Inauguration continues to highlight
how Obama is falling out of love with blacks
By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.
Editor & Publisher
ATLANTA, Jan. 10,
2013, 5 p.m.
- President Obama has
opted for fewer blacks in his second term inaugural program set to
take place later this month.
Outside of his selection of
Medgar Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams
to do the invocation,
the blackest person on the inauguration program is Beyonce, who
has portrayed herself in black face.
Beyonce will sing the National Anthem, replacing Aretha
Obama has opted not to have the benediction
done by Rev. Joseph Lowery who in 2008 declared: "Lord, in
the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in
the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that
day when black will not be asked to get [in] back, when brown
can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man
can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right.
Let all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen! Say Amen!
Lowery, who received the medal of freedom after his
benediction in 2009, did not help his case when he proclaimed in
November that "All
white folks are going to hell." He later said it was a joke.
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Obama, however, did go to Lowery's hometown of Atlanta to get
Rev. Louie Giglio to do his benediction. Still, Giglio, who is white, did
not save the first black president from criticism. The minister
has instead drawn fire from the gay community
decided to decline the invite earlier today. This may be Obama's chance to
fill the benediction with a black pick.
There is also no Elizabeth Alexander, the second black woman behind Maya
Angelou to deliver the inaugural poem in 2008. Alexander has been replaced by
Cuban American Richard Blanco, who is the first
Latino and first openly gay.
With fewer blacks at his presidential inauguration, the
program mirrors his recent slate of all white nominations of Jack Lew for
Treasury, Chuck Hagel for
Defense, John Kerry for State and John Brennan for CIA. Obama was said to be
considering U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for Secretary of State but she withdrew
amid her scripted Benghazi remarks.
Rep. Charlie Rangel recently said there is “no excuse” for the lack of
diversity in Obama's recent choices and called the selections “embarrassing
Meanwhile, Time magazine last month inadvertently gives the
best look at how Obama approaches the issue of blacks in his campaign and on his
White House staff while declaring him the "Person of the Year".
See the pictures:
There are and were no blacks in his key staff getting big
paychecks, outside of Senior Advisor
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