Three brilliant black leaders are tuning out Obama and the black community needs to tune into these leaders.
I’m surfing between the major news networks on a recent evening and I catch FOX News Channel’s Sean Hannity in the middle of an amazing interview with a guest named Harry Alford, the CEO and co-founder of the Black Chamber of Commerce.
My jaw drops as Alford essentially calls Obama an anti-business tyrant who is hurting the African American community; he says he voted for Obama in 2008 but now has buyer’s remorse.
I get to thinking: Given the choice between Alford and Obama, why do many blacks still choose Obama? Why does Obama have an 88 percent approval rating among African Americans while his overall approval sits at 47 percent? After all, what has Obama done to help African Americans?
I am concerned and puzzled because the black community seems to be ignoring the wisdom of successful black leaders in business, medicine and journalism. Let me introduce you to three black leaders who are challenging the president’s policies:
1.) Niger Innis – Challenging Gun Control
Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder recently told Congress he wants to help “young black men” improve their lives with gun control legislation. But black journalists like Niger Innis are not buying it.
Innis is the National Spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), an MSNBC commentator and a political consultant. According to Innis, the vast majority of gun-control legislation is a way for the federal government to control—not protect—the weakest members of society, such as minority groups. He made the following remarks on The Jason Lewis Show on March 4:
“The Second Amendment…very much like the first ten amendments of the Constitution which are the Bill of Rights… are an insurance policy for the individual and the individual sovereign states against [a] potentially too centralized, too powerful, potentially tyrannical federal government.”
Innis explained how most murders (with guns) happen in cities like New York, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles “…[which] incidentally have the strictest gun control laws. …If you are an inner city resident… then, you are doubly victimized; you are victimized by the criminals who do not pay attention to the gun control laws and by [the government] effectively disarming you by making it virtually impossible for decent, law-abiding citizens to acquire guns legally.”