Saturday, February 27, 2010

So...You Were Saying Something About a "Black Agenda"???

Yesterday, February 26, 2010, President Obama signed an Executive Order specifically aimed at supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) after he chronicled their history and defended their continuing relevance in America.  This gesture is particularly poignant as it comes on the heels of a highly contested debate (see Tavis Smiley vs. Al Sharpton) that has been unfolding recently within the Black Community regarding Obama's focus, or lack thereof, on a "Black Agenda."  This action tends to contradict those in the "Tavis" camp who feel that the President has either done "nothing" or "not enough" with respect to programs and initiatives that are specifically aimed at the Black Community.  See the White House video below:

Questions: Even after this recent development, will critics within the Black Community maintain that Obama has done "nothing" to help the Black Community?  If so, why?  Is this event not proof positive that Obama, in fact, does care about the Black Community?  In addition to the clear support towards HBCU's signaled by this Executive Order, what else does Obama need to do for the Black Community to win over the hearts of critics?
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