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Obama and an unequal USA

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Barack Obama came to the presidency after just a couple terms as the ONLY black US Senator in the 100-member United States Senate. This country is supposed to be 20 per cent black.

I remember getting emails from his campaign team, lead then by David Ploufe, speaking of the changes that he wanted to make in Washington and I bought the story hook, line and sinker. Why? Yes, I was captivated by the black guy going for president and who was saying the right things.

Barack Obama came to the presidency because of a grave error on Hillary Clinton's part. Weeks before the Super Tuesday, when she was ahead in the polls and it was obvious that Obama, the black candidate, was floundering, she made what I thought was the terrible error of trying to kill the goose. She made a statement about being under fire in Kosovo. Anybody remember that statement? That statement killed her bid overnight and spurred Obama into the lead, and he never looked back for two terms.


It was something he said on the night he won: that he was president for all Americans and I now realise what he means.

Barack Obama has not changed the status quo of African-Americans. Indeed, I have heard complaints that their condition has gotten worse. The killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Gardner and so many others by United Stated law-enforcement agents went unpunished as a president HID himself in the White House.

I think Obama has more respect and honour for white people that he has for black people and that is why Washington has changed him, although he claims he went to Washington to change it. Yes, he has brought back the economy, just as Bill Clinton did, and many other good stuff happened. But he will still leave a legacy from which his daughters may become victims one day: an unequal United States.

Mark Trought