With African American unemployment 86% higher than whites, predatory lenders directly targeting the Black community and Black mothers going to jail for seeking quality education for their children, a growing chorus of Blacks are beginning to expect more direct action from President Barack Obama on behalf of the African American community.
Add hip hop mogul Diddy to the band. In the February/March issue of The Source magazine, Diddy, one of the world’s biggest entertainment impresarios drops some tough words of criticism on President Obama.
Talking about the intersection of race and politics, Diddy said that while he’s a fan of Obama, he’s disappointed with what the President has done for the Black community thus far.
“I love the president like most of us. I just want the president to do better. There’s a difference between us voting for somebody and us believing in somebody. He’s the person that we believed in so I pray night and day that he understands how God ordained his presidency. I feel there was a promise made to God to look after people that was less fortunate, and [many] of those people are African-American…”
The rapper continued, saying that the President should choose doing the right thing, even if it isn’t easy politically.
“It’s something he might not get reelected for, but we elected him,” Diddy said. “He owes us. I’d rather have a Black president that was man enough to say that he was doing something for Black people have one term than a president who played the politics game have two terms.”
President Obama’s lack of direct action to reverse the dire economic conditions facing the African American community is causing many of his 2008 supporters to have pause and concern. As the ethnic group most impacted by the Great Recession and the most loyal Obama supporters, African Americans rightly expected their concerns to be heard and addressed. Diddy who campaigned for Obama, was reduced to tears the night the President was elected, saying, “I was straight up crying. I was with my kids. It was a beautiful thing. I just thank God my prayers were answered.”