Blacks and Politics

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At one of last month’s Congressional Black Caucus-sponsored “job fairs,” Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., told the audience: “This is the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow. Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me — I’m sorry, Tamron — hanging on a tree.” Carson’s reference to Tamron was acknowledgment of the presence of MSNBC’s black reporter Tamron Hall, who didn’t deem it fit to report the congressman’s statement. Another black attacker of the tea party movement is Rep. Maxine Waters, who told her constituents: “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the tea party can go straight to hell.” “Let us all remember who the real enemy is. And the real enemy is the tea party,” reminded Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla. The Rev. Jesse Jackson said the tea party should be called the “Fort Sumter tea party that sought to maintain states’ rights and slavery.” Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., in telling a job fair audience to register to vote, said, “Turn the tea party upside down!”

What about Hastings’ call for blacks to register to vote? What has it meant? For several decades, blacks have held significant political power, in the form of being mayors and dominant forces on city councils in our major cities, including Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington, Memphis, Atlanta, Baltimore, New Orleans, Oakland, Newark, Cincinnati and many others. In most of these cities, blacks have served as school superintendents, school principals and chiefs of police. Plus, there’s precedent setting black political power at the national level, with 39 black congressmen and a black president.

Here’s my question: What would you think of someone who claimed that black political power has yielded great results? In these cities where blacks dominate the political machinery, black academic proficiency is on a par with the rest of the nation.

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  • Flipside

    Agreed. Great article.

  • Asher

    The Minorities like the Distribution of Wealth too well and they don't want to loose the Obama Money and the Freebies that keep coming their way, thats why they are fighting the Teaparties and the White people Tooth and nail.

  • jasonz

    the problem is most black power relies on 'opression'. look at he black dem run areas like detroit, chicago, etc. they have been in thoes hands for years and still no better off. its actually gotten worse. why? because black leaders rely on black victocrats and pc white guilt to survive. racism as far as an istitution is over and in fact reversed..aka affirm action. without the real racsim of the democrat jim crow laws these people are forced to create their own in the form of racist hallmark cards, imagined conspiracies and statistics that do not mean anything

  • gjarman

    Blacks politicians for the most part are the new plantation owners…they thrive by keeping their constituents agitated and in agrieved state of mind. Sadly they buy the lies that are fed to them as part of a steady diet of "we are oppressed'.. They are afraid or unwilling to think for themselves and continue to live in bondage which is an affront to those blacks who truly did.

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