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?
Line up ya’ bitches fo’ yo’ Crack Ho’ get out o’ jail free card.
Yea’ like the crack ho’s know who she is.
Cutting the government by 2/3, beginning with the White House staff, would go a long ways toward stopping this kind of foolishness.
I always figured that Obama was already getting 100% of the crackhead vote.
Well that’s an accomplishment I would certainly put on my resume!
These people live in an alternate universe.
I suppose he’ll shore up his PETA supporters by affirming that he’s given up dog dishes.
Calling all blacks...0bama giving out free stuff.
Actually, is this really Obama’s accomplishment?
Eric Holder is the one who would have ordered them to go easy on Crackheads.
So Valerie is admitting she does crack ?
Choom choom cher-re
Obama’s a Commie
Like Marx used to be
Choom choom cher-ro
The economy will take off
When Obama is through
But no more three hots and a cot.
But no more three hots and a cot.
Well at least she has articulated a reason to vote for him. Better than the MSM has done.
Not a reduction in crack cocaine use...only sentencing.
Isn’t that racist to assume blacks are in favor of drugs?
"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
Who do you think they'll vote for?
Jobs in civilian defense force for all pardoned felons.
Who do you think they'll work, and be loyal to?
Hopefully I'm just deranged.
Is she really saying that blacks should be grateful for Obama supporting their self destructive actions in drug use?
This administration NEVER says why Americans should vote for Obama.
They will lose in a LANDSLIDE come November.
Wasn’t crack Mr. Soetoro’s drug of choice for the wild Gurnee limo ride in 1999? No wonder he wants others to get off easy - he got off easy ... twice, allegedly.
How much of a kickback is he getting from the cartels?
Where’s the video footage of this? While Barry claims the economy is doing fine, his Administration believes loosening crack sentencing is a priority.
While huge tracts of the west are going up in flames, the federal government is doing nothing to help. Haven’t heard a peep from Barry about the situation. The past week he’s been preoccupied with making funny jokes at black-tie fundraisers and having cute remarks updated on the White House twitter page.
This is the same woman who asked a general wearing many stars to refill her wine glass at a state dinner, believing he was a waiter.
This is, according to that new book The Amateur, one of three or four people in Obama’s inner circle (the others being Moochelle, Axelrod and Plouffter).
Here’s hoping he listens to her every suggestion on campaign issues.
When you have time check out the first hundred posts on the Chicago Crime repository thread. Note just the names beginning with “A” and the countries their country of origin. Then look at a map of the drug routs around the world, particularly those coming from Afghanistan.
Also note how many are involved in banking.
There is a reason this administration doesn't want to close the southern border.
Penn Jillette: Obama, Weed, and a Little Blow
Choom Boy strikes again
She’s right. Most crack heads ARE black. I’m glad they finally recognized the FACT.
Crack is a lot cheaper than straight coke and was therefore more likely to be used in poor urban areas (read black neighborhoods). The hope was that stiffer penalties would dissuade blacks from using crack.
Paging Tyrone Biggums!!!
Well, since he already has 97% of the black vote, just what does this gain him? I guess he is after that last 3% of the blacks that actually think about the consequences of their vote. Heck, he just might get them at the rate of lawlessness that he seems to be pushing.
Does the Washington Post understand that about half their potential readers are conservative?? And probably more than half their advertisers?
Guess the ‘doting court eunuchs’ of the MSM fail to notice that their job is to present the NEWS. Not clean it up so Democrats look good. That’s what PR firms do... Shame on them.
What reduction in crack cocaine sentencing? And what did the Obama Administration have to do with it?
Ronald Reagan appealing to the GOP base:
"A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; ...that we will become that shining city on a hill."
Hussein Obama appealing to the Democrat base:
"...a sharp reduction in crack cocaine sentencing...."
* Sadly, NOTHING comes to mind for Milt Romney :(
Poor Oprah spent months behind bars for smoking crack. Oh wait, that’s right, Stedman talked her down from the pool house roof after she called herself a golden god, then she relieved herself in her vomitorium, had her afternoon tea and daily fetus blood transfusion, followed by quickie dialysis treatment and nutmeg Starbucks venti enema. It was a living hell. She was ready to cry all about it the next day after handing out cars to everyone in the audience. Poor poor Oprah.
“I always figured that Obama was already getting 100% of the crackhead vote.”
That includes voting for himself, as his “friend” Larry Sinclair would testify to.