Obama Presents Urban Agenda - MSM Totally IGORES IT

Senator Obama was in Hampton, VA yesterday at the Hampton University's Annual Minister's Conference.

Barack Obama gave a MAJOR POLICY speech yesterday...did you know that? If you don't know, I'm not surprised, because of how the 'Mainstream' Media did NOT report on the substance of the speech - AT ALL.

This the Mainstream Media's Account of Obama's speech yesterday.

Obama Warns of 'Quiet Riot' Among Blacks
HAMPTON, Va. (June 5) - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a "quiet riot" among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago.

The first-term Illinois senator said that with black people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast still displaced 20 months after Hurricane Katrina , frustration and resentments are building explosively as they did before the 1992 riots.

"This administration was colorblind in its incompetence," Obama said at a conference of black clergy, "but the poverty and the hopelessness was there long before the hurricane .

"All the hurricane did was to pull the curtain back for all the world to see," he said.

Obama's attack on Bush got ovation after ovation from the nearly 8,000 people gathered in Hampton University's Convocation Center, particularly when he denounced the Iraq war and noted that he had opposed it from the outset.

Repeatedly, he referred to the riots that erupted in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers of assault charges in the 1991 beating of Rodney King, a black motorist, after a high speed chase. Fifty-five people died and 2,000 were injured in several days of riots in the city's black neighborhoods.

"Those 'quiet riots' that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths," Obama said. "They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better."

He argued that once a hurricane hits or a jury renders a not guilty verdict, "the frustration is there for all to see."

Obama, who is bidding to become the first black president, took the stage after a succession of ministers repeatedly brought the crowd to its feet, singing, praying and swaying to music.

They just love to put RIOT with the Black man, don't they?

The thinkonthings blogger has a different POV.

Obama Warns of Black 'Quiet Riots'? How the Media Misleads Americans

The media should be ashamed of themselves for putting out headlines that this speech was about "Barack Obama Warning of Blacks' `Quiet Riots.'" It was absolutely nothing close. While the speech emphasizes faith, hope, miracles, progress, and unity, the mainstream media is spinning it as being about division, unrest, and impending turmoil. Shame on the mainstream media for working against the unity and progress of the American people. The full speech of what Obama actually said is below.....

I agree with the thinkonthings...this is a blatant distortion of the speech. In fact, the reporter misses just how important this speech IS.

If you READ the ACTUAL SPEECH, you will see that it is about hope. It is about, no matter how bleak things get, somehow, in the most unexpected places, you can find a glimmer of hope. It's almost bizarre how life works out that way.

Obama's speech wasn't about violence. It was about how we, as a society, need to fix the problems that lead to the Riots of 1992. That when you ignore wholesale parts of the society, how can you be surprised, after being beaten day after day, the 'broken' can't take it anymore, and react in the only way that they believe will get them the attention that had been refused for years upon years.

The beginning of his speech is about a baby born during the L.A. Riots, that had been shot - in the womb, but miraculously, wasn't seriously hurt, and the only marker of it would be a permanent scar to the arm.

In this speech, Obama talks about:

  1. SUPPORTING parents with young children
  2. A nurse/parent program for low-income mothers to give them pre-natal health care that too many lack
  3. Creating a Youth Service Corps
  4. Supporting EX-Offenders with a ' Second Chance Act'
  5. A Prison-to-work program
  6. Investing in transitional jobs to help the homeless and disaffected veterans
  7. Investing in transportation to help the low income bridge the 'transportation gap' that too many poor workers have, with regards to getting to the jobs outside of urban areas
  8. Helping minority owned business
  9. Affordable health care

Simply put, it was THE speech that many of Obama's Black critics have been waiting for from him. For all those who have been asking, 'What about an Urban agenda?'


THIS is one of the major speeches of Obama. As important as his speech in Detroit. As important as his speech on Foreign Relations.

THIS is going to be the core of Barack Obama's ' Urban Agenda.'

And, THE ONLY THING that the 'mainstream' media can pick up about it, is ' QUIET RIOT'?

I will not say that I am surprised, but it doesn't mean that I'm not angry.

After all, Obama putting out substance about an Urban Agenda would be too much for them to handle.

Of course, the only thing that they can do is attach, and DISTORT the entire context of the phrase ' Quiet Riot', instead of dealing with what Obama felt were the beginning of the SOLUTIONS to these problems.

So, don't tell me that race isn't involved with the coverage of Obama. Don't tell me that if ANY other candidate had given the speech that Obama gave, the Mainstream Media wouldn't be talking about the URBAN AGENDA put forth in the meat of the speech, and that the 'quiet riot' phrase would have been but a component of the speech - NOT THE FRIGGING HEADLINE.

The headline for OTHER candidates would be " SoandSo Presents Plan for Urban America".

Today, we would be debating the MERITS of Said Candidate's proposals....which is what SHOULD be happening with Senator Obama.

Instead, I'm here writing to try and get out the word that there WERE proposals of an Urban Agenda.

What's wrong with this picture?

Related Articles:

"Obama Warns of Blacks Quiet Riots"? How the Media Mislead Americans

Why Tucker Carlson is a Disingenuous Punk

Mainstream Media Promotes Racial and Class Disharmony on Obama and `Quiet Riots'

Obama: Bush Has Neglected Looming `Riot' Among Blacks

Obama: Black unrest brewing

Tags: Barack Obama, mainstream media, Urban Agenda (all tags)



Re: Obama Presents Urban Agenda

Thank you for this dairy - this is exactly the kind of policy proposals I want to be hearing from Obama. I understand that he may be hesitant to focus on "urban" issues out of fear of losing his mainstream status (and being relegated to just the "black" candidate), but we need to hear more of this from him.

Couple this with Edwards' focus on rural poverty, and you have a pretty comprehensive approach to dealing with poverty, in all its forms.

by LandStander 2007-06-06 02:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Presents Urban Agenda

Edwards plan is not a "rural poverty" plan it is a comprehensive plan to deal with ALL poverty here and across the world.

Maybe you should review:
http://johnedwards.com/about/issues/pove rty/

I am glad that Obama is talking about poverty - it is one of the most important issues facing our nation today.

I would argue that at least he got media attention about it - Edwards has been talking about this issue for years and it has been the cornerstone of his campaign and the MSM will hardly give him the time of day - unless it is to talk about a stupid haircut.

I concur with most everyone here - I sure wish we could just talk about issues - compare and contrast each of the candidates policies on their merits.

It would be great to see a comparison of Edward's and Obama's stances on how to deal with poverty.

by DuncanB 2007-06-06 07:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Presents Urban Agenda

He hasn't been hesitant to talk about urban issues.  This speech is basically the same one he delivered on May 5th at the National Conference of Black Mayors

by dougdilg 2007-06-06 03:42PM | 0 recs
un frackin believable

Anyone have contact information for this character? I'd like to give him a piece of my mind.

by Dan Ancona 2007-06-06 04:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Presents Urban Agenda - MSM Totally IGOR

CNN's been all over it this evening.  I only half-watched the coverage, but it didn't seem positive.  Looked to me like they were trying to portray him as pandering to black voters.  But don't quote me on that, like I said I didn't see much.  

God, I detest CNN.  

by NicholasWalter 2007-06-06 05:04PM | 0 recs
They're ignoring serious stuff, not Obama himself.

Now the Obama supporters will come to realize that the 'rockstar' buzz that created the pop culture sensation that has been Barack Obama cuts multiple ways.

Sucks we can't have a campaign about issues, ideas, and vision.  

by Peter from WI 2007-06-06 05:26PM | 0 recs

I wonder where liquid coal fits in to his urban agenda.

by Vox Populi 2007-06-06 05:27PM | 0 recs

My god, could you lay off it!  He presents a good positive urban agenda and all you have to say for yourself is "liquid coal."

I don't think there is anyone that thinks it is an amazing thing that he supports liquid coal.  You are kinda beating a dead horse.

Your knee jerk reaction to anything that might be construed as good in another candidate to say, "Ah yes, but they aren't perfect..." is pathetic.  I think most Obama supporters would be willing to admit that John Edwards has a good UHC Plan.  We wouldn't argue against his UHC plan by saying, "Yes, but he coauthored the bill that led to the Iraq war."  It is a pathetic excuse for an argument.

Please, read his speech.  Come back and post an intelligent and on topic reason why you are opposed to this speech, these proposals.  Saying, "I wonder where liquid coal fits in to his urban agenda," doesn't count as an on topic post.  Please, try to not suck so much.

by Obama08 2007-06-06 06:10PM | 0 recs

What I'm saying is what does it matter what his urban agenda is if a bill he is currently the main sponsor of would dramatically increase pollution in those urban environments.

It's all interconnected.

by Vox Populi 2007-06-06 06:25PM | 0 recs

For the sake of the silent majority, please stop.

We get it.  The whole world gets it.  The independent voters on Mars get it.  You're angry about CTL.  Fine.  You want to post more diaries about it? Also fine.

But it's not related to this issue and comments like this are the worst part about this place.  Every comment thread turns into the same 10 people arguing about the same issues that they will never convince each other about.

...But Obama supports CTL.  But he says it has to be carbon neutral.  But his bill doesn't do that.  But he supports a CO2 cap.  But he's not a leader.  But Edwards voted for the war.  But Obama voted to fund it.  But Obama voted to cut off the funding.  But he didn't lead the effort to cut off the funding... and on and on and on...

It's all absurd, and means that I probably miss a lot of interesting comments from people because I start wholesale ignoring any diary or post that veers in this direction.

by Baldrick 2007-06-07 08:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Presents Urban Agenda

Although I agree with you that they're more likely to distort what Obama has to say on this subject, I think the MSM is likely to ignore what any of the candidates say about urban issues.  It's not sexy, it's not what the chattering care about, even though it's vital to our economy, our future and our values as Americans.

by filby 2007-06-06 06:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Presents Urban Agenda - MSM Totally IGOR
I'm really interested in his 2nd qtr numbers. The MSM has been pretty one dimensional with his coverage. He's come out with at least 4 proposals of substance and thought to not much notice other than to criticize. His poll numbers seem to be declining and he's getting bashed more often. So I'm anxious to see if it's across the board. How he weathers one of many storms to come.
He doesn't sugar coat much. Heard this before,his Urban Agenda,it's pretty much to the point and all concerned aspects. Slowly but surely he's showing more than flash.
by g1967 2007-06-06 06:36PM | 0 recs
Praise for Obama

As an Edwards supporter, I really like this from Obama.  Urban issues have been ignored for too long, because everyone is clamoring to win over the suburban middle class.  I especially like the focus on transportation issues.  Localities need federal help to build transportation systems because they either don't have the tax base or they don't have the political support to raise taxes to pay for these programs.

by KickinIt 2007-06-06 07:05PM | 0 recs
Obama must be inexperienced

1) Don't give a "MAJOR SPEECH" (caps yours not mine) on the same day as a Republican debate and expect big coverage.

2) Are any "MAJOR" speeches ever given in Hampton, VA?

3) Reeeal big surprise - someone hitting Bush over Katrina. "MAJOR" news there.

by dpANDREWS 2007-06-06 07:14PM | 0 recs
Good diary.

MSM bias is nothing new.  Post debate spin is a classic example and now Obama "wants black people to riot."  What?  Tell the MSM to get a life.

by lovingj 2007-06-06 07:44PM | 0 recs
Re: What did he think was going to happen?

What did he think was going to happen?  A black politician talking about urban riots.  Of course the media is going to go to the most hackneyed convenient narrative to frame its coverage.

Is it possible that Obama is media-savvy enough to know this and is trying to shore up support from black urban leaders?

by justinh 2007-06-07 04:08AM | 0 recs
Good speech. But Obama needs to be persistent

From the links, I see some in the MSM has covered it. Newsday is not a part of the MSM?

MSM ignores a lot of things. What Obama needs do to is keep at it. Have his PR folk be persistent in relaying these messages. He should be saying this stuff in debates or tv interviews with the MSM. He should be having an outreach to bloggers who can spread this message.

When Obama accompanies Lieberman to New Orleans, he seemed sincere. But he did not seem to be able to do anything extraordinary. When a black man shouted in protest at a meeting presided by him, Lieberman and others, I can understand a moron like LIeberman standing still, but Obama too just sat there staring at the guy. He could have defused the situation by hearing him out and asking security to let him vent. That could have been a moment for him to interject and create a good personal and media moment.

by Pravin 2007-06-07 05:31AM | 0 recs
MyStylPlx: leave your personal agenda home

I dont care if you disagree with me on this comment. But dont be like a Dkos troll and start rating comments zeros just because you disagree with it. Zeros and even ones are for troll comments.

I am in no danger of getting troll rated here. So your rating means nothing. But I do not want to see this become common practice here and have comments ratings fights like at dkos.

by Pravin 2007-06-08 06:43AM | 0 recs
Re: MyStylPlx: leave your personal agenda home

I have no idea how I rated that comment a zero. I must have clicked in the box or tabbed to it, then spun the mouse wheel or something.

Sorry. I certainly didn't intentionally rate that comment at all.

by Mystylplx 2007-06-08 08:12AM | 0 recs
Re: MyStylPlx: leave your personal agenda home

I should have checked your history. heh heh. I thought you were probably an oversensitive supporter.

Not to worry. it's cool.

by Pravin 2007-06-08 08:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Presents Urban Agenda - MSM Totally IGOR

I concur with most everyone here - I sure wish we could just talk about issues - compare and contrast each of the candidates policies on their merits. - DuncanB

Sucks we can't have a campaign about issues, ideas, and vision. - Peter from WI

The issue here is not to marginalize Senator Obama per se, although that is a pleasant by-product of the coverage, it is to dismiss his or any other candidate's agenda that talks about reapportioning the tax-cuts and record profits of the wealthy to help the poor. This is another of the many cases when race and class intersect. The overriding issue in America is not race, it is class. The reason it appears to be racial is of course the history of slavery and racism, but the average man black or white has more in common than either is able to admit. As long as the wealthy can continue to foster division between the races they have no fear of any change to the status quo. As long as they are able to convince whites to believe that no matter how bad things are for them, they will always be better than blacks they can keep the racial division and thus keep power. I applaud the Senator when he speaks of creating a new culture, but I realistically doubt it coming to fruition. The seeds of fear, mistrust, and false superiority are too deep between the races not only in America, but worldwide to be easily brushed aside.

As has been stated it is not only Senator Obama whose "urban agenda" has been under or falsely reported, but any other candidate that promotes any real change. Of course it is easier to push the panic buttons with him because of his race, but make no mistake it wouldn't matter what color he is if he is talking about redistribution of wealth, it is not going to be covered fairly if at all.

it demonstrates that when you venture into presidential politics the scrutiny and the inspections get a lot more detailed. I don't think anyone can prepare themselves for this type of public undressing. I wish the senator well and I hope he is prepared, because it is going to be a long 9 months until Iowa and the other candidates haven't even begun to weigh in yet. Welcome to the big leagues senator!

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.- Martin Luther King

The Disputed Truth

by Forgiven 2007-06-07 06:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Presents Urban Agenda - MSM Totally IGOR

Is there a text of the speech somewhere?  I'm curious to read the whole thing.

by Baldrick 2007-06-07 08:08AM | 0 recs
by aiko 2007-06-07 08:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Presents Urban Agenda - MSM Totally IGOR

Ehh, any discussion of ending urban poverty and crime has to begin with a frank discussion of the success of the American War on Drugs.  A President is the only one who could realistically begin this discussion with the chance of actually policy changes.  Still, Obama's comments are welcome, imo.

by andy k 2007-06-07 08:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Presents Urban Agenda


But God some of you people on these sites are such huge pricks!!!!

by dlh77489 2007-06-07 03:01PM | 0 recs


Advertise Blogads