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?
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