Who’s Zooming Who, the Defiance of Logic
This labor day weekend Chicago experienced 65 shootings, 13 of which were fatal. And in Brooklyn, N. Y., at a community festival, beautiful 22-year-old graduate college student, Tiarah Shanice Poyau, was shot and killed after telling a total stranger, to stop grinding on her. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/chicago-labor-day-weekend-shootings-add-to-staggering-toll/.
In this presidential election cycle, we are constantly told that these and other problems within the black community can be laid at the feet of the Democrat Party, which takes us for granted and otherwise manipulates us. Conservative African-American in particular advance this narrative.
We find it odd that those who constantly harp about personal responsibility, now take the opposite position, i. e., that African-Americans are not responsible for? their personal conduct. Rather, political parties are. And they have yet to explain how or why Democrats are to blame?for our problems. Absent African-Americans stepping up to the plate to clean up our own communities, these problems will continue no matter how we vote.
We admit however, that we could be wrong. And we appreciate the value of reconsidering our options. Still, any change in political perspectives, must be accompanied by reason and logic.
Said reconsideration is not warranted by insults and condescension. We are not stupid. The you’re being played argument is a thinly disguised put down. Interestingly enough, evangelicals are not portrayed as dupes of the Republicans because the GOP has failed to overturn Roe vs. Wade or veterans considered political saps because problems remain within the Veteran’s Administration.
Moreover, we are not interested in hearing what others have failed to do. We instead want to know what Conservatives will do to make things better. Symbolic yet meaningless gestures, empty platitudes or abstract ideology do not cut the mustard. We instead require specific, detailed policy positions, strategy and solutions.
In addition, an open and honest appraisal of both parties is appropriate. Conservative pundits are quick to highlight the subtle racism of the left, often invoking imagery of dependency, chains, plantations and slavery. Unfortunately, they are blind and indifferent to racial intolerance within the GOP.
During the 2010 midterm elections, conservatives and tea party members took over multiple state legislatures and governorships. But rather than address the many issues affecting the black community, they immediately passed restrictive voting initiatives. That these initiatives were in part racially motivated is beyond question.
Within months of Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s victory in North Carolina, the state election board began receiving request for demographic voting data from GOP lawmakers. These requests asked for statistics on voter behavior patterns by race: who voted early, on election day and out of district. They also asked what kinds of people were registered to vote but did not have a driver’s license or student ID cards and the number of African-Americans who lacked such identification.
Over several email exchanges, state researchers told GOP legislatures that between 318,643 and 612,955 registered voters appeared to lack ID’s issued by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicle and that under the new law which permitted only certain types of voter ID, cut back on early voting and the elimination of out of precinct voting, the percentage of black people at risks of losing their vote was much higher than that of whites.
In striking down the law a three judge federal appeals panel called it the most restrictive voting restriction law North Carolina had seen since the era of Jim Crow. Drawing from these legislative emails and other evidence, the 83 page ruling charged that Republicans lawmakers had targeted African-Americans with almost surgical precision. See Inside the Republican Creation of the North Carolina Voting Bill Dubbed the Monster Law, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/inside-the-republican-creation-of-the.
We do not argue that all Republicans are bad or that all Democrats are good. Life is not that simple. We are aware of the pro black history of the Republican Party and the contrary history of the Democrats. Nor do we object to belief in a particular political ideology even if it is not our own. There should and most be African-Americans within the Republican Party.
But for all the criticism directed against the Democrats regarding the black vote, it is not the Democrats who engage in voter suppression. And it is not they who are endorsed by those who harbor racial and ethnic animus.
Neither are they responsible for the Flint Michigan water crisis, the racial banalities of Maine Governor Paul LePage, the Southern Strategy, the Birther movement or the unrelenting disrespect shown to the first black president. This is exclusively the work of the GOP. And let us not forget that there is a reason for these inequities.
In summary, for every truth, there is a polar opposite truth. Fire is hot while ice is cold. Day is bright as night is dark. And the KKK and other white nationalist have interest which are the polar opposite to those of people of color.
To be ignored is one thing. But to be targeted, vilified and politically disenfranchised is something far worse. So to all of the black conservatives who ask us to reconsider our political alliances, we are not averse to doing so. Just don’t ask us to slit our own throats.
Leo Barron Hicks
Blackacre Policy Forum