President Obama Meets With Black Caucus but What Will Change?7/12/2013
After nearly two years since their last meeting, President Obama met with members of the Congressi...
After nearly two years since their last meeting, President Obama met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus this week at the White House. That 700 day gap between meetings stands in stark contrast to that of the Hispanic Caucus who've met twice with the President since the beginning of the year.
The meeting lasted approximately 90 minutes, and ultimately proved cordial and fruitful.
A main topic of discussion was the Supreme Court's recent rulings on the Voting Rights Act.
CBC Chairwoman Rep. Marcia Fudge was quoted as saying, "We will have broader and deeper discussions as a result of our meeting today."
President Obama has received criticism for his lack of responsiveness to the specific concerns of African-Americans. Members of the caucus, including Rep. James Clyburn, stress the importance of targeted legislation that would improve the lives of African-Americans.
The president, however, disagrees. ABC news political correspondent Abby Phillip notes, "This president has made it clear that his goal is to pursue policies for all Americans, with the expectation that African Americans will also benefit rather than specifically targeting black Americans with his policies."
Hopefully those future discussions will include talk of the continuously rising black unemployment rate or mass incarceration.
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Kimberly Foster is the founder and editor of For Harriet.