Has Black America benefited from eight years of Barack Obama? It depends on who you ask.
In a Dec. 22, 2016 article in The Atlantic magazine entitled, “How Barack Obama Failed Black Americans,” William A. Darity Jr. wrote about his “deep reservations” about Obama’s leadership.
“I worried that it was possible for the symbolic and inspirational aspects of having a Black president would be more than offset by the damages that could be done by the messages delivered by a Black president. And it has been damaging to have Barack Obama, a Black man speaking from the authoritative platform of the presidency, reinforce the widely-held belief that racial inequality in the United States is, in large measure, the direct responsibility of Black folk.
“This has been the deal breaker for me: not merely a silence on White physical and emotional violence directed against Black Americans, but the denial of the centrality of American racism in explaining sustained Black-White disparity.”
Darity is a professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University.
Calling Obama’s policy initiatives “timid,” Darity wrote that “Obama’s general position is racial equality can be achieved – or at least approached – via policies that uplift all Americans experiencing poverty and deprivation…But these particular programs – all, even in their diluted forms likely to be under assault under the new regime – are incremental and display no boldness of spirit.”
The Obama administration never gave serious consideration to aggressive transformative universal policies, according to Darity.
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