The White House recently announced that a new executive order that will prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order will cover 28 million workers overall, and what advocates estimate is one in five LGBT employees nationally. This is a huge win for the LGBTQ community! The Obama Administration has been championing for the LGBTQ community since his first term.And while his efforts are refreshing, I can’t help but wonder, what about us?
Black women seem to have been forgotten by the Obama Administration. Salon reports:
Black women, Obama’s single largest voting demographic, have been the subject of no executive orders, no White House initiatives and no pieces of progressive legislation.
Though black and other women of color who are a part of the LGBTQ community will benefit from this latest executive order, no initiative has explicitly addressed the structural issues of racism, classism, poor education, heavy policing and sexual and domestic violence that disproportionately affect black and Latina women.
President Obama‘s vision is that all American, LGBTQ or not, should be treated with dignity and respect. Not only has President Obama made huge strides for the LGBTQ community, but he has indeed done a lot for the Black community, but has mostly focused on Black men. With the introduction of My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama sought to help young men of color stay on track by providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. But again, what about us? In order for the Black community to improve as a whole, we have to be treated as a whole community.
It’s obvious that President Obama is an advocate for gay and trans people, working-class people and some subsets of communities of color, which reserves him the right to be celebrated as a president for the people. President Obama has been able to create jobs through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the largest economic stimulus and jobs program in history, expanded Pell grants to lower-income students, extended unemployment insurance, increased support for veterans, gave women who are paid less than men for the same work the right to sue their employers after they find out about the discrimination, funded billions to Black and Native American farmers who have been cheated by the government and so much more. But there hasn’t been one initiative that stood up specifically for Black women.
With two lovely Black daughters and a strong Black wife by his side, President Obama should never forget that Black women are his foundation.
Do you agree? Has the Obama Administration forgotten about Black women?
Check Out This Gallery Of Celebrities Explaining What They Love About President Obama:
1. Debra Lee
"My favorite thing about the President is his commitment to people and the world [and] his ability to listen; the fact that he's smart and he has smart people around him; the way he empathizes with people. The way he handled the Newtown situation was just really incredible, and he's done that with all the issues that have come along during his first term. I'm looking forward to him being more comfortable going around and knowing the politics and accomplishing a lot more."
2. Tatyana Ali
"He smells good." [laughs] "The thing that I love about him, is his humility. He's really a humble man and he's a servant and that's not hype. He's here to be of service and I love that from a leader."
3. Ben Jealous-NAACP President
"He's cool. He has poise and swagger. He has cleaned his opponent two times in a row, and that's the best thing a president can do."
4. Boris Kodjoe
"I just like his leadership and swag. He's so aware of what the world needs. He's selfless. He has integrity, pride and commitment."
5. Mikki Taylor
"I think the most amazing thing about President Obama is he is his most authentic self and very much like the First Lady. He means what he says and he says what he means. He's not impacted by the impression of others. He says with great affirmation, 'We, the people.' That is what swells my heart with great joy."
6. Wilmer Valderamma
"He's one of the first presidents since Bill Clinton that we've been able to feel he's with us, right next to us. He feels like a neighbor to us. I respect his commitment to his agenda and looking forward to seeing a more aggressive Obama in the next four years and taking the knowledge and experience he's had in the last four years and implementing it with a sense of urgency. I hope he immediately attacks the immigration reform, which is what the Latin community really needs--to see the president is confident and the same time, honor the people who helped vote him in. Gay and lesbian rights is very important and and most importantly unite all cultures. I'm excited because he's a defining president and it feels like he's found a groove."
7. Wayne Brady
"Not only is he the leader of the free world--and this isn't because of race--he's the coolest president next to Bill Clinton, that we've ever had. When it's time to be stern, he does the 'president' thing. But then who busts out and sings, 'I'm so in love with you...' If he's not the coolest president, just for that? He gives orders to our nation's fleets and busts out Al Green. He wins."
8. Gabrielle Union
"Is it weird to say that he's black? All the things I'm thinking of, I so can't say!" [laughs] "You can see that he loves his wife and he loves his daughters. He's raising these two dope, beautiful, funny black women to be strong, fly and independent."
9. MC Lyte
"He remains calm in situations where it's most likely that others would be more revved up. Out of that calmness, we're able to see his vulnerability."
10. Kenny Lattimore
"I have a song called 'Built For Last,' and it speaks about the heart of a man I believe as a great leader, when I look at this man and the tenacity and he stands so confident, in spite of every obstacle and things that are thrown at him--it's an amazing characteristic. It's the reason we confide in him."
11. Judge Mathis
"His swag. He got it from me. I knew him from Chicago and we used to hang a little together. He saw my walk, and now he's president and I see him walking like me." [laughs]
12. Shaun Robinson
"I just think that he's a great role model. He's an honest man and he wants the best for everyone. I love the way he looks at his wife, Michelle. Every woman looks at him and how he looks at Michelle, like, 'Oh my God! That's so amazing!'"