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February 16th, 2009
05:39 PM ET

African-Americans could see stimulus

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Pamela Gentry
BET.com

When President Obama signs the $787 billion stimulus package into law Tuesday, Black Americans could see the impact in their communities — sooner rather than later. But it’s not a magic bullet; some things take more time.

Last week Black lawmakers made a point to express their pleasure with the spirit of the final bill even with some minor cuts to favored programs. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) said, the package remains “the largest economic stimulant in history.”

And the dollars in it will be welcome back home. “We lined up the initial package with the needs of the people we represent then we measured it along with what we were able to give them. The people we represent can feel comfortable with this package. What we wanted in this package is what made it.”

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  1. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    The package needs to impact on "all Americans"--leave the race card out--please.

    February 17, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  2. eual

    What about the rest of the poor folks that need help .I thought our new prez preached about CHANGE here we go with the one sided views again
    And if the head line read White-Americans could see stimulus how long would it take for Jackson /Sharpton to show up to protest about the head line .dont get me wrong i think black /white (Americans) should get the help they need but put the money in the right hands.

    February 17, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  3. Kevin Austin

    No matter what I love our great nation...

    February 17, 2009 at 3:16 am |
  4. Kevin Austin

    Well we know that the economy needs a boost. But we as a nation must do our part and invest in this great nation.......speaking about the cheap rich people! We have a great country spend ya money here and not elsewhere!

    February 17, 2009 at 3:15 am |
  5. LaTorya Ceruti

    The article states that the President focused his tax cuts on the poor and middle class. Why do you associate African Americans with poor? There are white collar/professional African Americans too. Everyone is feeling the hurt of this recession. Don't make this a race thing. Thank you President Obama for considering the least of us all.

    February 17, 2009 at 1:54 am |
  6. Andrew

    I'm seriously tired of all of this racial rhetoric. WE ARE AMERICANS, HUMANS. To many people ask questions like "Why do we argue (or discuss) this minutia?" Drop it already. We need to deal with the problems like minimum sentencing, and forget what color Obama is, or what religion he stands with. He's an AMERICAN MAN... forget the rest of it.

    February 17, 2009 at 1:03 am |
  7. dbl.r , West Coast

    I`m an african american and I have to say that this artical makes the recovery re- investment bill look as though " Black Americans " will be the largest receipents of this bill. And that assumption will be used over and over again by the likes of Rush " the druggie " Limbaugh, Sean Hannity , and the rest of those talking heads , including those on CNN. Not to mention the GOP, with their small and idiotic ways of thinking . I`d suggest to Ms. Pamela Gentry , that the way she portrays the disbursement of these funds makes it appear as though african americans will benefit most , just by virtue of the fact that President Obama is also African American .
    Also , I`m sure it has`nt gone un-noticed that , B.E.T., in the person of you Ms. Gentry , has been added to the growing number of " talking heads "....... As well as , Essence Magazine`s entrance .......

    February 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Miriam C

    heee...heee....this is a pathetic life for Presidents !!! Seriously, it is a punished which they have worked so hard to get for 2 years !!!! Who would want to live like this for 4 years and what a torture for growing children – as it is we alll look at them as if they are in a curio cabin – to worse still they fly in some fish-like helicopter ....
    I think they can come with us in the business class – we can give the entire business class seats to them – the economy class can exit and board through the other doors – but this is crazy – an entire plane for one person and catering to one life – seriously, if I was president I will open the door mid air and jump out !!!

    February 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  9. Miriam C

    Randy, dont you think it is the wind? Even when you are on cruise control and it rains badly and there is a blizard, surely your car skids. Even without cruise , the car is going to skid – I wonder whether it was the icing – well, we have flights to so many colder places !!!

    February 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  10. Miriam C

    See, even when we shop if coke is sold in a shop for 3.99, we will surely buy it – just because it is on a lower rate the mass buyers will surely buy it once it is in the market – same goes for weapons – how is that so many people are making weapons? Doesnt the government know this? Only government sealed weapons should be sold – even that I hope we come with something that will tanquile a person rather than taking the life completely ...but certain things should be only government property and not done locally.

    February 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Miriam C

    NO MORE WAR – End of story.
    It is the duty of each President to work with UN and take a decision to either look with permission at the army/navy/airforce base of each country – either we have good work etiquettes and maintain our responsibilty to our country and also respect life that belongs to another country – Just like how we have 'air space' or boundary in the ocean, like international waters , I think it is each human's lives duty to be a good father/mother/citizen – they all need to get back home – Life is too short to be living on other persons soil while the entire sky is open to do whatever we please !!! Might as well come home and be with the family. All these Nuclear weapons has to be shutdown for the safety of not only their citizens , but it is really not worth – be it chinese or Afgan doesnt matter, John – it is finally a life that needs to see the next day !!!! Because we have these weapons, there is a competition to make high quality machines finally loosing the value of human life – a constant battle to do better than the other countries makes no sense – all the countries need to stop these activities – all the soldiers need to go home – very limited range guns can be given for local use – increase security at the airports – for international travellers whether it is 4 hours for security that is perfectly fine. But again, there is only so much as humans we can do – only so much of bagage check can be done – increase security just so we have a clear consciousness. All these local pop-and-mom stores selling weapons needs to be closed all over the world – only each government weapons should be sold for government officers – these local stores have to be closed. Because of these stores we dont know whether a commoner is having a gun – hence it is difficult to differentiate in some countries as to who is the police and who is the person with the wrong weapons – this local stores have to be closed. We have to treat weapons as hazardous material and should be only in the hands of authorised personnels.

    February 16, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  12. Miriam C

    I hope there is no 'republican', 'democrat' when you are deciding for the betterness of the people. I guess it should be a 'nay' or 'yes' and we go from there – we need valid reasons if someone is going to oppose a decision and I guess it is the responsibility of the officers bearers elected by the President to listen to both sides with valid information before they take a decision – I am not sure why we need a party name when all you want is a decision !!!

    Is everyone alright today?

    February 16, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Why would anyone in their right mind put an article in the newspaper with this headline? People are already in an uproar. Don't make proverty a division in race because it's not. There are poor people of all races in this country and they all need help. So stop playing word and mind games and do the work to get this country in order. We the people our not stupid and playing word games is only making the people saying it and displaying look like idiots.

    February 16, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  14. Timothy Gibson

    The African American community is not the only community in dire straights with our current economic crisis. Job create has to be about jobs, not skin color, nor should it be regulated to blue or white collar workers. This is an American issue, not an ethnic one.

    February 16, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  15. Annie Kate

    There are poor people of other races suffering too – I hope this bill will help them too. I also hope that there is job creation on the white collar level as well – a lot of folks that have gotten laid off have been white collar/professional people and there aren't any jobs for them either.

    February 16, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  16. Femi Deen

    Government should refinance all mortgages to 3% – 5% interest rate on home & commercial properties also on other bank loans. This will bust the rate people spend money which in turn energize the economy. Also State & City should reduce more of there outrageous taxes and other increment.

    February 16, 2009 at 8:08 pm |
  17. concern/denver Colorado

    i really like the part of transportation between Nv and Ca becasue if it works ..that is something that can work in many cities for short trips ..which would avoid the use of those planes and all that oil they run off of ..and a lot safer ...no more falling planes like that 3407 ..you could just hop on a train ...That is a move toward the 21st century ..which the repubulicans just do not get ...and building those trains around the united states will create jobs ...and bring about new jobs for the future ....but repubulicans keep looking backwards instead of moving forward

    February 16, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  18. Teresa, OH

    Hmmm, I just might be moving soon.... "Missouri, Cleaver’s state could see an estimated 70,000 new jobs; South Carolina 50,000; and New York 215,000"

    The article doesnt make sense, people dont make sense. The Rep says" people are working hard every day and cant pay thier bills."...

    So, if that is true, why is he so excited about the supposed new jobs?
    What if they dont pay any more than the old jobs the people are working so hard at? New jobs... hmmmm.

    February 16, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  19. Marvin

    I'm happy that everyone will benefit from this stimulus. I would like to see people who have had it rough with their credit in the past but finacially stable now and can afford a nice house but because of things that are on my credit...itls hard to get anything....I wonder why there hasn't been anything to soften up credit this way...

    February 16, 2009 at 6:51 pm |