Learning From Black History

It’s February and we ring in another Black History Month. So, what have blacks learned from our history?

As a black Republican and former congressional candidate from Southern California, I am dismayed to this day as to our lack of representation on Capitol Hill, and the ineffective nature of our local representation.

Of the more than five hundred congresspersons and senators in Washington D.C., there is only one black Republican on Capitol Hill. And it is understandable why we find ourselves in this predicament. And forgive me if I jump around. I have issues.

Every election cycle, and you’ll see it starting up soon enough this year, Democrats have elevated the tactic of race baiting to an art. Almost every Republican running at some point will be called a racist, and 99% of the time it is untrue. And later, should the Republican win, these same black Democrats will demand the Republican now reach out to them. I see why God gave us middle fingers, and I contend that if the Republicans were as racist as portrayed, they would use them. But reality is another thing, and the GOP will again agree to listen to the ever-growing demands of race conscious liberals.

And let us not forget. It was Democrats who mostly opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Al Gore, who told black congregations that his father was a civil rights champion, left out that his father voted against the act. However, his father did vote for the Voters Rights Act. So blacks could vote for Al’s dad, just not eat at the same table with him. And the fact that the liberal news media gave Al a pass on his lies to blacks was telling.

It was a Democrat governor who put up that Confederate flag in question. It’s the Democrat Party whose senior-most senator is an ex Klan member. It’s a Democrat Party whose chairman as of last year, 2001, still refers to blacks as “coloreds.” But yet, we embrace them.

It would seem to me, that in order to be a good black Democrat nowadays, you have to believe that all white people are racist… except the ones you know.

But I ask, if the majority of black neighborhoods are controlled by Democrat city councilmen and women, black state legislators, black congress people, why for example, are there vacant lots that haven’t been built upon since the Watts riots? Why are the schools so bad, despite previously having Democrat presidents with Democrat congresses and senates that could have, and should have, fixed the problems? Surely, that doesn’t happen in other neighborhoods. It seems that the only people who benefit by elections in the black community are the black Democrat candidates. But yet, we embrace them.

During the last presidential election, the Democrats were complaining that George W. Bush and the evil Republicans were trying to steal the election. But how can this be if we are talking about handpicked counties controlled by the Dems, ballot machines maintained by the Dems, and butterfly ballots designed and counted by the Dems? We were said to be disenfranchised. Our votes didn’t matter. But then again, no Democrat complained each time Bill Clinton failed to get the popular vote, but won by the same outdated Electoral College.

Blacks, like most people, want a better education for our kids, and that is what black Democrat candidates pledge every election year. And after they get elected, we say fine, now we want our vouchers. These same politicians (who wouldn’t be caught dead sending their own kids to a public school) then say no. Instead, they break into the “mend it, don’t end it” script that uses the resistance and money of teachers unions to keep things the way they are. But yet, we embrace them.

Hollywood liberals love to bash Republicans and religion in public and in their media. Christianity in particular. But if these same civil rights minded limousine liberals were to traverse the inner city, they would find more places of worship per square block than anywhere in the world. But their apparent subconscious disrespect for black people is manifest in their glee in insulting all things we consider religious. Yet, we idolize these people, and purchase products from companies and executives that portray black people as Ebonics-talking, hip hop dancing, basketball playing pets. And yet, we embrace them.

Yes, that’s right. I said it. Pets.

If your cat urinates on the carpet, you don’t get mad at the cat because it doesn’t know any better. So when certain black people go astray, liberals in the media find the anointed black “leaders” to tell the world what made them do what they did and blame it on society’s inequities. It’s never our fault. It’s the socio-economic conditions, it’s racism, it’s Reaganomics, and it’s always understandable.

I also found it very telling how a few years ago, these same caring liberals tried to make the correlation between the higher than normal abortion rate in the black community and the national drop in violent crime. The reasoning of some racist white liberals becomes clear. But yet, we embrace them. And nothing will change until we truly, as a people, achieve true full representation. The Republican Party has no reason to reach out to a group of people who tactically call them racists. Until we start electing more black Republicans, nothing will improve in the black community, and we will continue to be at the mercy of those who supposedly represent us now. And the results of that representation (or lack thereof) is obvious to all.

As a wise black woman who defended my run as a Republican once said to my detractors, “we need representation everywhere.” Once we change our sheepish voting habits, we may see change. And then we may have a more positive black history to learn from, where we keep growing as a people. Februaries will be more than the cosmetic celebrations we have now.

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