Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:49
The Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown song: “Hoes Ain’t Loyal.” Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said,
“Democrats ain’t loyal.”
They ain’t, to borrow the vernacular.
Although people of color comprised 45 percent of Democratic voters in 2012, less than 2 percent of the $1.1 billion collected over a 4-year period by the three primary Democratic fundraising committees went to people of color – defined as U.S. residents who are African American, Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or Native American – according to the “2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report” by PowerPAC+, a national advocacy organization that helps elect progressives to office by building on the political power of the multiracial majority in America.
Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:44
“I am invisible, understand,” Ralph Ellison famously wrote, “simply because people refuse to see me.”
He was speaking of the double consciousness that accompanied the burden of blackness in America more than 60 years ago. But according to Yale professor Frederick Wherry, this conundrum is not just social and political but also economic—and that sense of invisibility persists in the 21st century.
It may come as no surprise that in the nation’s supposedly colorblind age, access to income, credit and financial solutions remains riddled with racial inequity – and those on the losing end are disproportionately African American.
Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:38
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) describes itself as “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.” According to the dictionary, conscience is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives. Notice that the root of the word conscience is the word “con,” which is exactly what the CBC has turned out to be.
They have conned the American people into believing that they represent the values of the Black community; and nothing could be further from the truth.
They have sat silently by as President Barack Obama has put forth policies that have decimated the very people they claim to represent – the Black community.