Clarence V. McKee, president of McKee Communications and former NAACP official, wrote an op-ed for NewsMax
in which he averred that Barack Obama’s “legacy and accomplishment” was his election as the nation’s first black president. But for black Americans, wrote McKee, “it has been downhill ever since, from ‘Yes we can’ to ‘No he didn’t.’"
While admitting that black Americans felt a “certain pride” that a black man had been elected to the highest office in the land, McKee wrote that they had “high hopes” that issues such as “black youth, violent crime, and gang-terrorized cities” would be addressed by the Obama administration.
“White Americans felt and hoped that his election signaled a new ‘post-racial’ America,” McKee wrote. “For many whites, especially many in the media, his election gave them a ‘thrill up the leg’ showing that they and the country were not racist. He would bring America, black and white, rich and poor, together.”
“Both were duped,” McKee opined..
McKee pointed out that in a Black Enterprise magazine interview, Obama asserted that he was not the “not the President of Black America; I am the President of the United States of America."
All the same, wrote McKee, Obama “has not hesitated to be president of: gay rights and same-sex marriage America; extreme environmentalists and climate change America; open borders America; and protect the ‘dreamers’ — children born to illegal immigrants — America.”
McKee noted that even liberals have admitted that black Americans have lost ground over the last 10 years. For example, media commentator Tavis Smiley once said, "Sadly — and it pains me to say this — under the last decade, black folk, in the era of Obama, have lost ground in every major category." Black Americans apparently recognize this: An August 2016 poll showed that 52 percent of black Americans believed that Obama had not gone far enough to help them, “up from 20 percent during the 2008 campaign and 32 percent his first year in office.”
McKee criticized Obama for using Attorney General Eric Holder and their “race-baiting allies to play the race card at every opportunity. Question his motives and you were either a racist or, if black, an Uncle Tom.” But through expressions of empathy for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, for instance, or recalling his own experience of racism, served to solidify wavering support among black Americans despite “his failure to do little else for that community.”
In conclusion, McKee wrote that both black and white Americans were “bamboozled.”