sit at home cooking, cleaning, and washing his draws. I don’t know about you, but I bet Michelle Obama ain’t going for that mess.