President Should Focus on Jobs, Not Races
August 5, 2013
The president recently spoke to the nation with concern about how the black citizens of our country suffer the scrutiny of society. He stated that he could have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago. How he has witnessed in his lifetime car doors being locked when he walked down the street. How he was watched when he entered a store and how we as a nation have far to go to bring up the spirits of young black men.
As he spoke, I wondered why he didn’t also project a spirit of hope to those young black citizens as he himself overcame such obstacles as well as his Attorney General Eric Holder, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell and countless other African-American men and woman have. He lost an opportunity to show true leadership by not addressing how far this nation has come. Being silent on our advances does all of us collectively a disservice as it flames the fires and gives credibility toward an emotional reaction to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin verdict.
Listen to black radio and you will become aware of the many callers who believe a revolution is a necessary step toward equality. Callers believe that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of peace was only heard because of the threat of revolution. I’m apprehensive that the president, unnecessarily, has blessed the stage for racial unrest. I am disgusted with and his message. The president should concentrate on creating jobs, developing skill training opportunities and refocusing on all Americans working together on strengthening our economy and our communities.