President Obama has been touring the nation, campaigning with Democratic nominee for President, Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, while speaking at a fundraiser in New York City, President Obama said Clinton could lose some votes because some people have biases against women. In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue. Sexism is as is American as apple pie and racism–so why is it “news” that Obama recognized it in this election cycle?
After nearly a year of contentious political discourse surrounding the funding of Planned Parenthood, President Obama has moved to guarantee funding for the organization, which provides reproductive health care at a low cost for men and women, including contraception, abortion care, cancer screenings and a plethora of other essential services. This is an important step by the Obama administration, demonstrating the essential role the organization plays in providing quality care at little to no cost to millions of Americans, especially lower-income women.
President Obama spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus last week, making headlines when he told his audience that if African Americans did not turn out for Hillary Clinton, he would consider it a personal insult and an insult to his legacy. While President Obama is right to push people to participate, it is unsettling that he would hinge his legacy on the African American vote at such a time when people are losing hope in institutional politics, for good reasons. It begs the question: why are African Americans responsible for saving a nation that has chosen to elevate a blatantly racist and misogynist candidate?
Diddy was the first rapper that influenced me to vote, even though I was too young I always appreciated a Black entertainer reaching out to me to tell me that my vote matters, and I very much recognized his Vote or Die campaign as outreach to young Black people.
In 2015, Diddy came out and said that voting is a “scam” and that our votes probably won’t change anything, followed by his comments earlier this week: that he expected Obama to do more for Black people in office. It sounds like Diddy has been receiving a strong dosage of political education and is now disappointed by the truth. This begs the question though: how much can a Black president really do for Black people?
Diddy has a long history of taking voting very seriously. [Remember the whole “Vote or Die!” campaign?] So it was a matter of time before someone asked him about his opinion during this election. And the hip-hop mogul turned self-appointed representative of black voters failed to disappoint.
“My number one thing, to be honest, is black people — I feel like we put President Obama in the White House. When I look back, I just wanted more done for my people, because that’s the name of the game,” Sean “Diddy” Combs told Rev. Al Sharpton during an interview.
While he’s wrapping up his presidency, leaving a lasting legacy on the U.S. prison system looks to be one of President Barack Obama’s goals. He’s already done more than most presidents in regards to granting clemency and commutations for inmates, but he’s not done.
On Monday, after the killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge and a town hall on police brutality last week, President Obama released a statement from the White House in support of law enforcement in the United States.
There is no doubt that it has been a harrowing month with folks on all sides of the issue of police brutality speaking out and speaking up, especially in the wake of the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling earlier this month. However, President Obama’s letter seems to come down on the side of protecting police rather than promoting systemic change.
President Obama gave remarks following the shooting of 12 Dallas police officers, 5 of whom were killed. Speaking from the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, he declared that there is “no possible justification for these kinds of attacks, or any violence against law enforcement.”
This is a historic moment for all of us, LGBTQIA+ or otherwise.
President Obama, who has been arguably the strongest president yet in supporting and advocating for the rights of queer people, is designating a new Stonewall National Monument at the historic Stonewall Inn site in New York City. This is the same place that, in June 1969, erupted in violence when queer folx rebelled against police who were raiding the Stonewall Inn, a hangout and safe space for LGBTQIA+ people.
President Barack Obama has proven to be a stern believer in the idea of second chances in life. This even includes a lucky few convicted felons that he elects to offer clemency – reduced to time served.