From the article "A House Divided" in which Marcia Dyson tells of her support for Democrat Hillary Clinton while character assassin Michael Eric Dyson tells of his support for Democrat Barack Obama. (Please note - WITHIN the Black community fighting over which DEMOCRAT to vote for is a sign of POLITICAL and IDEOLOGICAL diversity. :-/)
The Dysons: A House Divided
Barack gets that we need universal heath care (helps a lot of black folk); he gets that we need to remove the dismal disparity between sentences for powder and crack cocaine (helps a lot of young black men who make mistakes none of us want to see them make in the first place); he gets that we need to get out of Iraq (and you know a lot of us are on the front line); he gets that we need educational reform (which will help millions of black children who’ve been left behind by the Republicans); he gets that we need to stop giving all those tax cuts to the rich and start giving the middle class a break (that includes a lot of black professionals); and he gets that we need many more jobs to pull working poor and working class people out of the economic pits to which Republican slash and burn policies have sent them.
You see Black folks - without CHALLENGE this type of unmitigated "bull shit" gets dispensed as FACT.
Excuse me folks I have to let this one out:
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Universal Heath Care (helps a lot of black folk)
Universal Health Care
Mr. Dyson - not that you are a legitimate policy analyst or anything but - Barack Obama's PROPOSAL IS NOT "Universal Health Care". He is proposing adding GOVERNMENT insurance coverage to those who don't have insurance. The rest of the system pretty much stays intact. This is more accurately called "Universal ACCESS". Not that accuracy has ever been you forte. (Elocution - brother you get an A+)
Remove the Dismal Disparity Between Sentences for Powder and Crack Cocaine (helps a lot of young black men who make mistakes none of us want to see them make in the first place)
Crack Vs Cocaine
I have learned over time to stop challenging the Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive-Fundamentalist RACISM-CHASER on the topics of crisis that he picks. Instead I see the more superior strategy being to make a full inventory of the problems WITHIN the Black community and then point out how they stay away from the more serious problems that don't fit their leftist mold.
Having just transferred the entire season of the two crime series "American Gangster" and "Gangland" to my permanent archive it is clear to me that Mr Dyson is CLUELESS about the most proportionally significant threat to the Black community - OUT OF CONTROL GANGS and the Thugs that participate within them.
Mr. Dyson's response is easy to classify. Just like the classic "Thurgood Marshall System of Justice" he chooses to focus on when BLACKS become the VICTIMS OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM (disproportionate sentences) rather than focusing on the DAMAGE TO THE COMMUNITY that these CRACK DEALERS have wrought. Someone needs to send the DVD to these two series to Mr Dyson. The reason why CRACK has harsher sentences is because it has done more damage to people and communities.
He gets that we need to get Out of Iraq (and you know a lot of us are on the front line);
Iraq War = Black Men In Danger
I could focus on the politics of the Iraq War (Please note a "President Obama" would send more troops into Afghanistan. This is not the essential point that I must challenge Dyson on.
If "Brothers in Iraq" means "Dead Black Men" I wonder why Mr. Dyson said nothing about the 7,000 Black people who died of homicides in 2007. This was half of the homicides in America. 14% of the US population yet Black folks make up half of the homicides. Also Mr Dyson should read up on the 52% increase in Black male homicide rates over the past 2 years.
It is clear people - unless challenged these biased operatives are NOT going to focus on the problem that are most pressing to the Black community.
He gets that we need Educational Reform (which will help millions of black children who’ve been left behind by the Republicans);
Education Within The Black Community
This made me laugh and mad at the same time.
It is important to frame this properly.
As we scan the nation and look at places where Black people are most concentrated - we see so many "majority Black school systems" that are failing. Near me, the Clayton County Public Schools which has 54,000 children, most of them Black is on the verge of losing its accreditation.
Now follow Dyson. He says that the REPUBLICAN's have LEFT BLACK CHILDREN BEHIND. He is not going to tell you that in these significantly BLACK SCHOOL SYSTEMS......there ain't any REPUBLICANS around that are running the schools in the ground.
Furthermore - Barack Obama proposes to raise the federal spending on public education by $18 billion across 50 states. It must be noted that evil George W Bush raised federal spending during his first budget by $12 billion over the good guy Bill Clinton. What gets me is that Dyson, like so many other people takes the "Canvas of Obama" and paints their own picture about the WONDERFUL REFORMS that he is going to do as compared to evil Bush.
Who is holding these people accountable WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY? Aren't you all tired of being USED yet?
He gets that we need to Stop Giving All Those Tax Cuts to the Rich and Start Giving the Middle Class A Break (that includes a lot of black professionals);
Tax Cuts For The Rich
Oh that old and tired claim. Even Barack Obama's latest campaign ad complains that John McCain approved tax cuts which failed to include 100 million Americans. What Obama FAILED to make note of is that these 100 million Americans DIDN'T PAY FEDERAL INCOME TAXES TO BE CUT IN THE FIRST PLACE. I would love to see anyone walk into Sears with a savings coupon and demand their DISCOUNT not having purchased anything. Dyson and Obama would have a net positive transfer from the government to the people.
I all seriousness folks - as I was forming my political ideology I didn't realize that there were any people who preferred HIGH TAXES. This thought seemed antithetical. That was until I met hard core progressives and quasi-socialists who want HIGH TAXES......on the next man out of a punitive spirit within them.
He gets that we need Many More Jobs to Pull Working Poor and Working Class People Out of the Economic Pits to which Republican slash and burn policies have sent them.
Jobs For The Working Class
Mr Dyson - can we take a step back and scan the landscape of the United States? We have in the North and Mid-west a region that is absolutely dominated by YOUR PARTY. This area is shedding jobs left and right. There are many economies that are shrinking.
In the "Right To Work" South and SouthWest - we see the fastest growing economies in the nation. The South is snatching up many of the new auto manufacturing plants that used to go into Michigan and Ohio.
Point Blank Mr. Dyson - Can you detail for me the track record of YOUR IDEOLOGY in creating JOBS? Even though many Democrats will point to the "Clinton Job Creation Boom" the truth is that this expansion was funded by WALL STREET Capitalism. You know the "capitalism" that you all hate. The more accurate picture is that your TAXES AND REGULATION make for an unattractive business climate. This is why many of these firms are moving to the "right to work" South where things are less hostile on the "Consumers of Labor".
I am prone to laugh Mr Dyson out of the building with his rather weak list of justifications. The sad part of it though is that many Black people are prone to listen to him and take the bate without expanding the debate to consider those things that Mr. Dyson is loathed to talk about.
I often wondered how a PARTY could gain MORE POWER within a community and yet escape accountability for their results. The reasons why this is are clear. The Black press and opinion givers are operatives for the very same political machine which is gaining ground cover like barrenwort Kudzu.