CBC’er Rep. Alcee Hastings: Pres Barack Obama Disrespects Black Press And HBCU Grads

Source: George E. Curry / NNPA  / Politic365

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL)  says President Obama of consistently disrespects the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Black Press, and graduates of historically Black colleges, key groups that were critical to his re-election in November.

Speaking Friday at the mid-winter convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Hastings, a former federal judge, said the Congressional Black Caucus carefully vetted candidates they felt would be ideal for the second Obama administration, which has come under criticism for being dominated by White males.

“The Black Caucus of Congress then sent 61 names to the White House,” Hastings recounted. “Time went by. Not one of that 61 was selected – not one.”

In a speech that had a rich blend of seriousness, humor and expletives, Hastings said during the campaign, the CBC pressed the Obama campaign about the paucity of advertising with Black newspapers in particular. He said a top campaign official said Obama initially planned to spend only $650,000 with Black newspapers, a figure that was raised under pressure to $1 million – which meant that $999 million went to others.

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  • Khadijah

    To the various black organizations that claim to have put the President in the whitehouse I must ask the question. Why is it that I see you arguing more about you and your needs and wants to Mr Obama because he is black than any other candidate because they are Democrate? The issue that we have in the blacj communities cannot be fixed by one man nor can it be fixed in 4 or even 8 years. Its a shame that you try and place that burden on him in the manner in which you do not place on every Democratic candidate that your organizations have given support into the whitehouse. If you look and see many black organizations around the country fighting for a cause still fighting the same battle yet you would feel offended if the people who make donations to you say “we haven’t seen enough progress with you and now you don’t love/support the black community” Its wrong. Just a final note….the margins are unfair to say only 1 million dollars went to black business when its not his job to advertise to blacks its his job to advertise to the american people and truth be told ” black” media as you claim does not have the audience as mainstream media which includes everyone including blacks. ..

    • James

      I so agree with you Sis. Khadijah. I could not had said it better. We seriously want to slam this man, when we knew when he ran he wasn’t running as a “black” president. he was running as an American president. So you get all happy with a bone from this president then what back to the field and be a field “negro”. Get the hell outter here with that mess.! We in the black community have some serious issues amongst ourselves. What good to get a job for years than back to the drawing board.! Rep. Hastings should be ashamed for himself.

  • Greg

    I agree with @Khadijah. I don’t look for the President to solve our issues. I think by him being the president it shows how we as a race have to do more for ourselves on EVERY ELECTION CYCLE NO MATTER THE RACE of the candidate. Our turnout should be the same when our STATE representatives are elected between the Presidential elections. If we do not we will be left behind. WE… not President Obama… WE will allow the redrawing of districts that will WEAKEN our vote and we might not get it back… along with our voice.

    The very people that are complaining about President Obama are doing NOTHING with regard to the image and family growth of our people. WE DO NOT SUPPORT OURSELVES and yet we expect everyone else to support us??!?!?!

    Stop blaming someone else for guns in our neighborhoods. Stop making excuses for many of our teens walking around disrespecting themselves and others. Here we have Black History Month and MORE Black History being taught and it should bring about more self respect instead we have a LARGER PUSH in our community to accept SELF DISRESPECT as a way of not allowing a word to own us. So instead it OWNS us by now so many using the term so loosely all it really does do is soften the view of true racism since so many are willingly calling themselves such a degrading term. And stop sounding like Sarah Palin with FAKE definitions or suppose definitions of the word. That too me is pure ignorance and too many FAKE philosophers are running around being the voice and impressing our youth negatively and in the wrong direction.

    I’ll put it like this. Our people are shouting Nword now way more than the name of Jesus. Now you tell me. Does that sound like freedom from the nword?????