Friday, March 5, 2010

Black Activists Now See That "Obama Being Elected" In And Of Itself Was Not "The Promised Land"

Black Activists Visit The White House - Don't Throw Rocks As They Did 5 Years Ago

But not this time. As much as Barack Obama's presidency has stirred anger on the right, it has brought a new patience to activists on the left. Black leaders still want the nation's first black president to pay attention to black issues, but they don't want to be perceived as getting in his way.

Few outside of black-oriented media noted the three black men who trudged into the White House through blizzardlike wind and snow to meet with President Obama in mid-February. Sharpton, Marc Morial, president the National Urban League, and Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, met with Obama for an about hour to talk about black unemployment throughout the country.

“We're not looking for race-based programs,” Sharpton said afterward. “But, like the president, we want to make sure that everyone is included.”