The Shooting War Between Black Progressives and White Conservatives has broken out. Each day their respective media channels fire more volleys. I heard two recent comments from Rep Andre Carson (D-IN) and radio host Rush Limbaugh that I would like to analyze.
|First let me say - Rep Andre Carson doesn't really believe that the Tea Party has an agenda to lynch Black people. He knew as Waters and Wilson knew - Some Black people will rally behind a "racially defensive posture" and will cheer a Black person with a microphone in their hands that leads them on. |
If you listen carefully to "Black-Wing Talk Radio" today many of the hosts are carefully specifying that their enemy is CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN Whites. They desire to retain their "Joint Venture Partnership" with Progressive Whites thus the demarcation.
If you listen to Rep Carson he is articulating HIS OPINION that the Tea Party seeks to have Black people lynched from trees and made "2nd Class Citizens".
I have learned long ago that it is futile to seek to engage a person on his feelings and opinions. Instead it is better to go out into the real world and make interrogations as a means of affirming the veracity of the concern.
For Rep Carson's 7th District Of Indiana - he is not likely to have to worry about "Tea Party Lynchings Of Black People" as a viable threat.
From the symposium "Reducing Black On Black Crime In Indianapolis:
Homicides involving black victims killed by blacks in Indianapolis in recent years:
• 2000 -- 53 of 86 homicides.
• 2001 -- 53 of 91 homicides.
• 2002 -- 56 of 83 homicides.
• 2003 -- 60 of 81 homicides.
• 2004 -- 70 of 93 homicides.
• 2005 -- 57 of 88 homicides.
Simply put - Rep Carson - as with so many other of his colleagues in the CBC realize that as they flex outward as "protectors of the Black Community" they will not be tagged for being apart of the ruling authorities that preside over zones where Black people's lives are cheap.
When Carson is able to make the indictment for this "cheapness" upon his enemy while looking beyond any self-degradation that emanates out of our community - he is at his strongest.
The Black community ultimately has a decision to make. Do you keep allowing others to set the priorities and terms of the "fight" or do we retain control of our "Permanent Interests" - providing the necessary push back to those in roles of leadership who seek to keep us in a "racially defensive disposition" rather than a focus on what we need as a community.
|Rush Limbaugh made the case that those who most actively lynched Black people during "Reconstruction" and "Jim Crow" were Democrats. This is true but this does not capture their motivation. |
Other Black Democrats arguing these points made the case that they were White Conservatives. Since today most White Conservatives are Republicans - the indictment belongs to the Republicans. (This despite the fact that Black Democrats attend "Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner" - the annual recognition of two slave holding Presidents - proving that the Blacks who say 'yesterday's Democrats are today's Republicans' don't have any intention to break with the origins of the Democratic Party)
They too are wrong.
The motivation for the lynching of Black people was not ideology. Woodrow Wilson - a progressive -was as big of a racist as any of the slaveholders before him.
The driving factor for the lynching torture of Black people was: