Black America shouldn’t give Obama a pass

Gays didn’t pretend to be happy. Neither did white women or Hispanics. They pressured Obama into addressing their concerns.

“Other identity groups are looking strong because their membership is more easily mobilized,” said Andra Gillespie, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta. “Our civil rights organizations are not nearly as strong as they used to be. They need to be rebuilt and grown to the point that meaningful political pressure can be applied.”

Said Johnson, “Many black people feel that it would be a betrayal if we tried to push Obama to do more than the system would allow him to do.”

But how does anybody know what the system will allow unless it is tested?[Read more]