If President Barack Obama is looking for positive feedback on his 2014 State of the Union address, Chicago is not the place to go, as a group of African-American activists is so disillusioned with the president and his policies, one even suggested he throw the towel early.
Following President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, a group of black activists gave their own reactions to the address, speaking with the conservative blog Rebel Pundit. The grassroots organizers, who reside in the president’s hometown, expressed dismay toward Obama’s annual address.
“Mr. President, you know, we’d probably be better off with you cutting your presidency off right now,” said Mark Carter, an activist with Voices of the Ex-Offender. “Just quit. Because if this is what you call helping us, then just stop helping us.”
The activists said the president’s speech, which reinforced his agenda for 2014, was “the same ‘ol, same ol'” and offered no reforms to help those who are struggling.
“A bunch of talk,” J.R. Fleming of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign said of the State of the Union. “A bunch of talk and rhetoric to give faith to a dying economy in America. And the reason our economy is dying is because the president’s approach always is to place blame on the corporate world. It’s to place blame on the rich. The blame is equal. It’s not the 1 percent’s problem. It’s not a 99 percent problem. It is an American problem.”
Joe Watkins, founder of Voices of the Ex-Offender, criticized Obama for his executive action raising the minimum raise on federal contracts to $10.10 an hour. The activist said the president’s order singled out those working under the government’s watchful eye and left the unemployed behind. Obama, Watkins said, offered no real reforms to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
“How can they create jobs for us? How can they create jobs for us if they don’t bring us into the market? How can they create jobs for us if we’re not at the table with them?” he said.
President Obama’s policies have been especially harmful to African-Americans. The labor force participation rate among African-Americans sits at 60.2 percent, the lowest since December 1977. For African-American males, that number is 65.6 percent, the lowest on record. Additionally, the unemployment rate for African-Americans is 11.9 percent, though approximately 6 million stopped looking for jobs altogether.
Watch the video below, courtesy of Rebel Pundit.
h/t The Blaze