Maxine Waters Ask Blacks for Permission to Attack Obama
August 19, 2011 5:35am CST
Leading African-American congresswoman Maxine Waters renewed her assault on President Barack Obama on Thursday, a day after admitting that black Democrats in Congress don’t criticize him because they fear a backlash from constituents. The California Democrat’s comments are the first sign of a rift between Obama and his most steadfast supporters, and were quickly picked up by radio host Rush Limbaugh who called Obama’s Mid-West trip the “white-like-me tour.” “Obama does not seem to want to hang around with them,” Limbaugh said, referring to African Americans. “Obama does not seem to want to do anything for them The Democrat hit the airwaves a day after asking black voters in Detroit to “unleash” her and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) so they could feel free to attack Obama’s policies. Calling it “the reality of politics,” the California congresswoman said, “If we go after the president, you’re going after us. “We want to give the president every opportunity to show what he can do or what he’s prepared to lead on… but our people are hurting.” On Thursday, Waters contrasted the African American unemployment rate of 15.9 percent – which she said was the highest since the Great Depression – with the overall rate for the country of 9.1 percent. “It’s unconscionable,” she said. http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/maxine-water-obama-blacks/2011/08/18/id/407861?s=al&promo_code=CDEE-1 It seems that our government is operating on a strictly racist basis. We have to ask permission from one race to govern what is corrent for our country. We have already seen what making decisions based solely on race and not experience has done to our country with electing Obama as our president. There were other qualified black politicians who would have been a better choice. Now our elected official are afraid of governing based on what our country needs instead they back off because of upsetting other blacks. I think this is shameful and it seems the 2012 presidential campaign will again be a campaign of race. What is your opinion?
4 people like this
• United States
19 Aug 11
America was, is, and probably always will be racist. It really is sick! In many countries, we cannot even use the word "black" as it is a derogatory, discriminatory term. Americans themselves (not the politicians) must rise up to end this racism once and forever!
• Marion, Kansas
20 Aug 11
You always have such informative posts. People are hurting, and no one should have to ask permission to stand up for what is right. If that involves pointing out what, or who is wrong, it is still okay. I certainly hope there is more addressed in the next election than race and religion.
• Boise, Idaho
20 Aug 11
I remember how Oprah and all the blacks thought his presidency was so wonderful. WOnder how they feel now?! People had their rose colored glasses on when it came to him. No other person could be put in his place at that time. I hope that people have learned from Obama's predicency and won't vote that way again.
20 Aug 11
I am afraid that many blacks will vote for Obama just because he is part black and supposedly understands them even if the economy goes to ruins. And many whites will vote for him because they do not want to appear racist. It is wrong to base politics on race or ethnicity because then people forget what the policies are and just look ast the color of the skin and the different racial features. One should not ask for permission to say negative things about Obama but I can understand that congresswoman Waters knows about the various riots.such as happened in the Watts area in Los Angeles after the Rodney King incident. She knows how the black people would react. I wish she did not have to ask permission. I wish she would come out and say just as the Republicans who are black woud, that Obama is wrong for the country. Maybe this should be a matter of blacks forgetting that this is no longer the mid 19th century. ;
20 Aug 11
I dread that Obama will be re=elected and by those who think that they are still being oppressed. I also hope that this desire for a strong man of their own race is not built into the black genetics, but when we read what happens in Haiti,Zimbabwe, and Ghana formerly, one wonders if this is true. I hope not. I can understand religion being a reason to elect a candidate because that has to do with morals, but race, not a good excuse. Hmmn maybe if I had been living in the States instead of Canada, I would only vote if the candidate were German English Austrian Welsh descent. Same reason.
• United States
21 Aug 11
Actually, I think the 2012 campaign will be about "fear". Even though I voted against Obama in 2008 and I really do not approve (overall) of what he has been doing since elected; with the current "crop" of Republicans that is crawling out of the woodwork, I am more afraid of voting for these fanatics than I am of having Obama in charge for 4 more years. From what I have been hearing this is true of a lot of other anti-Obama people. Unless we get someone that is a better choice than what we have been seeing, we will be forced to support Obama in 2012.
• United States
19 Aug 11
This is such a non-story in a perfect world that it makes me sick that I have to lower myself to their level just to understand the dang story! All I hear is somebody doesn't like Obama and somebody else does and they need permission from somebody else to criticize him? Why are we still having these discussions in the 21st Century? It seems to be an indicator that Racism is rampant, STILL, in too many people, mainstream people. I don't know were the line is, but people with darker skin than "x" are still treated as a seperate and not quite equal group within society, and likely because of it, those treated that way are wary of the ones with skin lighter than "x". For every person on either side of "x", a completely aritrary point, who doesn't care about the manufactured distance created between the two sides, there seems to be 3 or 4 that have never forgotten some injustice caused by this "Race War". It was 1967-8 when Star Trek aired the episode where a people were violently divided just over which had white on the right side of their head versus the left side. It was meant as a comment on the silliness of America's problem in "race" relations. This means at least someone knew how ridiculous the divide between "black" and "white" in the real world was wayback then. Over 40 years later the same stupidity exists. My only suggestion is to use the power of words. While I don't like the concept of political correctness in daily conversation, I do know the power that words have and how using them can influence society. So to help rid the world of an evil, I am prepared to embrace a definitional change: The word "race" must never be used to represent a portion of the human race. Humans are a different race from us rats. Humans are a different race from baboons, which one would think obvious, yet EVERYONE seems to think skin color, nose size, eye shape or some other feature makes it okay to divide the human race into 4 or 5 "races". The acceptance of this is so widespread that it appears on almost every application, government or otherwise, albeit as an optional fact finding part, but it is there in black & white, so to speak, for everyone to see and remind everyone that they are different. Once people are indoctrinated with this concept of seperate "races" within humanity it is a tiny step for so many to see a different division as as different as man to monkey, a prospect that should remind us of the horrible notion that the slaves brought over from Africa were more like monkeys than men and were therefore thought to be better off as the slaves of the "White Man". And there still exists that insanity of thought in America and probably elsewhere. I hear this still spoken aloud even in communities I visit, not just in the South, but often flying the Southern Cross as a subtle hint to others of like mind. (I'm not saying everyone flying that flag does so for this reason, many are just proud of the South in standing up to the Federal government, but it does make a slightly more acceptable visual display than a swastika or a KKK robe.) The UN actually already tried to change the terminology way back in 1950 by declaring humans of "one race". The divisions within were only those of cultural identity and "ethnicity", both determined by choices and community instead of physical differences. Of course this has been a slow and strange transistion in the scientific community since "ethnicities" seem to break along clear lines of physical traits. A thousand years from now the ease of travel now available to humanity might slowly breed out these physical differences but culture differences will likely persist, leaving culture to be a better designation anyway in the long run. Not all rats are created equal. I am infinitely superior to a Kangaroo Rat, but in this I am supported by the fact we are not even the same Family, let alone Genus. Humans shouldn't live with the divisive thoughts that "race" now indicates. Failure to change your thinking in these matters is likely to bring an unexpected consequence: We rats will have to rise up and rule the world! Maybe you'll even enjoy it. But don't worry, we won't judge you by the color of your skin when we have you working in the slave pits. All human slaves are created equal. And if you don't fear us, at least worry about an alien race doing the same thing. After thousands of years of fighting one another, maybe you humans are proving how inferior you are! For shame! -The "Future Dictator" Rat
• United States
19 Aug 11
Excellent response! Thank you! When I first arrived in the USA 34 years ago it was my first exposure to racial problems..... to say I was shocked is an understatement. Growing up in Scotland I never ever saw a black person until I was about 10 years old and US Navy Fleet came to town and there were black sailors walking around and they were very kind to gawking lads and lassies even gave us some chewing gum. Travelling through Europe with my ex-husbands band we met many American musicians and artists (I even had a friendship with Diana Ross and the Supremes) and there was absolutely no racial problems ot tension mentions. In the USA it was very different but I still never got caught up in the race problems here in the south and I raised my daughter the same and we do not have any type of racial prejudice. I even have 3 biracial great grandsons. However I have been called a racist so many times if I say one detrimental word about Obama. I think he is the worst president ever and it has nothing to do with his skin color. I think he should be called "Obama the Destroyer". By the way I just got a new kitten last week and he is already terrorizing my 3 chihuahuas perhaps he will protect me from the wrath of the rats?.
• United States
19 Aug 11
First and foremost, the idea that anyone has to help someone over someone else due to skin tone is the real racism in the world. The "what about us" line is overplayed and is beginning to fall on deaf ears, even with a liberal president, it seems. My opinion is that Obama realizes it's a lose-lose situation. He obviously has supporters of all races and groups. As we've seen with other politicians and their policies, playing specifically to one minority or one community either makes you an eventual demon or forever under the their thumb. Because useless, blood-sucking tools like Waters prey on poor communities and position themselves between the golden goose and the suffering, the loud, soap-box-standing advocates always drive nice cars, live in nice homes and demand more, while the more that flows in never, ever seems to make a difference in the poverty line. If anything, it only increases the suffering long-term. It's just a scam. The only thing keeping everybody from saying so is the victim angle of it. Real people are really suffering. But we mustn't imply there's anything awry in the black community, lest we're all racists like the first response claims. Boneheads. Obama needs the votes, but he's banking on the fact that he'll still get the votes and won't have to dirty his hands in funneling more money to the people he knows firsthand will waste it and leave the stink of failure on his French-collared blue shirt while leaving part of his political soul in the hands of crooks to be trampled on when they once again rally for more to be done. Total lose-lose. Race in politics has made racism utterly laughable. The latest example I can't stop laughing at: Mr. Ethical Chuck 'E' Cheat Rangel comes down on West for saying "plantation," while Rangel claims that working for a living and earning minimum wage is one step away from slavery. But since Rangel claims to be authentic black, that's okay. You can't make this stuff up if you tried. The people crying the loudest for something to be done for specific communities are the people who never have to worry about another paycheck again. They only have to worry about votes. The people actually living in these communities just want something to be done. They don't want something to be done because they're "black." They want something to be done because they're suffering. It's the advocates who make it about race, and it's the advocates who are lining their pockets and leaving the country embittered by doing so.