Former U.S. President Barack Obama caught flack from almost everybody you could think of during his eight years in office.
Congressional Republicans, far-left Democrats, heads of state in other nations, and even black Americans leveled their fair share of rebukes of Obama over their laments. The displeasure, which came Obama’s way ranged from legitimate complaints, to unfair criticisms, to deplorable forms of race-based disrespect that lacked any merit.
When it comes to the national black community’s grievances over Obama, many of them were willing and ready to rescind their positions when it became evident that Obama was going to be succeeded by a big, scary, white bogeyman named Donald Trump.
Many blacks seemed to beg God to grant Obama a third term even after they threw him under the bus for not developing or publicly endorsing a national black agenda while in office. However, there was one great accomplishment by black children, which happened on Obama’s watch that nobody seemed to notice.
According to Education Week Magazine, the overall high school graduation rate stood at a whopping 83.2 percent around October 2016. Education Week reported this figure after the Obama Administration’s education division made an official announcement earlier that week.
Not only that, black children made themselves a substantial amount of progress in the high school graduation category as well. The 74.6 percent graduation rate for black youths during the 2014-15 school year was an all-time high.
“Graduation rates have now risen for students overall from 79 percent in the 2010-11 school year–the first year all states used the same method to calculate graduation rates. But over that same period graduation rates for black students rose even faster, by 7.6 percent,” wrote Alyson Klein, a reporter for Education Week.
Obama credited his administration’s ability to make tough decisions and implement ambitious plans even if they were unpopular.
“Some of the changes we made were hard, and some of them were controversial. But the hard work we put in across the country has started to pay off,” Obama said during an October 2016 speech at Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington D.C.