POTUS is making it clear through his initiatives that he’s concerned about the African-American community.

By Angela T. Rye
Posted: 01/30/2015 02:57 PM EST

Last Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union Address. The president gave an outstanding and confident speech, which included his now infamous drop-the-mic comment, “I have no more campaigns to run…. I know because I won both of them.” President Obama not only reminded the country about why we voted for him, he also strategically laid out a robust legislative agenda that demonstrated his inability to become a typical, lame duck president.

The president delivered an economic speech — a path forward for Americans to pursue and achieve the American Dream — but he also covered topics ranging from terrorism and Cuba to climate change and women’s rights. The president gave many examples demonstrating that the state of our union is stronger than ever.

But what about the state of Black America? During and after the speech, we saw Black Twitter engage in a heated debate about whether the SOTU was black enough. My question is, what would make the president’s address “black enough”? What are the metrics used to determine whether he’s satisfied that requirement? Is it a similarly shared gut feeling? Or is it outcome-driven? As a Black man who is constantly stepping into new territory (after all, he did step into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW as commander in chief), President Obama is a trailblazer for dealing creatively and constructively with race and racism. With statements like “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” and much needed initiatives like My Brother’s Keeper, he is clearly addressing challenges that have plagued this country for years.

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