Barack Obama asked, “is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?”
By “them,” he meant African-American boys.
Yes, Mr. President, “we” can do a few things.
First of all, let’s not import a new population of impoverished laborers who will drag wages even lower than they already are and soak up funds for already over-burdened government programs. Reject the senate’s immigration reform bill and secure the nation’s borders to protect the African-America boys (and other US citizens).
As you reject the bill, Mr. President, state very clearly that you're doing so because the bill is an insult and a betrayal, certainly to African-American boys but, more broadly, to all working-class Americans.
After all, Mr. President, if a nation has a job shortage, and if the nation’s workers have already been hit with dramatically decreased wages, longer hours, higher workloads and, therefore, decreased living standards, the very last thing we should do is import an entire population of cheap labor.
Second, let’s be honest, shall we? Let’s stop saying that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides free healthcare. It doesn’t. Let’s explain that health care isn’t “free” for anybody. Let’s explain that for everybody who doesn’t pay for his or her own healthcare, somebody else has to pay more in higher doctor bills and taxes. Let’s explain that those costs are out of control because too many people want healthcare without paying for it. Let’s further explain that the PPACA has always been intended to allow the government to more closely monitor, and hopefully to decrease, those costs.
In other words, Mr. President, let’s frankly tell people that the PPACA doesn’t provide free healthcare. The PPACA takes free healthcare away, or at least decreases its availability, because free healthcare is costing the government and private citizens too much.
Third, Mr. President, let’s use those wonderful oratory skills of yours to condemn those who profit by peddling drugs and violence to African-American boys. (It’d be great to discourage those who profit by peddling drugs and violence to all boys, but your focus is African-American boys, so we’ll stick with that.) Let’s very vocally encourage the music and entertainment industries to stop glorifying gangster and drug-dealer imagery in song and story. (Let's stop selling guns to drug dealers ourselves, shall we?) Let’s further point out that “peaceful coexistence” is everyone’s responsibility, on an individual basis, and assaulting men—even light-skinned men—who are merely trying to protect their neighborhoods is not a good way to demonstrate it.
That’s three. I said a few; that’s enough.
In summary, Mr. President, ask yourself: have you been doing all you can to show African-American boys that—how did you so eloquently put it?—”their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them”?
Ask yourself, Mr. President: have you done anything to that end or, by your actions have you shown African-American boys the exact opposite; that their country doesn’t care about or value them, and isn’t willing to invest in them?
In other words, you say you care, Mr. President, and African-American boys believe you because, due to your skin color, they identify with you. But do your actions tell a different story? Are you merely exploiting African-American boys’ desire to believe in you to further your political career?
Have you shown African-American boys that the jobs they get won’t pay as well and will demand longer hours and harder work, and if the boys don’t want these jobs, well, you’ll just import severely impoverished people who do? Have you lied to African-American boys about what your name-sake law—the PPACA or “Obamacare”—will do to their healthcare costs . . . because you don’t respect the boys enough to tell them the truth?
Mr. President, have you stood silently by and watched while drug dealers and music-industry violence peddlers have turned young, African-American boys’ lives into profits?
Put your money where your mouth is, Mr. President. Search your soul, and—maybe for the first time in your life—do the right thing.