Your Black World reports.
While there have been a long list of critics who were disappointed with President Obama's decision to tell black people to "stop complaining" at the Congressional Black Caucus convention last week, one of his supporters is saying that he's right. Rev. Al Sharpton said that President Obama was right in all that he said to the crowd last week during his controversial speech.
"I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We've got work to do, CBC," Obama said during his speech.
"He said this is what I've done, and it helps blacks and helps the county and now let's get to work," Sharpton said.
"It's important to remind people who may be discouraged, don't compare him to the Almighty, compare him to the alternative."
Sharpton is one of President Obama's strongest supporters, saying during a 60 Minutes interview that he would never criticize the president. His close relationship with the Obama Administration has led some to say that it contrasts with his role as a civil rights advocate.
There are others who disagree with Sharpton about Obama. While President Obama told African Americans to stop complaining in the middle of the highest unemployment rates in the country, he has never used similar language toward any other group, including gays, Jews, Labor Unions or Hispanics.
Rep Maxine Waters had this to say: I’m not sure who the president was addressing. I found that language a bit curious,” Waters said. “The president spoke to the Hispanic Caucus… he certainly didn’t tell them to stop complaining and he never would say that to the gay and lesbian community who really pushed him on don’t ask don’t tell or even in a speech to APEC, he would never say to the Jewish community stop complaining about Israel."Ordinary (African-American voters) are hurting and want action, but they are not going to abandon ship and are not the ones who are all but saying (Obama) sold-out," said a Democratic staffer for a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. "That's coming from people who didn't back Obama from the start."