Excuse Me Mr. President: 5 Questions Black America Needs Answered
During today's hangout with Obama, he should touch on these topics
President Barack Obama will take questions at 5:30 p.m. EST in his first-ever virtual interview via a “Hangout” on the social networking site Google+.
YouTube and Google+ reported some 1.6 million votes were cast on 133,220 questions to President Obama submitted by 227,992 people.
Here are a few questions black America -- among whom Obama enjoys an approval rating in the 80th percentile -- would like to see get asked.
Black unemployment is dangerously high, with a national average about 16 percent. Would you support legislation that mandated companies interview black applicants?
If the black unemployment rate is getting worse, while the national rate is about 8.5 percent, doesn’t it behoove the president to take drastic measures? He touts improvements in the auto industry. Yet, from 2007 to 2010 black unemployment doubled in cities like Detroit, Milwaukee and Cleveland and there has been little recovery in lockstep with the improvements nationally.
Though it is highly unusual for presidents to intervene in the eleventh hour of death penalty cases, critics say you should have stepped in during the Troy Davis case. What is your philosophy when it comes pardons and can the American people expect the pardons of high-profile cases like Mumia Abdul Jamal, or Angela Davis?
The analysis is pretty simple here. Many of the pardons issued by the president thus far have been people who were only given probation for drug offenses. He was criticized early for not using his power, and was said to be among the slowest Democratic presidents to do so. Presidents do not typically talk publicly about pardons
The Justice Department blocked a Voter ID law that would have made it difficult for some voters, many of them voters of color, to vote. Obviously the Justice Department acts only as the president desires, but did you view measures in the proposed laws as racist or discriminatory?
It would be interesting to hear from the president on this topic because it's widely believed that Republicans pushed to pass the laws in South Carolina to oppose the president and his policies. The Justice Department's decision was lauded mostly by the president's supporters.
Why hasn’t the West, mainly the United States, done more to stem the tide of famine in East Africa that has claimed the lives of between 50,000 and 100,000 in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia
Obama's ties to Kenya are well-known. While we do not know the level of involvement in relief efforts nothing has been publicized, this would give the president an opportunity to impart some knowledge about what the White House's position is on relief efforts around the globe. Now that we know inaction caused most of the deaths, are the richest countries in the world partially responsible for not acting sooner?
Talk Back! What would you like to ask the president if given the chance?