The Real Invisible Obama Shows Up on Race and the Economy
colorlines.com — There was an invisible man at last week’s Republican National Convention, but tonight in President Obama’s acceptance speech there’s likely to be an invisible topic: black and brown unemployment. Communities of color are mired in an economic depression. Yet the president struggles to publicly acknowledge it. The choice not to do so presents Obama with a political problem when he can least afford it. The bottom line is that in order to remain in the White House, the president needs to give this community a reason to show up at the polls. The irony is that Obama has real plans that if implemented would turn the economic calamity in black and brown America around. The trouble is he seemingly can’t bring himself to rhetorically and explicitly link his policies to the people that would most benefit from them.