Yesterday, I wrote an article about the obvious dissent that was brewing in the black American community because President Barack Obama has spoken out so diligently on behalf of Mexican-Americans and the D.R.E.A.M. act, literally circumventing congress to ensure that Mexican children brought to the States at an early age be allowed a clear path to citizenship as opposed to deportation.

In the article I discussed why we shouldn’t get upset at Mexicans for demanding legislation, while we wait and expect Obama to realize that paying attention to the specific ills that plague the black community should be addressed because, “Gosh darn it, it’s the right thing to do.”

That’s not happening, not in this lifetime nor the next.

In an opinion piece for TheGrio.com, Steven Forrester discusses the fact that Haitian-Americans “have a dream, too.” Sadly, the disparities in how the Obama Administration addresses the parallel issues illuminates the president’s lack of moral compass:

On May 24, Haitian-American elected and community leaders held a press conference at North Miami City Hall to express their disappointment with the president for failing to expedite Haitian family reunification, despite bipartisan support for such relief dating back 29 months to Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake.  Their disappointment was widely reported locally and could have national repercussions.

The issue involves 112,000 beneficiaries of family based visa petitions who, despite Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approvals, remain on 3 to 11-year waiting lists in Haiti, where many may not survive given the conditions there.  Expediting their entry into the United States has precedent and bipartisan support because it would save their lives and generate badly needed remittances to help Haiti recover, while costing virtually nothing.

Nor is congressional action needed; just a White House instruction to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.  But it hasn’t been forthcoming: there has been only silence, thus the Haitian community’s disappointment, now being increasingly expressed in public.

If ever there was a heartbreaking situation that illustrates my point, this is it. Instead of talking about Mexicans like filth, how “lazy” they are, how they’re “manipulating the system,” you know those same stereotypes that white people throw on us, maybe our time would be better spent getting behind this issue and actually pushing for something, instead of against something for other people?

Or, the complainers can just sit around, throwing side-eyes at their Obama ’08 t-shirts, and wait another 4 years because “he’s going to really go in this term, he has nothing to lose!”

Let me know how that works out.


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