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Pres. Obama’s Joke about Crack Cocaine causes outrage

White House Pastry chef Bill Yosses retires and President Obama jests that he puts crack in his pastries. www.blacklikemoi.com

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Reported by April V. Taylor

Alternet is reporting that during a recent farewell to White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, President Obama made a joke that in reality is not all that funny.  In a statement, Obama jests, “We call Bill the ‘Crustmaster,’ because his pies…  I don’t know what he does, whether he puts crack in them, or…”  While Obama is alluding to the pies being addictive in a manner similar to crack, many are not finding the joke as funny as the crowd gathered at the White House did.

As Ellen Komp points out, the government’s role in creating the crack epidemic makes the joke less than amusing.  She cites economist and Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman’s 1989 open letter to Drug “Czar” Bill Bennett that states, “Had drugs been decriminalized 17 years ago, ‘crack’ would never have been invented (it was invented because the high cost of illegal drugs made it profitable to provide a cheaper version) and there would today be far fewer addicts.  The lives of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of innocent victims would have been saved, and not only in the U.S.  The ghettos of our major cities would not be drug-and-crime infested no-man’s lands.  Fewer people would be in jails, and fewer jails would have been built.”

It seems as though Obama should be aware of the negative effect of the drug war on the black community.  During his first presidential election campaign, Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s minister, came under fire for his scathing rant about the drug war when he stated, “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’  No, no, no, not God bless America, God dαmn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.”

Wright was most likely referencing the information uncovered by journalist Gary Webb who found evidence that the CIA had intentionally dumped crack cocaine in the ghettos of Los Angeles during the 1980s as a way to fund Nicaraguan contras.  The effects of the sale and use of crack cocaine should never be the source of a joke for a president who had more than enough reason to be aware of it’s devastating effects within the black community.

Dr. Boyce Watkins, who worked with Russell Simmons to write an open letter to President Obama about ending the drug war, says that the president likely meant no harm by the joke, but the public should express their concern nonetheless.

“The War on Drugs has been the single greatest force of destruction on the black family in the last 100 years,” said Dr. Watkins, who did a forum with Min. Louis Farrakhan on the rebuilding of families in Chicago last year. “We were the ones getting addicted to the drugs, the ones being locked up for the drugs and the ones dying in drug-related violence.  As a result, we have an entire generation of lost children whose parents are nowhere to be find.  Drugs are the single greatest reason for the massive numbers of teen homicides in Chicago happening right now.”

The letter submitted by Dr. Watkins and Simmons received the support of 175 celebrities and public figures including Kerry Washington, Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Michelle Alexander, Chris Rock and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

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  1. What I find most interesting about these comments is that the issue of this government killing your own people in epidemic numbers is an after thought. Just as long as they don't talk against Saint Obama, its all good…

  2. Annie Mae eat the cake and maybe we should try the pie…If it is good its good. People its a joke!

  3. When the first black President use crack and apple pie as an example of what is addictive, it’s not going to go over well with those that have seen how devastating drugs have been to blacks.
    Crack is the only drug that penetrates the brain cells.. It is nothing that they will not do to get their fix. When your government ,( CIA ) is implicated , it should give you more food for thought. If nothing else , another perspective.

  4. You stupid ass negroes missed the whole point of the article. I didn’t see anything funny about what Obama said. Crack which was put in our neighborhoods by this government has destroyed way too many Black lives. Get off Obama’s nut sack he hasn’t done anything for Black people.

    • We Blacks are lucky President Obama was re-elected. We would have been trash to racists now. Racists hoped President Obama would lose. Some racists such as Pat Robertson went on retreat with his parishners to pray President Obama lose the re-election and that Romney win because he is White. “God and we don’t want a racial minority to be President of this Country.” Those were Robertson’s words. Robertson’s god did not buy that stupidity. President Obama was re-elected. Unless you’re White, please thank God that President Obama was re-elected.

    • President Barack Hussein Obama II could probably do more for black people in this country if we understand that WE cannot elect a President if every black person in this United States of America that could vote for him did vote for him! Also, keep in mind that he is an elected President and not a Messiah!

      However, a very large number of black people went to the poles, Obama was elected and we sat down…Well in New Jersey black people did. The first time Chris Christie ran for Governor here in New Jersey. I e-mailed and texted everyone on my list and then some (NJ list) to vote Democrat Jon Corzine. (Sadly and even funning my only replies were two Republicans that I worked with) Why? The Forty-Fourth (44) President (Obama) gets to pick the Court Justices IF the Democrats had won the Governor’s race in New Jersey and Virginia. Black people did not turn out like WE should have and now we have Republican Chris Christie. Bob McDonnell the Republican won in Virginia. Trust me this weakens the President. Black people we cannot half ass when it comes to voting. Many black people only vote on the Presidential election.

      We have to be constant and consistence with voting on every level! Black people were beaten and kill for this right. Sadly, many black people are just too busy during elections.

  5. Stop riding POTUS for a simple joke which is exactly what it was we all have heard how addictive crack is all Pres was doing was simply saying the pies are so good they are addictive, crack is just not for black folks white folks do crack as well so just stop with this BS it was taken out of context, some of these ass holes just look for negetivity in this POTUS. Continue the awsome job you’re doing MR. PRESIDENT!!!!!

  6. OMG! The president was JOKING! If Black Americans are going to be so fussy about this, then let's join together to rid our communities of crack. This epidemic in our communities has been on-going for at least thirty years now. Coincidentally around the same time many of our black parents stopped supporting our public educational system.

  7. We Blacks are lucky President Obama was re-elected. We would have been trash to racists now. Racists hoped President Obama would lose. Some racists such as Pat Robertson went on retreat with his parishners to pray President Obama lose the re-election and that Romney win because he is White. “God and we don’t want a racial minority to be President of this Country.” Those were Robertson’s words. Robertson’s god did not buy that stupidity. President Obama was re-elected. Unless you’re White, please thank God that President Obama was re-elected.

  8. Pastori Balele … I thank God and pray for the President every day…that his secret service do their jobs of protecting him while he serve the people of the Un-united States of Ameri-KKKas…. thank you for sharing and praying for him too.

  9. Get a damn grip, worse has been said please!

  10. We are talking about crack cocaine, not what the President Obama has done for showing and making us proud. A lot of your young black men is in jail for just having marijuana. it’s a gold rush for those with money….This is a new way to keep people employed, by putting u in jail, and keepin the jails filled. Who do you think the jails are filled. Are they real criminals?

    • If they are doing something that is against the law, then technically, yes, they are criminals. It comes from the root word “crime”. If you don’t like it, lobby to change the laws.

      Here’s another thought – don’t do stuff that’s illegal, and it will greatly reduce the chance of you ending up in jail. Just sayin.

  11. Well said.

  12. Couldn't have said it any better.

  13. I can't understand why everything the president says or do is criticized. he's the only black president we've ever had and doing a good job. why are people so quick to make something out of nothing. this should never have been written or mentioned. there are more important things in this world to talk about. we need to pray for the president for guidiance and strength to do his job and survive this old cruel world ,things that are said, ignore them all Mr. president. GOD HAS YOU AND MRS. OBAMA IN THE PALM OF HIS HANDS, AND UNDER THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS AND NO ONE CAN DO YOU NO HARM. AMEN!!!!!!

  14. While in a law class, my Professor stated, the law has nothing to do with what is right or wrong… The only purpose of the law is to keep things in order.
    Therefore, if you don’t have money , stay out of trouble. if you don’t you will be going to jail, labeled, and sometimes even a felony for something that’s warranted

  15. PEOPLE THAT POST ON THIS SITE USE UGLY LANGUAGE BECAUSE IT MAKE THEM ANGRY ABOUT ALL THE NON-SENSE THAT IS WRITTEN HERE. PLEASE STOP!!!!!!!!!! SOME OF THESE PEOPLE LOVE GOD AND ARE BLESSED. GOD DON'T LIKE THAT THEY USE UGLY WORDS. THANKS TO ALL, LOVE AND PEACE.

  16. He is in a position where that comment is going to be challenged, Relax, it opens up a ball of worms because of our history.

  17. Jokes is funny.. However, the President is held to a higher standard. Sorry, but he has to be aware of every comment he makes.

  18. I found the President’s joke somewhat amusing. Never even thought about Black folk! Black, but never used crack or any other illicit drug either!

  19. Wow, this article is so racist on so many levels, I’m not even sure where to start.

    So, when you hear the word “crack” you automatically think only of Black people? That is patently offensive, right there. Plenty of folks from all nationalities and walks of life use crack, sometimes even white Wall Street bankers.

    There are NO “innocent victims”. Innocent victim is when you get run over by a bus. It takes a conscious effort to find a drug dealer, pay him, and go use that drug. It takes effort to continue to do that. It takes effort to find the money to do that. You don’t just accidentally slip and find a crack pipe in your mouth.

    Personal responsibility, people. It doesn’t matter what color you are, no one can make you an addict except yourself.

    • i believe this message is right on target for being very positive and well stated! There are a few others that really made sensible statements but this one hit right on point. No one forces anyone to use drugs it is a decision and a choice of the individual. Now, I would like to know if that Chef, Yossel is still baking those delicious addictive pies? Let’s all camp out at 1600 until someone in that “house” tells us……Where the pies at?! Right on for Mr. Yocheved and your positive comment.

      • And here is where I blow everyone’s minds:

        I’m a white chick, from a middle class family. I spent 2 hellish years as a cocaine addict (and I’m not proud of what I did to support my habit.)

        One day I woke up and realized that I was going to die. I’m 5’7, and I weighed 92 pounds. I’m way too stubborn to ask for help, so I told myself “I got myself into this, I am the only one who can get myself out.”

        I moved back in with my parents, didn’t tell them what was going on with me, and dealt with the withdrawal all on my own. Now, I am NOT dissing anyone who goes for help! I’d never do that. I’m only saying that this was my way of dealing with it. I don’t recommend it.

        My spoiled rotten little brother, who had everything handed to him, is now tapering down off of methadone. He didn’t have any excuses, only blames himself, and is taking responsibility for his life.

        Everyone has demons. When you stand up and face them, you can start to rebuild your self esteem and rejoin the world of the living. If you see yourself as a constant victim, you’ll always be in the land of the dead.

        BTDT, not going back! (By the grace of G-d.)

        • PS: I still make crappy pie crust. I want the recipe too!

  20. I think the reason why Obama's comments are attracting attention is because his comment made it appear that crack cocaine was part of the fabric of our community, meaning the black community….you did see how quickly his wife dispelled the existence of drugs in the white house…If a white republican President had made that comment the black community would have been all over them with criticism…I think his comment was made without considering the negative connotations of such a comment…let's all remember, he IS after all the President of the United States of America…

  21. I knew it was coming about the crack joke it was a joke I lmao. Why don't you ask Fox for a job Boyce?

  22. It’s more to life then to worry about a crack joke. Leave our President alone asshole.

  23. This is so silly nobody make a person use drugs. Complaining about a crack joke it’s not a big deal the joke was funny.

  24. Now that the media does not have his back as much as during his first term. The President should never speak off script! I respect him, I also recognize the historical significance and why he has received so much help . As he is allowed to stand on his own two feet look for a lot more of this type of reporting. It's not racial, he wanted the job he got it, along with all of the hard knocks that come with being the most powerful man in the world! Don't pity him, tell him to step up to the task!

  25. Give me a break! Really?! I knew what he meant and I thought it was alarmingly funny. The First Lady cleaned it up in that wife way that says, I’ll get with you later, but I KNEW he would catch some hell for it but come on what a waste of article space.

  26. Really! They put cocaine in coke and then get mad at the compliment to the chef? Pick a new battle, this one isn't worth the brain space!

  27. There’s one round head joker out there who cannot wait to toot his self centered overly exaggerated opinion on the president just as those boneheads over at fake news station (sorry, meant to say fox news) and their talking head Negro, sour lemon. You folks are constantly looking for an angle to make a positive into a negative when it comes to the POTUS.
    Can any of you tell us the people, which drug it is that you’re using today or yesterday or is that one too many questions for your glass house living azzes? I know, why not go out amongst the people you so avidly write about and actually help who may actually need your real assistance, go feed a starving family in your city of choice since you’re so aware of the people’s woes!
    I can bet my bottom dollar none of you would ever do something on that level! Sit on your brains and point your small minded fingers all day critizing with nothing but lip service. You may have come from the hood but you’re no good!

  28. You know this is of little consequence. I've noted but a single voice of a Black mother who has recognize the real meaning of our President allowing perhaps hundred of thousands of illegal children into the country! He has asked for nearly 4 billion dollars for the First 57,000.

    Who and where will the money come from to pay for the schooling this fall. Housing, feeding, clothing and on and on.

    Bottom line is less for poor Black Americans! Come on people while they are keeping our attention diverted with trivia, the President who we love for know other reason other than his skin color is giving us a huge shafting!

    By the end of the year as many as 300,000 unaccompanied kid will have come across the border. $10,000 each to get them settled some where then on welfare. There really is not enough money to go around, get ready for your benefits to be cut and for taxes to go up!

    Stop thinking President Obama is someone special he is not! Other than being Black he has nothing in common with you or I. He has shown this to be true for all most 6 years!

  29. You know this is of little consequence. I've noted but a single voice of a Black mother who has recognize the real meaning of our President allowing perhaps hundred of thousands of illegal children into the country! He has asked for nearly 4 billion dollars for the First 57,000.

    Who and where will the money come from to pay for the schooling this fall. Housing, feeding, clothing and on and on.

    Bottom line is less for poor Black Americans! Come on people while they are keeping our attention diverted with trivia, the President who we love for know other reason other than his skin color is giving us a huge shafting!

    By the end of the year as many as 300,000 unaccompanied kid will have come across the border. $10,000 each to get them settled some where then on welfare. There really is not enough money to go around, get ready for your benefits to be cut and for taxes to go up!

    Stop thinking President Obama is someone special he is not! Other than being Black he has nothing in common with you or I. He has shown this to be true for all most 6 years!

  30. You know this is of little consequence. I've noted but a single voice of a Black mother who has recognize the real meaning of our President allowing perhaps hundred of thousands of illegal children into the country! He has asked for nearly 4 billion dollars for the First 57,000.

    Who and where will the money come from to pay for the schooling this fall. Housing, feeding, clothing and on and on.

    Bottom line is less for poor Black Americans! Come on people while they are keeping our attention diverted with trivia, the President who we love for know other reason other than his skin color is giving us a huge shafting!

    By the end of the year as many as 300,000 unaccompanied kid will have come across the border. $10,000 each to get them settled some where then on welfare. There really is not enough money to go around, get ready for your benefits to be cut and for taxes to go up!

    Stop thinking President Obama is someone special he is not! Other than being Black he has nothing in common with you or I. He has shown this to be true for all most 6 years!

  31. If the pie that good give me some.

    • LOL…Aaaaagh

  32. In the words of my father "No one put a gun up to your head and made you do drugs"

    I think the joke is funny!

  33. It was a joke. Much ado about nothing; we have more important issues to deal with.

  34. Black Excellence 2 Likes because everybody knows except you and two other people this is NOT about criticizing the President surely we don't all agree with all of his policies. This is about the unprecedented obstruction, pettiness, and disrespect shown THIS president. Get a clue.

  35. This is not the first time Barry S. (Obama) has made what I would consider insensitive comments aimed toward ppl of a darker hue. On a smaller scale, during a roast he joked about Biggie and Tupac's death. Jokes that the mothers of those 2 young men most likely didn't deem funny. His lack of empathy when it comes to blacks has become ever so clear. Notice, he chooses his words very carefully when discussing Jews, and Whites, there is never any jokes that can be misinterpreted as truly offensive. On a larger scale, we need a black economic power base to make these official respect us and our journey on a higher level. The first thing that has to happen is we have to stop laughing as the grass roots level, because that what leads them to think it is a joke, we're alway laughing and giggling. Certain levels of a topic as it pertains to blacks should be off limits to comedians (this includes all colors) and anyone in entertainment looking to exploit for capitalization the hardships and social ills of blacks. It is Not is funny anymore, never was!

  36. My sister died from using drugs. Not a joke to me now nor will ever be.

  37. I started not to read this article and should have keep with my first thought this was simply worthless. You try to report negatively as if somebody else is taking about the president when it's really you being sneaky .

  38. Eureka! I have found it – Repubs and TPs are either childish or primitive adults. May be that is why they call themselves conservatives. A childish or primitive person hangs on their thinking or belief told by his parents until something wakes him up. Remember George Wallace. Most Repubs and TPs still think Blacks and other racial minorities are intellectually inferior to them. This is even when Blacks and other racial minorities beat them in class or at work. These people are ready to kill or kill themselves to maintain what they were told by their parents. Remember those morons who rammed planes in the 2 NY towers for virgins. These remained primitive or childish despite graduating as pilots. They were told if they killed Christians they would each get 10 virgins in heaven. Is that not primitive or childish! Same with Repubs and TPs. Remember some of those toothless TPs at rallies were lawyers and university graduates. The problem is that they were so badly brain-washed by their parents that they remained childish or primitive. Do you know some TPs and Repubs don’t have health insurance? Still they don’t want any while knowing if admitted in hospitals they will be bankrupt for inability to pay. Remember President Obama lowered tax for low and middle income people. Still TPs howled insults at the President – for what! Nothing-they were told to do so to a racial minority. That is primitive, childish and stupid. Now these TPs are crying faul about Latino kids at the border. Ask them if they have solutions. They don’t. Do you know the cure for these morons? Remember the law of physics – an object will continue in straight line and same speed or remain still until a force knocks it. So don’t vote for Repubs or TPs in November and in 2016. Once they are out of a job they will think differently from remaining primitive or childish.

  39. Sheeple are amazing creatures.95% support in 08 and 93% in 12 and by every metric black life is worse and not getting better but hey, at least he's got melanin in his skin.

  40. What do you want President Obama to do-force people attend school and training; to work, stop drugs, abuse of alcohol? That is not his business. His business is to provide us all equal opportunities. So long as there is freedom to choose, everybody blacks or whites should be left alone. But there should not be discrimination. That is what hurting us Blacks. I took a Wisconsin state job exam and ranked highest or no. 1. Now the secretary of that department is under a mental shock how I, as a Black male, ranked highest. I have e-mailed him to hire me as a matter of law. It is now more than 4 months he has not responded. The state agency is no mom and pop business. It’s a government agency. You compete and if you rank highest you should be hired. Please write to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections ask why the secretary does not want Blacks in his agency. Once again, now you see what is hurting us Blacks.

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