Obama launches African-American education initiative
President Barack Obama addresses the National Urban League in July 2010.
July 25th, 2012
08:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama launches African-American education initiative

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced an initiative he said will give African-American students greater access "to a complete and competitive education from the time they're born all through the time they get a career."

Speaking Wednesday night at a National Urban League gathering in New Orleans, Obama said he has issued an executive order establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, saying, "A higher education in a 21st century cannot be a luxury. It is a vital necessity that every American should be able to afford," he said.

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  1. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    A new report by the group's policy institute warns that low turnout by African-American voters, who overwhelmingly supported Obama in 2008, could hurt his chances this time
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    I don't know why. So many more of them are now unemployed for a record length of time thanks to Obama. They certainly have a lot more time on their hands. I guess Obama's incompetence even transcends the racial bond.

    July 25, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The Voter ID laws, especially like the one in PA, will do more to keep poor and minority voters from the polls than anything.

    July 25, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    I don't think President Obama has anything to worry about with the Black vote, the article says he'll get the 89% of the Black vote. The NACCP were rude to Governor Romney and that pretty much I think is the tone of Blacks towards Romney, so Obama has nothing to worry about and he's already got the Latino vote in the pocket. The election will be decided by the Latino and Black vote and both love President Obama.

    July 25, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Nonpartisan American First

    Former President Clinton also carried the black vote.

    July 25, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. only 95% confused

    if 95% of black voters vote for Obama, not racism.
    if 95% of white voters vote for Romney, racism.

    why is this?

    July 25, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. California

    Either talk to Americans as Americans or don't bother talking at all. Division is what helps racism flourish.

    July 25, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    Rudy NYC - The Voter ID laws, especially like the one in PA, will do more to keep poor and minority voters from the polls than anything.
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    Why? Do they all have fake IDs? Don't any of them buy liquor, cigarettes or drive? This is 2012, not 1912. Getting an ID takes a few minutes and is usually free.

    How will these people ID themselves when they get their free Obamacare?

    July 25, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote again:

    I don't think President Obama has anything to worry about with the Black vote, the article says he'll get the 89% of the Black vote. The NACCP were rude to Governor Romney and that pretty much I think is the tone of Blacks towards Romney, so Obama has nothing to worry about and he's already got the Latino vote in the pocket. The election will be decided by the Latino and Black vote and both love President Obama.
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    Aha! Now I get it. You're a Ron Paul supporter. Aren't you?

    July 25, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    Why? Do they all have fake IDs? Don't any of them buy liquor, cigarettes or drive? This is 2012, not 1912. Getting an ID takes a few minutes and is usually free.

    How will these people ID themselves when they get their free Obamacare?
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    Read the Voting Rights Act someday soon. The intent of controversial voting laws is irrelevant. It is only the results the law has on the populations is all that matters. No matter how well intentioned a law might be presented, if it disproportionately affects a certain demographic more than another, the voting law is deemed unlawful. Period.

    How will they get free Obamacare? By mere fact of existence and citizenship. :P

    July 25, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. kayla

    he does not need to energize anybody.

    July 25, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. WiredweirdinSF

    They don't see the content of his characte only the color of his skin.

    July 25, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. J G

    Whoever said: 95% of black support for Obama not racist versus 95% of white support for Romney is racist, is ignorant and delusionally. You are comparing apples to oranges. Stop believing that blacks and whites have had the same or equal struggles with racial problems because it is silly. 95% of WHITES who are REPUBLICANS are going to vote for Romney.

    July 25, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. California

    I don't see Hussein Obama trying to energize white voters or would that be racist?

    Ironic.

    July 25, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Myviewis

    Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    Why? Do they all have fake IDs? Don't any of them buy liquor, cigarettes or drive? This is 2012, not 1912. Getting an ID takes a few minutes and is usually free.

    How will these people ID themselves when they get their free Obamacare?
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    Read the Voting Rights Act someday soon. The intent of controversial voting laws is irrelevant. It is only the results the law has on the populations is all that matters. No matter how well intentioned a law might be presented, if it disproportionately affects a certain demographic more than another, the voting law is deemed unlawful. Period.

    How will they get free Obamacare? By mere fact of existence and citizenship.
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    Rudy, that's not true. ID is always required with government, no such things as by mere fact of existence and citizenship. You just don't want to say it that when buying liquor, cigarettes, welfare checks, food stamps, school an ID is required and all these people are able to present their IDs. You are just trying to get away with nonsense.

    July 25, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Dad Clark

    B. O. Loves la raza , appointed their vice pres cecilia munoz to be secretary of domestic policy, hilda la raza solis to be secretary of labor, thomas la raza perez to be assistant attorney general. 44 la razaites appointed to shape american policy against americans and further the invasion

    July 25, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. gt

    its all about skin color...not anything else....sad

    July 25, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. J G

    I support the President. But instead of him making a speech to the National Urban League, why doesn't have meetings in the White House with black business leaders, entrepreneurs, and small business owners like my grandfather how he can encourage financial institutions to provide capital resources for more black small businesses so they can uplift the black community and black economy. The president should go into the districts of black lawmakers who are sponsoring job fairs and talk to superintendents of urban school districts about encouraging black students to pursuit business classes and that his administration if he gets a 2nd term will focus on cutting the black unemployment in half and making black students and citizens competitive for the global market. Maybe encourage these black men and women to stop making a bunch of babies if you can't afford them because it leads to poverty and dependecy.

    July 25, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is just another try to rally the base he has. If enough get out and vote, it will swing the vote his way in places. The point is to get everyone registered to vote and to make sure that they get to the polls on election day. Without that, it won't be as wide a lead.

    We should all be voting... I hope that the president debate commission would have a special debate with all of the third party candidates from groups like the Libertarians, Greens, Socialists and others.

    July 25, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. California

    Democrat all inclusive argument,

    IF YOU DON'T BLAME BUSH YOU'RE A RACIST.

    Democrats are truly beyond pathetic. So sad.

    July 25, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    @ J G

    I agee with everything you said except the part about "cutting the black unemployment in half". This would not send a good message to the other half. Think about it.

    July 25, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    To All Supporters of Voter ID Laws:

    They will all be struck down for one reason or another, most especially the ones in states covered by the Voting Rights Act. You argue that the intent is to insure blah blah. Your intent is irrelevant. The law was written to make intent totally irrelevant to the matter at hand, that being the effect the voting law has on the population. Here's the problem for supporters of Voter ID laws, taken from the VRA of 1965.

    "SEC. 2. No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color."

    "SEC. 4. (a) To assure that the right of citizens of the United States to vote is not denied or abridged on account of race or color, no citizen shall be denied the right to vote in any Federal, State, or local election because of his failure to comply with any test or device in any State with respect to which the determinations have been made..."

    "(c) The phrase "test or device" shall mean any requirement that a person as a prerequisite for voting or registration for voting (1) demonstrate the ability to read, write, understand, or interpret any matter, (2) demonstrate any educational achievement or his knowledge of any particular subject, (3) possess good moral character, or (4) prove his qualifications by the voucher of registered voters or members of any other class. "

    See the problem? Notice how the intent of a voting law is irrelevant. It is only the end result that matters. Voter ID laws require a "device" to "prove his qualifications by the voucher of registered voters." I rest my case.

    July 25, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    Rudy NYC - Read the Voting Rights Act someday soon. The intent of controversial voting laws is irrelevant. It is only the results the law has on the populations is all that matters. No matter how well intentioned a law might be presented, if it disproportionately affects a certain demographic more than another, the voting law is deemed unlawful. Period.
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    And the proof you have of this is what? ZERO. But the laws provide for what few cases like this do occur with provisional ballots. People without IDs are still allowed to vote, and their vote will be counted once citizenship is confirmed. How could any reasonable person argue with this solution? Nobody is denied and only legal citizens get to vote.

    July 25, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    only 95% confused

    if 95% of black voters vote for Obama, not racism.
    if 95% of white voters vote for Romney, racism.

    why is this?
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    Who said anything about voting trends like that being racist besides Fox News and right wing media? No one.

    July 25, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |