Politics And The African American Community


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Politics And The African American Community

  1. 1. Politics and the African-American Community <ul><li>The Choice Was Ours </li></ul><ul><li>Irvin Pedro Cohen </li></ul><ul><li>1 st and 25 </li></ul>
  2. 2. What Does It Mean To Be A Democrat or a Republican <ul><li>Famous Republicans </li></ul><ul><li>Fredrick Douglas </li></ul><ul><li>Colin Powell </li></ul><ul><li>Martin Luther King Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>Ida B. wells </li></ul><ul><li>Famous Democrats </li></ul><ul><li>Barack Obama </li></ul><ul><li>Oprah Winfrey </li></ul><ul><li>Bob Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>Jay Z </li></ul>
  3. 3. Political Stances and the Black community <ul><ul><li>Democrats </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education - Obama will make college affordable for all Americans by creating a new American Opportunity Tax Credit. This universal and fully refundable credit will ensure that the first $4,000 of a college education is completely free for most Americans, and will cover two-thirds the cost of tuition at the average public college or university and make community college tuition completely free for most students. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy - Obama will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills. This relief would be a down payment on Obama’s long-term plan to provide middle-class families with at least $1,000 per year in permanent tax relief. </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Policy - Obama will provide job training, substance abuse and mental health counseling to ex-offenders, so that they are successfully re-integrated into society. Obama will also create a prison-to-work incentive program to improve ex-offender employment and job retention rates. </li></ul><ul><li>Republicans </li></ul><ul><li>Education - The existing tax benefits are too complicated, and many eligible families don’t claim them. By simplifying the existing benefits, I can ensure that a greater number of families have a lower tax burden when they are helping to send their children to college. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy - The current federal moratorium on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf stands in the way of energy exploration and production. John McCain believes it is time for the federal government to lift these restrictions and to put our own reserves to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic Policy - Among the most glaring abuses in Washington is the willful setting aside of taxpayer dollars for the pet projects of special interests, often through last minute additions to appropriations bills. Pork barrel spending is an insult to taxpayers, a waste of public resources, and an abdication of our leaders' responsibility to be good and honorable stewards of the public treasury, for the benefit of all Americans, not just a few. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Global Grind Generation vs. The Civil Rights Generation <ul><li>Are We Prepared </li></ul><ul><li>To Take </li></ul><ul><li>The Weight </li></ul>
  5. 5. Global grind generation vs. the civil rights generation <ul><li>Civil Rights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women’s rights </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Globalization </li></ul><ul><li>Energy and the Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Rights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Policy </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Does President Obama Mean To The African American Men, Relationships, Families and the Greater Community?
  7. 7. What Does President Obama Mean For African American Men <ul><li>Redefined who African-American men were and are both globally and domestically </li></ul><ul><li>It said that we were intelligent articulate </li></ul><ul><li>It dispelled the notion that all African-American men were in jail or dead. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What Does President Obama Mean For African American relationships <ul><li>It said that the state of African-American male and female relationships were in tact </li></ul><ul><li>It said that intelligent sisters can and will support their men </li></ul><ul><li>It said that there is NOTHING brother’s can’t do with a good sisters support </li></ul>
  9. 9. What Does President Obama Mean For African American Families <ul><li>It suggested that our nuclear family units were still in tact </li></ul><ul><li>It said that African-American men did take care of their children </li></ul><ul><li>It also said that not all of us cheated on our women and had children out of wedlock </li></ul>
  10. 10. What Does President Obama Mean For African American Communities <ul><li>It says that our children can collectively become anything they want to be </li></ul><ul><li>It says that as a global grind generation is ready to step up and take the weight of our communities </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a tribute to the power of prayer in our collective community </li></ul>
  11. 11. Politics and the African-American Community <ul><li>Closing Comments </li></ul><ul><li>And </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>