Friday, June 25, 2010
Tim Scott (R-SC) - "Republican Who Is Black"
I think that it would be a better tact for me to explain to some of you what I am looking for in public leadership. It is not the case that I am "un-satisfiable" and thus wage attacks on everyone.
Instead the truth is that politics are not going to solve the problems with the Black community. In watching the video with Tim Scott, Republican candidate for US Congress from South Carolina - I don't expect him to raise his fist in the air and talk unapologetically about the Black community. Instead when I listen to him - a "Republican who is Black" and the far larger majority of operatives - "The Democrats who are Black" it is clear to me that they all are too bound to their respective party line and the American political domain in general to be of use in the solution.
They will only ever be black face in support of their party's ultimate position.
Tim Scott assigning President Obama an "F" is in the same continuum that has Obama rated with a "91%" approval rating by Black America despite having so much of our interests eroded via the economy. Despite the fact that his party machine controls every single Black majority district. Despite the fact that they have failed to advance the competencies within these districts and the infrastructure for productivity that should have been assembled over the decades.
In both cases they fail my primary measure: Make a MODEL of your world that has fidelity to the real world so that you can construct a solution set that accurately considers the forces that are pushing you up an down.
I assure you that more Blacks in South Carolina will be pissed that Scott gave Obama an "F" than they will at those who see it as their duty to "protect the President Of The United States" (now), this new found patriotism having come upon their body about 18 months ago.
Too often the political debate has us focused far outside of the streets of the Black community and into Washington DC, making sure that in that political football game that Malcolm X taught us about we don't let down our respective team, now that they allow us in the game as starters. Indeed some of us are expert at moving the ball for the team.
It Is Not "VALUES" That Are Going To Attract Blacks To The GOP, Mr Scott
I disagree with Mr Scott on his "values premise".
Point blank - Black people vote for the Democrats in a 9 to 1 ratio mostly because we remain in the consciousness of a "STRUGGLE". The GOP represents the establishment. The progressive Democratic party takes the role of the revolutionary competitor that seeks to make an "in" for Black folks against those who are intransigent.
This theory breaks down as Black folks and/or favorable people begin to be fully represented in or dominant of the establishment entities which we look to for civic services. As we more fully traverse this new interval in time that we have been in for several decades the old models of protest must fall and be replaced by a more effective "human resource management model". Though my own ideological understanding prevents me from convening with the progressive party my goals are not those of the Republican party either. I have yet to see a Black Republican that understand how to articulate the new ground that we as a community and this country as a whole are now trekking through.
The Democrats have a more nationalistic orientation because - the worst possible situation for many of their constituencies to be in is ALONE, ALL BY THEMSELVES with the social and economic theories that they advance as the primary force determining their standard of living. While the changing demographics (illegal immigration) may favor the Progressives on paper - we have to also remember that ON PAPER - Chicago, Detroit and Trenton should be the modern day "Promised Land" for our interests.
The key flaw is that it is not "voting" that is going to bring you salvation. Instead your utopia is MANAGED TOWARD. When your milieu is "the fight" then you are only as effective as the proximity of the adversary that you fight against. If he leaves - you are screwed.
The Black community needs to adopt a new framework for our community development. Per my observation that new foundation is "competency development". Work to make full use of all of the human resources within, having them aligned with a common goal. Make the participation voluntary yet something that is popular because the consciousness to do so is the driver.
The Conservative fails because he seeks to plot out an exclusive space and govern the land that is enclosed within the survey stakes in the ground. This is great for the people within and not so great for those who reside outside. I, for one, value living in a city and a county where the prevailing governance is in line with my own views. Absent the work of communicating these views and relating them to a functional outcome that is desired (directed outcomes) then a person with this position might be viewed as "stuck in his ways. While I tell my son "because I said so" as a means of cutting off his barrage of questions - this does not work well in the public policy space. There needs to be some connectedness between these policies and the favorable outcomes. I do not believe that conservatives and Republicans do a good job of this. They are thus slated to lose power by attrition. Again - not to say that the outcomes will be favorable for the prevailing authority.
In closing - I don't look to Barack Obama, Tim Scott or Artur Davis to be the key agents for community change in our interests. In truth they are more of a mile marker regarding where America as a whole stands with respect to tolerance. Their presence, however, do not intrinsically translate into prosperity for the Black community.
Our challenge is to learn how to apply the comprehensive "human resource management" processes that can be leveraged upon the masses as a means of the vehicle of propulsion for our community.
I hope that Mr Scott wins but he is certainly going to be attacked for "racial disloyalty" when in truth he has merely violated the popular view that Blacks are Democrats.