Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Huffington Post, 8/2/11
In quick succession, two brightly lit danger signs burst on President Obama's re-election road. The first was the recent Washington Post/ABC poll that found that there are nearly as many African Americans who say that they are displeased with Obama's performance as those who say that they approve. The prime reason for the discontent is jobs, or the lack thereof, in black communities. The jobless rate has hit crisis levels in many inner-city communities, and the perception is that the president simply isn't saying and doing enough to combat the crisis. The criticism is not fair, given the absolute refusal of Congressional Republicans and more than a few Democrats to kick out another penny for job stimulus and training programs, and given the crushing burden of having to beat back every effort by the same forces determined to hack, slash and vaporize any spending on education and infrastructure. Nonetheless, the perception is still that Obama hasn't done enough on the black jobs front. And that hurts.