(Please note - I did a Google Image search on "Black Democrat" and came up with this picture. I am not alleging that the Democrats of today are the KKK. This picture from the past is however symbolic of the current challenges that we face.)
Take a look at this article Black people:
Article: Dems Still Trumped by Bush in 2007
Note this paragraph in particular:
At stake is a wider Democratic majority, big enough to govern. A cascade of retirements by Republicans in the Senate made that goal achievable. Democrats hoped gain seats in the House, as well.
So they labored to tout what they had accomplished in the majority. They suggested that what failed this year might pass with more Democrats elected next year.
Here is the central assumption that has been marketed to Black people by Democrats (including Democrats who are Black) as the draw to get Black folks to remain as loyal, 92% constituents to the Democratic Party. The key concept is to get Black people to COME ALONG WITH THE FIGHT against the Republicans - their adversaries. "If you help us to get more Democrats into office.......the Black community will BENEFIT because we will pass more legislation that is POPULAR with Black people".
As long as the Democratic operatives have Black people focusing on "the pyramid" rather than "the FABRIC that is currently blanketing Black America" the majority of the Black voting populace will focus upon winning back the three key stones atop the pyramid - Presidency, Senate, House. Gone from the core consciousness of our people will be the FACT that we HEARD THIS BEFORE.......at the local level. Yes we were wildly enthusiastic when we got our first Black mayor - a Democrat. Ditto - city council majority, state rep., state senator. At a time when THE FABRIC upon Black people has turned into the famous veil as depicted by the statue in front of Tuskegee University - How can the so called "Black leadership" that has influence over Black America once again engage in the notion that NEAR TERM help for the Democrats will mean LONG TERM benefit for the Black Community? What exactly is going to be DIFFERENT next time again?
"The Ride to the fight" is the essential element that keeps Black people neutralized in our MANAGEMENT OF THOSE WHO WE HAVE IN POWER RIGHT NOW!!! Since he is "working on our behalf" to represent us against the REPUBLICANS who don't have our best interests in mind as a race......he is not evaluated on HIS EFFECTIVENESS or that of his POLICIES. He is evaluated by his ability to FIGHT REPUBLICANS. People - can I ask you a question: What happens when you get 80% Democratic Cities such as Philly, Baltimore, Detroit and many, many others where Black people are concentrated? Does reason hold that you still have a FIGHT AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS on your hands? These cities should be the showcases of Democrats to Black people saying - "The Democratic Party wishes to thank our loyal supporters within the Black community. After years of struggle to change this country for the better YOUR COMMUNITIES are now receiving the benefit of your travails. Look at your schools - they are first class. Look at the commercial districts where you live - prosperity reigns, your people have full employment. Look at the cultural exchanges taking place on your streets. These same streets that were once clogged with criminal activity and terror upon those who simply wanted to live are now promoting Black 'reparation' in fact rather than 'in promise'. Yes Black America we promised this future for you and we have delivered. We look forward to what the next 40 years of your loyal support will do for you".
Which Democratic Party official in their right mind, Black or White, could stand on stage and give this speech today?
WHAT ARE BLACK PEOPLE GETTING OUT OF THE BARGAIN?
Yes we know that many conservative/Republican policies are not POPULAR among Black people in the state that we are in today. Why then do you wish to go to their schools, crossing the city boundaries that they once crossed to get away from you? They allowed you to HAVE the central city for your own selves. They moved into the undeveloped suburbs and built it as they chose and governed it as they choose as well. Zoning laws that limit liquor stores and night clubs. Aggressive policing to keep law and order. Cookie cutter lawns where one house is nearly indistinguishable from another and thus an individual's "flavor" is not expressed. Why is it that we support "FUBU" but reject when they practice the same as being 'racist'? Why is it that THIS is the REFERENCE POINT of perfection, the literal "1.0" on the National Urban League index of the "State of Black America"? If this environment is oppressive to you - why do we covet it rather than BUILDING OUR OWN with our own priorities?
Let us project forward in time. What exactly is going to be the future event that defeats White Conservative resistance to us and thus allows BLACK PEOPLE TO PROSPER? Does the fact that your ideology is a function of THEIR sentiments not have you to see that you don't have an ORGANIC movement but a REDISTRIBUTIVE movement instead? If their past "flight" in which you took over the reigns did not bring forth the promises that your party had told you it would to your community.....but it made THEM stronger than ever IN YOUR COMMUNITY....what makes you think that the future will be any different? With globalization as a fact do you think that the next "flight" will be an international one rather than across city, county and state lines?
How is it that you don't see that an ORGANIC movement is the only hope that you have for "progression"?