Of leadership, hopes and expectations

  • Article by: Denise Johnson
  • Updated: January 18, 2009 - 7:42 AM

With America poised to inaugurate its first African-American president this week, we checked in with a group of community leaders about the status of black executives. The Star Tribune Editorial Board invited several recently installed African-American nonprofit directors to discuss issues of leadership, the presidential campaign and their expectations of soon-to-be president Barack Obama. Each has been in his or her current job for under one year, and all have had leadership experience either in corporate, government or nonprofit organizations. The panel included:

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lothlornJan. 18, 0911:34 AM

If He really wants to fix our country he needs to fix Free Trade.Put the Large tariffs back up.Give the people a huge tax cut.Make the outsourcing corporations pay the high tariffs.New American companies will arise.The International corporations will not be able to compete with the new American companies(even with slave labor) and will go where they belong(OUT OF BIZ).Good for starters huh?

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lothlornJan. 18, 0911:37 AM

Excuse my typo," President Obama" I intended to type on the title.

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howard43Jan. 18, 09 6:49 PM

I guess it takes a semi-black guy to be elected president to get black folks interested and to have "hope." Where was their pride when Clarence Thomas was named to the Supreme Court? Condaleeza Rice to Sec. of State? Obama was raised by his white mother and white grandparents after his black father abandoned him. Where is the pride in that?

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andflyJan. 18, 0911:26 PM

Regardless of the fact that President Elect Obama is not 100% Black does not mean that his election isn't history making not that Black people should not be proud. We have not had a president of color period. As someone whose children look like him and I look like his mother, let me tell you that the world is a different place for people of color in this country. It is incredibly hopeful for ALL people of color that someone who isn't White will lead this nation. For my children, it certainly affirms that they can be whatever they choose to be if they work hard and don't give up regardless of the fact that many people think they shouldn't even exist! I am very proud of this election because I know this country needs ALL its people to be the best they can be. We all benefit from that whatever our culture, color, or heritage.

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spencerJan. 18, 0911:26 PM

It takes a semi black, maybe citizen maybe not to raise a village. Pride only comes when it's accompanied by money or the hope of money. Odrama and his mantra of tightening our belts only pertains to everyone but him and his billion dollar inauguration, at our expense. Thank you president obama for leading by example.

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bdon83Jan. 19, 09 4:22 AM

I's frustrating how the Star Tribune would seek people for this panel who are not even connected to the African-American community. They might have black skin, but they are actually green. I can't say this for all but the few people I know on the panel are so wealthy that they spend all of their time enjoying their new social standing with the white man. Some of these people have shown no emphathy towards their black community and don't even associate with black people because they are now in a higher class. Apparently, Alexander's too busy shopping at Macy's and trying to blend in.

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cohodogJan. 19, 09 8:12 AM

I find it amusing that people with any sense actually believe Obama's going to change much. I am proud of the accomplishment of electing a 1/2 black 1/2 white man as president. But is he going to change anything? Is he going to get rid of the corrupt lobbying groups is he going to end the war sooner than later. Call me a cynic but in 4 years i hope that we still arent just celebrating the election of a black man. I hope in 4 years we celebrating a Stronger Healthier Happier more respectable UNITED States of America.

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callsigneelJan. 19, 09 9:23 AM

STOP with the hyphens! African-American. We don't say Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Indian-American, German-American.....WE ARE Americans! Stop the LIBeral bias! Your Black. Deal with it.

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Maybrick5Jan. 19, 0910:50 AM

But none of the panel acknowledges the fact that Barack could not have been elected if a majority of whites hadn't voted for him. Blacks vote for blacks 98% of the time. Not much diversity is there? It was white people who practiced diversity adn tolerance. There aren't enough black voters to elect a president. White voters, not black ones, put Barack in the Oval Office. So shouldn't the discussion revolve around the changes that white people have made, not the great strides that blacks have made?

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