Monday, July 2, 2012
Obama and crack cocaine
The words in italics below are from an article from EDUCATION NEWS:
Valerie Jarrett makes unreported remarks in meeting with media:
President Obama’s top aide, Valerie Jarrett, reportedly boasted to the black community that the administration sharply reduced the sentencing disparity for possession of crack cocaine instead of powder.
Jarrett made the remarks at a meeting of black journalists and columnists last weekend clearly aimed at Obama’s re-election efforts. Mainstream media outlets covering the event did not report on her comments regarding crack cocaine.
On Saturday, Jarrett engaged in a wide-ranging interview session with a group of journalists at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans.
The Root, a website owned by the Washington Post aimed at the black community, reprinted a blog report by the Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince on Jarrett’s appearance at the convention. (Z: You'll want to read that in its entirety)
Prince reported that at the meeting Jarrett outlined “what she considered the Obama administration’s successes.” Continued Prince: “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.”
Before anyone starts in how The Root must be a Conservative rag, please know it's a Black-focused paper owned by The Washington Post. I have to salute this venue for having admitted that, after Jarrett's talk, "Some rolled their eyes. "Why not just send a [campaign] video?" one said. "That was out of line," said another afterward." I particularly honor THE ROOT because most outlets completely overlooked the part about cocaine. Another media cover-up of something Americans should hear. Is this really a good thing for the Black community or is it actually true racism at its core?