Niagara Gazette

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September 6, 2013

HAMILTON: Obama's Syrian effect on local black politicians

Niagara Gazette — Has President Barack Obama’s specific lack of effect on black America produced anything generally positive for local black people?

Politically, I’d say yes, but it may not be as he intended.

Five years after the feel good words of candidate Obama’s promises, his failures of hope and change, and with most of black America still waiting for that unspecified change to become more than just no-cost cellphones, more and more blacks are saying to me that if Obama ran again, though he cannot, they would not even vote for him.

Many of the nation’s representatives in Washington are also starting to get that uneasy feeling about the president. As a result, local representatives at the state, county and city levels should also be feeling a bit uneasy about their own re-election prospects.

Reliable sources are reporting that Democratic Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of Ohio, head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), is urging her group to remain silent on the president’s intention to bomb the sovereign nation of Syria. The president likely needs the CBC’s 40 faithful votes to a resolution for him to do so.

But it is clear that many of Fudge’s members, if not all, are as war weary as most other Americans, and are against more such Bush-like adventures into the Middle East. With the CBC wanting to speak out against such policies, they may be reflecting the political, non-racial views of their constituents far better now than they have ever done so in many years.

After five years, black Americans are realizing that we have received less than other groups from whom we considered the first real black president. Many of those black Americans — after having had their dream of a black president fulfilled, have now awakened to the nightmare of realizing that their local black officials have also done little to nothing at all for them; and they have been around a lot longer.

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