Skip to comments.Valerie Jarrett: Blacks should support Obama for sharp reduction in crack cocaine sentencing
Posted on 06/26/2012 7:32:23 PM PDT by kristinn
In remarks to Black journalists this past weekend virtually unreported in the mainstream media, senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett said reducing the prison sentences for crack cocaine is one of the three reasons African-Americans have to support President Obama's reelection.
The Root, a Black-oriented website owned by the Washington Post, reprinted a blog report by the Maynard Institute's Richard Prince on Jarrett's appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans.
Prince reported on Jarrett's side meeting with a group of Black reporters and columnists:
On Saturday afternoon, Jarrett spoke with members of the Trotter Group of African American columnists and with regional reporters, and again outlined what she considered the Obama administration's successes, among them funding for historically black colleges and universities; health care reform, which she said will disproportionately help African Americans; and reducing disparities between penalties for possession of crack and for powdered cocaine.
The only other mention in the media of Jarrett's bragging about Obama helping the crack cocaine business as being good for the Black community was by DeWayne Wickham who wrote in his Tuesday column in USA Today:
Obama supporters need to unabashedly trumpet what the president has done for blacks such as increased funding for education, universal health care, and a sharp reduction in the sentencing disparity for possession of crack cocaine instead of powder, all things that Jarrett said have disproportionately benefited them.
Mainstream media outlets that covered Jarrett's appearance at the NABJ but failed to report on her bragging about Obama's easing the penalties for crack cocaine being good for Blacks were CNN, Politico, the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning News and BET.
Obama has drawn criticism in the African-American community for prominently helping gays, illegal aliens and feminists without helping Blacks. Obama and Jarrett thinking his softening the sentencing for crack cocaine, which has plagued African-American neighborhoods for decades, will help him with Black voters is strange politics.
We should start a PAC, Crackheads for Obama........
Nope, it’s the black unemployment #’s that rule.
Zer0 is the 1% MAN holding the brothers down.
Sounds like kind of a Racist thing to say.
So, Jarrett thinks that only Blacks do Crack Cocaine?
Wonder if she thinks the same about Fried Chicken and Watermelon?
One wanders what Valerie Jarrett hopes to gain from this. Surly she can’t believe her pronouncement to be true ... what thinking human being could, unless there was a reward lurking at the end of this idiotic rainbow.
This is John Semmens satire, right? It must be or I am definitely living in an alternate universe.
Does he promise free bath salts and K2?
So, Valerie believes all blacks are potential coke felons?
We need an affirmative action policy to help black crack dealers gain the Martha’s Vineyard market.
(It's a stimulus program)
Now Obama’s going after the crackhead vote?