Our President Is Scamming Black America
Perhaps one of the most tragic schemes designed to extract money and steal trust is known as the “affinity scam.”
It happens in churches, synagogues and garden clubs. It is when one of “your own” says, “You can trust me, I’m a good (Christian, Jew, horticulturist, fill in the blank).” The commonality between a thief and his “mark” can lull even a generally cynical person into becoming vulnerable to a stalker.
And that is the reality for the African-American community and Barack Obama.
There is little doubt that for much of its history America has been unkind to persons of color. My memory is not so senior that it fails to remember signs that said “White Only” on the water fountain in what used to be called Moore County Hospital.
Even today, a close look at the Southern Pines train station reveals original architecture with two waiting rooms and a ticket office in the middle. A historical study of the outside stairway to the Sunrise Theater would reveal the building’s original design for a direct entrance to the balcony, where blacks were seated.
I still remember the restaurant beside the Sunrise in the space where a park now sits. As they entered the movie theater, black children could see the writing above an exterior window, “Colored Ring Bell for Service.”
So is it any wonder why African-Americans voted almost unanimously for a president whose grandmother, just like theirs, could not even order a hamburger from inside a bad café or sit with a white child waiting for a train? That part I understand.
This is the part I do not understand: Three years after Barack Obama robbed his “brothers and sisters” of their jobs and dignity, why do they still support him?
African-American unemployment remains at 13.6 percent. But black adult teen unemployment is 36.5 percent. Currently, blacks constitute 39 percent of those in prison while comprising only about 13.3 percent of overall population.
In other words, even with a black president, African-Americans cannot find jobs and turn to crime at alarming rates relative to their overall population. Barack Obama has sold the black community a racial affinity scam, which they continue to “buy.” The latest example of the scam on black America is the immigration amnesty just announced for young Hispanics.
In a job market where more than one-third of African-American adult teens cannot find a job and where many wind up jailed, Obama decided to flood that market with unskilled, entry level job seekers who directly compete with unemployed African-Americans. The result will clearly be fewer black workers being hired and more frustrated job seekers turning to crime. It is as if Obama simply planned to “take the suckers’ money” and use it against them.
When faced with the economic downturn at the start of his presidency, Barack Obama could have concentrated on job formation and the plight of America’s underclass. Instead, he bailed out banks, gave billions to Fannie Mae, and shored up government unions.
He concentrated on food stamp expansion instead of the jobs that might make food stamps unnecessary. In other words, for both rich bankers and poor ditch diggers, Obama expanded the dependency of the dole instead of the jobs that make the dole unnecessary.
Barack Obama was always an unlikely hero for black America. He did not grow up in an inner city. He was not the product of the Old South. At best, he was born in Hawaii and raised in Indonesia. He knew little of the suffering of most African-American families.
He had no similarity to most black Americans in the content of his character. His only similarity was identity with the color of their skin. And that affinity is the basis of the scam in which African-Americans find themselves trapped.
Our Republican National Committeewoman, a Jewish African-American representing North Carolina, Dr. Aida Fisher, reminded us all at our latest state convention that this a trap from which the Republican Party will help persons of color escape. Every African-American ought to leave the Party of Welfare and join Lincoln’s Party of American Jobs for American Citizens.
These are jobs with the respect and dignity African-Americans have earned. These are persons the Republican Party will not take for granted.
Robert M. Levy is chairman of the Moore County Republican party. Contact him at Law52@prodigy.net.
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