The NAACP, in its 103rd year, has consistently grown over the past three years and continues to be relentless in its quest for equality and fulfillment of America’s promises of freedom.
That is the NAACP described by its President/CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, who upon the birth of his first son, July 4, indicated that he has intensified his commitment to racial justice for the future of all children.
Now that the Affordable Health Care Act has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court – a major win for President Barack Obama – other key issues of importance to Black voters must also be espoused by the Obama campaign say members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
In some national polls, President Obama is slightly ahead of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. In others, they are neck-in-neck. With African-American voters as a dominant base of the Democratic vote, many predict Blacks will once again be a major deciding factor in who wins the race. In recent interviews, CBC members listed numerous issues that would incite African-Americans to the polls.
As the nation eagerly awaited the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, all eyes were focused on Anthony M. Kennedy, a staunch conservative who occasionally supplies the lone swing vote that tilts the court’s narrow 5-4 rulings in one direction or the other.
But this time, to the surprise of arch-conservatives who had championed his cause, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. sided with the liberal bloc on the Supreme Court, giving President Obama an unexpected clear victory in his signature legislative accomplishment.
"The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday upholding the constitutionality of the historic Affordable Care Act is not only a victory for President Obama, but a major win for all Americans, especially African Americans and other people of color. The uninsured rate for Blacks is 28.8 percent and 30.7 percent for Latinos, compared to only 11.7 percent for Whites.
Many of us had never heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council until it was associated with the Trayvon Martin tragic murder in Florida. Little did we know food we eat, cars we buy, banks where we deposit our funds, equipment we use from companies and others we patronize, were members of ALEC—the Council we now know as the leading organization working with the National Rifle Association in supporting the horrendous Stand Your Ground laws that are popping up in many states.
The story of American democracy has been the expansion of voting rights to more and more citizens. Yet now, conservatives linked to the Republican Party are systematically seeking to constrict the vote.
Just before the politics of a presidential election year turns scorching hot, it may help to study observations from two influential African American politicians of a past era – former representatives William L. Dawson of Illinois and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. of New York.
Most Say President’s Position Won’t Hurt Him With Black Voters
– President Barack Obama’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage for gay and lesbian couples has sparked heated debate among Black leaders. Though some predict his position will not erode Black support for him at the polls, others say they’re not so sure.
“We’d make a mistake to be a one-issue people. That would be a tremendous mistake,” said the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., who agrees with President Obama on the issue. “Equality is indivisible. We live under the law whether it’s equality of races or gender or religion, we live under the law.”
In an historic decision, a North Carolina judge has reduced an inmate’s death sentence to life without the possibility of parole because the prosecutor deliberately excluded Black potential jurors during the jury-selection phase of the inmate’s trial.
Judge Gregory A. Weeks, of Cumberland County Superior Court, said in his April 20 decision that race played a “persistent, pervasive and distorting role’’ in the selection of the jury that in 1994 convicted Marcus Robinson, who is African-American, of murder and that it was clear “prosecutors have intentionally discriminated’’ against defendants in capital murder trials across the state by purposely limiting the number of blacks chosen to serve on juries.
Now that former Senator Rick Santorum has withdrawn from the Republican race for president, it is a foregone conclusion that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. To be sure, he still has to deal with the nuisance factor of Newt Gingrich, whose lack of money has not only torpedoed his campaign, but also one of his “think” tanks. Maybe Gingrich can find work, as he suggested that inner city youth do, by taking on some janitorial tasks. So it’s down to Romney and President Obama as opponents in November. The entertainment is over. Let’s get down to business.