|We could have been on Mars...|
Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, broke with protocol and delivered a campaign-style speech to the National Association of Black Journalists in New Orleans Saturday night as the association's annual awards banquet got underway.
Jarrett ticked off what she considered the Obama administration's accomplishments and said, "We need journalists who will make people think, who will connect the dots, look past the distractions."
At such occasions, speakers traditionally wish the organization well and speak to an issue of journalism. Veterans said they found the remarks inappropriate.
Some rolled their eyes. "Why not just send a [campaign] video?" one said. "That was out of line," said another afterward.
NABJ President Gregory H. Lee Jr. and Executive Director Maurice Foster each said they did not know what Jarrett was going to say.
However, Foster added that Jarrett "has been a good supporter of NABJ. . . . She's always lent herself to project the image of NABJ in a positive light and the good things that we do. Her connection with us and her family connection to the organization is something to be appreciated." Jarrett is the divorced daughter-in-law of the late Vernon Jarrett, a legendary Chicago journalist and an NABJ founder.
On Saturday afternoon, Jarrett spoke with members of the Trotter Group of African American columnists and with regional reporters, and again outlined what she considered the Obama administration's successes, among them funding for historically black colleges and universities; health care reform, which she said will disproportionately help African Americans; and reducing disparities between penalties for possession of crack and for powdered cocaine.
Jarrett acknowledged, however, that "the unemployment rate is far too high in the black community" and that it was "fair criticism" to say the administration had not done a good enough job of selling its health care plan.In a real country, universal healthcare wouldn't be up for debate. Nor would having a colony on Mars. In Black-Run America (BRA), funding HBCU's - take a look at the graduation rates of these "institutions" - and employing-unemployable-in-the-private-sector Black people via public/government jobs is a much greater mandate.
What was it Lawrence Auster wrote about what Blacks contribute to civilization?:
Did you know this? I didn’t. I just came upon it in Wikipedia’s article on Ralph Abernathy, Martin Luther King’s successor as the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference:
"On the eve of the Apollo 11 launch, July 15, 1969, Abernathy arrived at Cape Canaveral with several hundred members of the poor people to protest spending of government space exploration, while many Americans remained poor. He was met by Thomas O. Paine, the Administrator of NASA, whom he told that in the face of such suffering, space flight represented an inhuman priority and funds should be spent instead to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked, tend the sick, and house the homeless.” Mr. Paine told Abernathy that the advances in space exploration were child’s play compared to the tremendously difficult human problems of society, and told him that “if we could solve the problems of poverty by not pushing the button to launch men to the moon tomorrow, then we would not push that button.” On the day of the launch, Dr. Abernathy led a small group of protesters to the restricted guest viewing area of the space center and chanted, “We are not astronauts, but we are people.”
So there you have it. One of the greatest achievements in history, the first manned flight to the moon, and the most prestigious black civil rights organization, the SCLC, wanted it not to take place, because they thought the money it cost could be better spent on transfer payments to blacks. And that is all that blacks as an organized community have to contribute to our civilization: endless complaints about white injustice to blacks, and endless demands for the wealth and goods that white people have produced, and that blacks are incapable of producing. Plus a third “contribution” not brought out in this incident: endless threats of violence and riots if the blacks don’t get their way.
The black blackmail and dragging down of white civilization will continue, until whites stand up, name it for what it is, and say, “No more.”
White America owes Black America nothing. Not even health care. Just look at how Black people have treated Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, a virtual free clinic for Black people provided by the white tax payers of Fulton County.
Grady is but a microcosm of the problem Obamacare will unleash on the nation.
And Valerie Jarrett brags about it to the NABJ.
And those members of the NABJ at Newsone.com then brag about Obamacare being upheld as Constitutional and what it means for Black people (What Obama’s Health Care Means For African Americans, Lynette Holloway, June 28, 2012):
Civil rights leaders and lawmakers on Thursday applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law, which upheld the centerpiece of the measure that requires all people to have health insurance.Freedom failed. Never forget that.
“This is manna from heaven,” U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) told NewsOne shortly after President Obama’s noontime news conference about the ruling. “I couldn’t be more delighted because this is going to make sure that 32-million people who did not have access to health insurance will now have it. While I’m in favor of a national health plan, this is a little short of that. It will go a long way toward improving the quality of life for million so of Americans. ”
“I’ve been working on health care reform since the 1970s and this is a hallmark piece of legislation for African Americans and all Americans,” Davis said. “The one thing that we may see a reduction for is in Medicaid. There’s just less money there than we had hoped for, but overall we are pleased with the ruling.”
In a prepared statement, NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock called the ruling “crucial”:
The Supreme Court made a crucial decision today to uphold the core provisions of the Affordable Care Act,” Brock stated in the release. The NAACP has long supported the full and complete implementation of this law. Access to quality, affordable health care is a civil and human right that should not be reserved for the wealthy or the few. The 32-million American men, women, and children covered under this law can now breathe easier.”In a prepared statement, U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) called the decision a victory for America:
When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Rangel said, we accomplished something that couldn’t be achieved since 1912. I will continue to work with my Democratic Colleagues to defend President Barack Obama’s landmark legislation and fight against Republican attempts to dismantle it. In the meantime, it’s time to focus on spurring economic growth and getting Americans back to work.