National Review's Misguided Attempt To Cast Obama's Policies As "Anti-Black"

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NRO editor and Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock criticized President Obama for advocating policies that allegedly hurt African-Americans ignoring that the African-American unemployment rate is at a five-year low. 

In May, the black unemployment rate fell to 11.6 percent, down from 12.7 percent since President Obama took office and at its lowest lowest point in five years.

Instead of highlighting the achievement, Murdock criticized Obama in a May 16 post for the National Review Online, going so far as to ask whether Obama's policies are "anti-black":


Murdock claimed that "black Americans are worse off under Obama," citing Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data to highlight Obama's "devastating impact on black Americans." Murdock hid Obama's success reducing unemployment, opting to focus on the labor force participation rate rather than "more sanguine unemployment numbers":

Obama's somewhat more sanguine unemployment numbers, such as they are, seem less about job growth and more about people simply abandoning the workforce -- whereupon they conveniently exit the unemployment rate. The more revealing labor-force-participation rate [removed link] thus fell from 65.7 percent in January 2009 to 62.8 percent last month, a portrait of disengagement last witnessed in March 1978. For black adults, that number slipped from 63.2 to 60.9 percent. While 29.6 percent of blacks aged 16 to 19 were working when Obama took power, only 27.9 percent were employed last month.

 Inflation-adjusted median household income fell across America, from $53,285 in 2009 to $51,017 in 2012, the most recent Census Bureau data indicate. Blacks slid, too, from $34,880 to $33,321 -- and at a much lower income level.


In light of this dismal record, about the best that Obama can say to black Americans is, "Nothing personal." Obama's focus on resentment and redistribution -- rather than robust growth -- has failed the entire country, not just black folks.

Also, these sad statistics do not capture the intangible humiliation of watching America's first black president expose himself as a lazy, incompetent liar.

But Murdock's assertion that Obama's policies hurt black Americans disproportionately doesn't hold water. A chart provided by Murdock himself showed that black Americans experienced an economic decline proportional to whites in almost every category in the wake of the U.S. recession: 

Right-wing media continue to smear President Obama's record, despite his ongoing efforts to strengthen the African-American community.

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