‘I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election,” a particularly hopped-up-looking President Obama shouted to the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday night. “You wanna gimme a good sendoff? Go vote!”
First, just imagine the national burning and looting that would erupt, starting inside America’s newsrooms, if Donald J. Trump said he would consider it a “personal insult” if white people did not vote for him.
Obama speaks about black people as if we were his servants, and he our master.
Black people owe Obama nothing. Au contraire, he owes black people plenty. Black voters turned out and backed him by 95 percent in 2008, according to the Roper Center. And then, in 2012, black support plunged — all the way down to 93 percent.
Obama’s economic performance among black Americans has been highly mixed, at best, with recent bright spots overshadowed by years of abundant bad news. Since he became president, according to the latest-available data, here is how black Americans have fared on selected economic indicators:
Obama’s economic performance among black Americans has been highly mixed, at best.
Unemployment rate: Down 36.2 percent
Labor-force-participation rate: Down 2.1 percent
Proportion below the poverty line: Down 6.6 percent
Real median household income: Up 2.5 percent
Food Stamp participants: Up 58.2 percent
Home ownership: Down 9.5 percent
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Perhaps worst of all was Obama’s attack on the Washington, D.C., school-voucher program. He has worked tirelessly to defund one of the few glimmers of hope available to overwhelmingly black students in America’s simultaneously most expensive and worst-performing school district. Meanwhile, to their tremendous advantage, Obama sends his daughters to Sidwell Friends, Washington’s most elite, exclusive, and expensive private school.
Rather than fresh insults, what Obama owes black Americans is an apology.
— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online.