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A Disproportionate Response

One of the things I have consistently defended President Obama on is his reluctance to become a “president for black Americans.” I’ve admired, even in disagreement, his desire to be a leader for everyone and not to take part in the “is he doing enough for black America?” argument.

But with an election coming up, and his approval among the African American community “slipping” from above 90% to…85%, I guess it was time to become “the black president.”

So, what do we get? A website called “Winning the Future: President Obama and the African American Community.” What started as a website touting the accomplishments of black Americans during Black History Month is now, essentially, a campaign site.

Now, don’t get me wrong-I have no problem with Obama campaigning. He is a politician; that’s what we do. The next election is always tomorrow.

But using the White House site for that? That’s where I get off the train.

I’m not aware of (and, in full disclosure, am not aware of how to look, because the site is scrubbed whenever a new president takes office) of any president highlighting his agenda with regards to a specific segment of the population. Spanish language versions of the White House site? No problem; there’s at least 35 million Spanish speakers in the United States. That makes sense, on multiple levels.

And what taxpayer-funded position is maintaining this?

The White House site is like the presidency itself…for all Americans. If you want to highlight your achievements to specific communities, do that on your campaign site. That’s the whole point and purpose of having a campaign site.

Last year-ironically enough, a little over a year ago-I said this in defense of the president:

The “black agenda” is the American agenda. We’re all hurting today, and while things are looking up, we’re all going to continue to hurt for a while. To single out one group for a “disproportionate” federal response neglects the needs of others whose situations are no less important-and in many ways, no less dire.

That applies to the White House website as well.


Written by Coby Dillard

April 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

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