Blacks shouldn't hate President Bush
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
Most blacks have an unfounded hatred for former President George Bush due to being misinformed about what he accomplished for blacks during his term as president of the United States.
As a matter of fact, President Bush did more for blacks than former President Bill Clinton and current President Barack Obama. Listed below are some of these accomplishments:
1. Appointed more blacks to Cabinet posts than Clinton and Obama.
2. Gave more money ($371 million) to historical black colleges than any other previous president.
3. Is the first president to approve funding for a national historic black museum, even though African Americans have been trying to get one since the 1900s. It will be the size of two football fields.
4. Signed the Voting Rights Act extension without any amendments in July 2006, and in May 2002, during his tenure, the Justice Department assisted with the prosecution of Bobby Cherry for the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four young African-American girls. In May 2004, the Justice Department reopened the Emmett Till case in contrast to President Clinton, who filed a reverse discrimination lawsuit against the Illinois State University on behalf of a group of white janitors, but refused to help a group of black longshoremen with their lawsuit against 100 major shipping companies.
5. Approved funding for a Rosa Parks Memorial.
6. During the Jena 6 incident in Jena, La., President Bush issued the following statement with Fox commentator Juan Williams: “I was saddened by the events. I would hope the hearts of children would grow beyond this notion about insulting somebody through hanging a noose, which is an inherently bigoted response. And I am not surprised at the reaction of the African-American community reacting the way they did because the notion of unequal justice harkens back to a previous time in our history that a lot of folks, including me, are working to get beyond.”
7. On Sept. 25, 2007, the media ignored the following proclamation statement by President Bush: “Fifty years ago today, nine students endured bitterness and violence because of the color of their skin and because of their convictions. As an Arkansas high school turned into a battleground for equality, the bravery of the Little Rock Nine inspired a generation of Americans. Today, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the integration of Central High School. This anniversary reminds us of our nation's struggle to fulfill its founding promise for all Americans. We are also reminded of the resilience of the heroes who sacrificed for justice and equality. We honor their courage and we resolve to continue their work to make America a more perfect union.”
8. Bush voiced his opposition to the United States Supreme Court decision on eminent domain, a program that could allow private developers to come into the inner cities of America and take the property of black churches and senior citizens away.
9. During his presidency, the Department of Education reported that the gap between black and white students in the area of math and reading was at its narrowest point in U.S. history. And although the federal government is not responsible for funding public education, he has increased federal spending for education by 38 percent. The department also reported that his programs for the disadvantaged increased by 58 percent and Pell grant funding increased by 57 percent.
10. He pushed for school choice vouchers so inner-city children could afford to go to quality private schools just like the children of U.S. Congressmen and Congresswomen.
11. He worked very hard to encourage black churches to take advantage of the billions of dollars in his faith-based programs.
12. He was the first president to allocate federal lands for home ownership for hurricane victims. Many of the victims of Hurricane Katrina had lived in poverty and termite-infested homes years before the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
13. He was the first president to recognize the inequalities in the criminal justice system as he called for better legal representation for African-Americans accused of crimes, in comparison to President Clinton's criminal justice program for African Americans: “Three strikes and you are out.”
14. He was the first president who called for a re-entry program to help African Americans find suitable employment when they leave prison.
15. During his administration, the number of unemployed blacks decreased to single digits.
16. There were more black businesses started during his administration than Clinton and Obama. There also were more black business loans given under Bush than Clinton and Obama.
17. He budgeted and provided more money for AIDS in Africa than any other previous president.
18. Many claim that Bush does not care for the poor, but according to Georgia Democratic Sen. Zell Miller, the Bush administration allocated more entitlement money for the poor than any other previous president in U.S. history. It was $368 billion compared to Clinton's $198 million.
If George W. Bush, a white Republican president, can be an advocate for the black community, then the black community needs to quit making excuses for President Obama's lack of accomplishments in the black community.
To have an African-American president who does not address the issues of the African-American community is nothing more than window dressing.
Jack R. Carter,
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