Another Round of Obama Grading Begins by the Black Literati
Usually on the anniversary of a President taking office and close to any election major news outlets, blogs, and pretty much anyone with an opinion offers their critique of “how the President’s doing.”
Given our first African American president, this critique gets distilled down even further among the black literati. And while the questions may be different, …the answers always seem to force the need for him to defend his blackness and credibility, an asinine exercise we’re all too familiar with.
At this year’s Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, black scholars had their say on whether President Obama is black enough. As the Washington Post reports:
Political scientist Ron Daniels formed the Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission in late 2008 as a mechanism for black leaders to hold the nation’s first black president accountable. Eventually, the group hopes to issue a report card that grades the administration on how well it is doing in closing racial disparities.
The commission is named after the first African American woman elected to Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic nomination for president.
It wasn’t formed in reaction to Obama, Daniels said. But members intend to address a growing debate within the nation’s black communities over whether African American leaders should demand more from Obama on specific issues.
“The subtext is that there seems to be some hesitancy – to put it mildly – on the part of the Obama administration to overtly address issues of race,” Daniels said. “There is talk about a rising tide lifts all boats. But if there is unevenness in terms of how the boats are situated, then maybe you should look at that instead of some across the board notion.”
Eventually, the Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission hopes to issue a report card that grades the Obama Administration on how well it is doing in closing racial disparities.
Can’t wait to see what grade President Obama gets.