Congresswoman Says Obama Being Disrespected in Debt Negotiations Because He’s Black

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

It is one of the most controversial cards you can play.   Playing the race card is to engage in political battle. Specifically today, we are talking about how it applies to President Barack Obama.

The Hill reports that on Friday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, “strongly suggested that members of Congress are making it difficult for President Obama to raise the debt ceiling because of his race.” As she spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives, Jackson Lee specifically stated:

“I do not understand what I think is the maligning and maliciousness [toward] this president. Why is he different?…In the minority community, that is the question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully? Why has the debt limit been raised 60 times? Why did the leader of the Senate continually talk about his job is to bring the president down to make sure he is unelected?….I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president — only this one, only this one — has received the kind of attacks and disagreement and inability to work, only this one…. Read between the lines. What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills, something required by both statute and the 14th amendment?”

Jackson Lee rounded off the vocalization of her observations by stating that she hopes her eyes are wrong — that she hopes the President is not being treated differently because of the color of his skin. She is right when she says that many members of the black community ponder on the latter. Many African Americans would agree it is true that it appears that President Obama catches an exceptional amount of unwarranted flack in comparison with former presidents. It is also a fact that we will never have a definitive answer to our inquiries unless the perpetrators fess up. Considering that such an act is not likely to occur, it looks like we will forever wonder if the intellect and achievement of a black person will be able to overshadow the color of his or her skin.

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.


  • Derek Richardson

    I for one, is in compete agreement Rep. Lee.

  • gemini2ox

    YES !  I agree with Sheila Jackson Lee. They are giving Obama a hard time, because he is black!!!  The black community don’t have to “Ponder”  It ain’t no mystery. WE KNOW.  And if it look like a duck and walk like a duck and QUACK like a duck?!  HEY !! That’s a duck !

  • Kevin Adams

    I agree also , they really want Obama out of there asap..

  • gemini2ox

    Have you noticed that, the Klan and the White Supremacy groups, have been unusually quiet; since Obama came into office?  That’s because, they know that NOW, they have some Back Up!
    The Republicans!  And a few of the Democrats too.

    • Anonymous

      It is a two way street , the Klan , Neo-Nazi’s , white supremacist groups in general.
      They are tolerated because its their hole card. Do you think they would allow the New Black Panther Party , NOI, LA Rasa , to have training compounds , hold massive automatic weapon demonstrations out in the woods? Most of them calling themselves real americans and such. I wonder were they get thier weapons from  ? The majority of those org also do double duty as government imformants and drug traffickers. It ant no secret,  

  • nicole32

    i totally agree.

  • Iris Boyd

    Agreed.  They would rather see this economy go down than to let this black man tell them to do their job and govern for the benefit of this country.  They won’t even listen to their Wall Street and corporate masters who will be greatly affected if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by Aug. 2.

  • badgenome

    I agree with Shelia Jackson Lee! But only because I’m a complete retard like the rest of the commenters!

  • Anonymous

    The disrespect started before he was elected to office. You’re surprised? Really? After he was elected he’s been disrespected in the chambers of the House of Representative with Wilson shouting “You Lie!”, the questions about his heritage, his religion, his waterlow, making sure he’s a one-term president. All of this has been happening since day one. The president didn’t help matters by continue obsession with crossing the isle or trying to work with people who have no intentions on working with him. He should tell it like it is and not sugarcoat it. It is what it is and it’s no secret.

  • Senoj10

    …what is so unfortunate is that we are not confident in our own assessments of the “racial” connotations that we experience & see others experience unless “white” people acknowledge or ‘fess up to…we have been told over and over again that we are overeacting or too sensitive when we bring attention to racial discrimination…if it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, looks like a duck , it’s a ….

  • Gjacolby83

    I really hate to say this, but I agree with the Congresswoman. The only reason Mr. President is receiving this kind of treatment is because he is a black man. 

  • Anonymous

    What really get’s me is that after ALLLLL the hell he receives from these crypto-racists, he still wants to compromise and give up his progressive agenda all-together.. I mean hell, he has killed thousands of brown and black Afghani, Pakistani, Somali, Yemeni, Libyan people.. He gives unyielding support to the apartheid state of Israel. He has continued the Patriot Act. He has continued the Bush tax cuts. Drug war continues. Geez, Republicans.. that ain’t white enough for you!!

  • Albro62

    Here goes another Dem with memory loss!  Surely MS Lee, you have not forgotten the attacks on President Bush, right? You have also not forgotten that your friend NEVER voted to raise the debt limit in his short time in the Senate.
    Stop playing the race card. It seems the notification of the race card only comes from your side of the aisle. When, due to memory lapses, you don’t have any other answers, you always paly this card as if it is the only trump card in the deck.
    You cannot be serious that you are happy with the spending, right? You really believe that bankrupting this country and your grand-children with the future responsibility of paying for all this, while a few DEMS line their pockets, is the right way to go, can you?

    • LEROY A

      Black people always want to be the victim, never looking at the truth. Jackson Lee is a idiot and a joke to be a congreewoman. If whites stool behind their bad presidents like blacks we would still have Carter. Obama is worst.

  • Beverly

    Of course it’s race related how President Obama is being treated. I have even heard some Progressive radio talk show host, say this exact thing. The President is being disrespected because he’s black. And these talk show host are in term Caucasian.

    It’s obvious, what ever the President want, the right wings want the opposite. 

    • John Robichau

      So in that same light, when the world called Bush a bumbling fool, retarded, a moron, and the likes, was it because he was white? Sad truth is that was probably the case with black ppl, they hate bush. Road runs both way guys. Also, try to remember Bush did most of that bumbling on purpose.

      • Deetayi

        Black people didn’t hate Bush because he was white. They disliked the man because he was a liar(see Iraqi War), a bumbling idiot(see Katrina), and incompetent(see economy).

  • Gas Station Divas

    “President Obama catches an exceptional amount of unwarranted flack in comparison with former presidents.”–true, however, President Obama is grown—he captured the office of president based on God, his level of skill in politics and strategy. He is the best of his political kind. He can handle his.


    Obama is the perfect president, unemployment in the black community is under 4%, he has not increased the national debt, and he and the dems has completed an budget for two years in a row. Obama does not want amnestry for 20 to 30 illegals in the US and his 872 billion dollar stimulus did lower the unemployment rate and gave millions jobs. Obama did not past the biggest government spending in histroy and he did not force Obamacare down Americans throat. Obama raised more money on the campaign than any other president in histroy and is on track to do it again, why do black people think others are racist when they disagree with Obama, maybe because he is wrong you think?

  • David2001

    I hate it when black people like this writer uses the term “race card”. We as black people should NEVER use that term.  It’s used by whites who hold the entire deck to try to discredit black accusations of racism. It was invented by whites in the media and criminal justice system during the OJ Simpson spectacle to discredit black critics from calling out our racist law enforcement and justice system. 

    As far as Obama being disrespected because of race I would agree. But I would also agree that he and most black people knew what he was getting into when he ran for the office. I support the president but have little sympathy for him. In the years he’s been in office he has shown no concern or respect for black people including the congressional black caucus. He has shown more concern and respect for whites, gays, Latinos etc than he has for his staunch black supporters.  But yes I agree president Obama is being disrespected because of his race but don’t hold your breath waiting for the white news media to acknowledge that fact.

    The base of the republican party is racist and has been since the late 60s when the democrats supported the civil rights movement. What the republican party did was welcome all those racist whites into the fold with open arms who didn’t like the government support of civil rights or any rights for black people today. The teabaggers today are nothing more than the racist base of the republican party. The white news media doesn’t say this because they don’t see white racism as a threat to them. Plus financially it’ll cost them with white readers and viewers. If the teabaggers were to openly hate let’s say Jews, then and only then would the hatred be called for what it is. 

  • Toggledee

    It is not that he is black. People that I talk to could care less. Prez Obama wants to bring European style government to the US. If you dont understand that, educate yourself about Greece and Ireland and what they have done to themselves and those people are white. Remember Prez Obama value system comes from his white mother and family his father walked out on him. His mother was a peace corps volunteer, educate your self. This is much bigger than him being black.

  • Toggledee

    David 2001 you better check yourself on civil rights legislation, it was not the Democrats that brought that bill forward, it was a Republican named Eisenhower. When it was brought forward by him a Democrat named LBJ kept it from passing. I guess youve been thinking all your life Democrats where there for you. Educate yourself brother.

  • alisha santos

    The difficulty the president is having all could of been prevented if people would of gone out and voted for a democratic congress. I think what he is going through has nothing to do with the color of his skin its all about money and capitalism. Even if he was white the republicans still wouldnt want to give up their lavished vacations and fine food. They will never agree with helping out the working class citizens of our country. That’s the way its always been. More people of color ( blacks, latinos,etc.) need to get an education so we can work in higher positions so we don’t feel powerless against the so called ”white man”. And support people like Obama so the country can work in our favor.