Thursday, September 30, 2010

Duchess Harris: President Obama’s Report Card

President Obama’s report card

by Duchess Harris

On Friday September 17, The Washington Post reported that “Black Scholars [were] to debate how to hold Obama ‘accountable.’ I was fortunate enough to be one of several Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commissioners to engage in this dialogue at the 40th Legislative Annual Congressional Black Caucus Conference.

To give some background, in 2008 at its State of the Black World Conference in New Orleans, the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) announced a new initiative: the Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission (SCPAC), named in honor of the first black woman elected to Congress and the first black woman to seek the Democratic nomination for president.

Richard Adams, Chairman of the Board of IBW and Convener of the Commission said:

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1 comment:

Constructive Feedback said...

Duchess Harris:

Do you think that the framework by which President Obama is evaluated with regards to the interests of the Black community while the group fails to make note that this presidential influence is accompanied by a total domination of this same political machine over every Black community?

My point is that it appears to be problematic to focus on Obama (and, NO DOUBT, his Republican opposition within the Congress - and the Tea Party) while failing to make note that the ascension of Obama is in truth the ascension of PROGRESSIVISM, through the ranks of the Black community, into the city, counties and states where Black people live in our highest concentrations.

How can you inspect Obama without also putting the entire Progressive movement on trial - inspecting it for the present conditions of the Black community?