Six Issues on Obama's Black Agenda

Much has been debated about whether or not President Barack Obama should advance policies exclusively for African-Americans. Tavis Smiley and Cornel West regularly criticize him for failing to champion a "Black" agenda, while members of the Congressional Black Caucus have pushed him to get more specific about addressing the nation's most troubled communities. And with Obama-backed gains for gay and lesbian voters (hospital visitation rights and hate crime legislation), as well as Latinos (Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and at least a commitment to pursue comprehensive immigration reform), some African-Americans are wondering: Hey, what about us? So what's on President Obama's Black agenda? White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett outlined six meaningful items--either on-the-books laws, or pending in Congress--that matter to us.


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