Black Support High For Obama's Race-Neutral Stance

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Discontent is surging among some black advocates over President Barack Obama's refusal to target rising black unemployment, but many black residents in Charlotte, N.C., say they support his racially neutral approach to joblessness.

As many as one in three black people are out of work in Charlotte, a banking center walloped by the Great Recession.

African-Americans interviewed last week by The Associated Press say the president is correct to focus on the needs of all Americans, and black people should take responsibility for solving their own problems.

They include Shenika Simpson, an unemployed single mother. Simpson says Obama "can't just jump in the chair and fix everything within a year."


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  • by ENC on Mar 24, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    To Ignorance is bliss.. How can you form your own opinion, when you can't even spell it. You seem to be the backwoods and ignorant one.. Have a Great Day!
  • by disgusted on Mar 22, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    Discontent is surging? Well, is anybody surprised? I'm sure not.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Mar 21, 2010 at 03:32 PM
    Data Man, you are member of the party of the KKK? Thats strange since you told me you were not white. You do know Bush spent millions in Africa for HIV and aids prevention? Right? You know MLK was a republican since they are the ones that gave us racial equality? You do read, right? So, you calling MLK dumb? Are you adding gin to your koolaid? Hmmmm, Hmmmm, Hmmmm, to remove foot from mouth, find friend, pull hard....
  • by ignorance is bliss on Mar 21, 2010 at 03:22 PM
    People in eastern NC are so backwoods and ignorant!!! Politics is about more than listening to MSNBC, Fox News, and your local news to form your opinion. If you don't research and form your own opionion, please don't argue someone else's points like they are your own!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    Go figure!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    Pretty soon, it will be easier to get by in life by not working at all. Free cell phones, free housing, free food, free welfare checks, free health care, there is going to be no motivation for people to work. And those that do work will have to pay even more in taxes to make up fpr those that dont. At least the illegals are willing to work for a living.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 at 07:00 AM
    If the black population had known that...they would NOT have voted for him. That is the problem. They voted for a man because of the color of his skin not because they educated themselves on what he stood for. What a shame. Ignorance is the majority and so is laziness.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 at 06:29 AM
    Data Man, just how was Bush racist? Because he was white? that seems to be your way of thinking, if you are white and a Republican you are a racist. Obamas change is not what this country needs. Healthcare is not what this country needs, this country needs the current system fixed first. The Catterpillar company announced that it will cost them 100 million in the first year for Obamas healthcare, yeah that is exactly what we need. Thata is why unemployment is so high, employers are afraid of the costs to cover their employees.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    You would have to be 'HIGH' to want anything obama is selling.
  • by John Location: NC on Mar 21, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    Race shouldn't matter. The only color that should matter is green. Black,White,Black,White,blah,blah,blah
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