Racism is alive and well in America, by design. For people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the NAACP, the Ferguson Missouri tragedy was just another opportunity to invoke the specter of racism; because their relevance is predicated on perpetuating the perception that Blacks are the victims of institutional oppression and racism.
Arguably, people like Sharpton and organizations such as the CBC are responsible for the death of Michael Brown. In fostering a doctrine dedicated to the preservation of a separate but equal paradigm the CBC maintains an acrimonious environment which breeds racial adversaries. White police officers cannot view Black suspects the same as white suspects because they know that racist Blacks will demand that they be more severely scrutinized if the suspect is Black; so that it is not beyond the realm of possibility that in some instances it might be deemed advantageous to ensure a Black suspect is unable to offer a rebuttal to police accounts in ambiguous situations..
The CBC is as racist as the Ku Klux Klan ever was and ironically has the same objective; preclude Black assimilation into “white” America. The CBC has repeatedly demonstrated its self serving commitment to racism. Its very existence as a subculture within congress denies Blacks full and equal representation. It also sends a message to white America that Blacks have an agenda of retribution which is why Blacks cannot garner the statewide support necessary to win seats in the United States Senate; which accounts for the scarcity of Blacks in the senate. Without a significant presence in the senate, the CBC is little more than a self serving racist minority faction in the house.
To further demonstrate its diametric opposition to Blacks realizing equality through assimilation, the CBC, whose members are Democrats, extended membership invitations to two Republicans, despite their antithetical political philosophies, because they are Black. Conversely, the CBC refused to extend a membership invitation to Steve Cohen notwithstanding the fact that Cohen represented a predominately Black district; just as more than thirty years before it denied membership to Pete Stark under similar circumstances.
If Blacks were to ever fully assimilate as unqualified Americans they would come to realize that Sharpton, Jackson, the CBC, the NAACP; and others with vested interests in sustaining racism, are not only impediments to their prosperity and full and equal participation in American democracy; they are also responsible for maintaining the conditions that resulted in the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and countless others.
During the annual obligatory discussions on the state of the dream, Black racists will invariably say, ‘we have come a long way but still have a long way to go’, However, it is not Dr King’s dream to which they strive, rather it is the CBC dream of an independent Black nation on American soil; which is of course an impossible dream. There would sooner be a Palestinian state in Israel.
Black Civil Rights leaders’ claims; to embrace Dr King’s dream of people being judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin; are belied by their eagerness to ascribe racial malicious intent based solely on the color of a person’s skin. Without any facts, relevant to the actual shooting, Al Sharpton charged into Ferguson spewing allegations of racism simply because a white policeman shot a Black suspect; which is insufficient information for any prudent person to conclude that Mike Brown was shot and killed solely or in part because of his race.
Al Sharpton made similar allegations, which were determined to be totally unfounded, in the case of Tawana Brawley. Jesse Jackson, notwithstanding Crystal Mangum’s admission that she falsely accused white Duke University Lacrosse players of rape, tried to indict white America for allegedly failing to provide Mangum with viable occupational alternatives. Jackson pledged to “scholarship” Mangum so that she might realize a brighter future. Fortunately for Jackson, Ms Mangum is currently incarcerated, having been convicted of second degree murder; freeing him to use the money for his own illegitimate daughter’s future
Sharpton has also been vociferous in decrying recent changes to the Voting Rights Act but silent about Arizona, Utah and North Carolina; seemingly oblivious to the fact that when the courts disenfranchise white American voters Black voters are disenfranchised as well. Also, while court actions in Utah, Arizona, North Carolina and California are clearly unconstitutional, congress, including the CBC, passed the legislation which authorized the courts to grant relief from restrictions imposed by the Voting Rights Act.
If Sharpton or the CBC were truly interested in equality they would be proactive against all voter disenfranchisement. They also would not advocate for removal of safeguards intended to preserve the integrity of the system. The assertion that people genuinely interested in participating in American democracy have, for more than four decades, lacked the wherewithal to acquire proper identification is ludicrous. Even more absurd is the notion that the condition is immutable.
Blacks need to realize that each time they vote to reelect a member of the Congressional Black Caucus they vote to cultivate racism and promote racial divisiveness. Missouri Representative William Lacy Clay, Jr, a CBC member and son of a CBC co-founder, issued this statement regarding the denial of CBC membership to Steve Cohen:
Quite simply, Rep. Cohen will have to accept what the rest of the country will have to accept—there has been an unofficial Congressional White Caucus for over 200 years, and now it’s our turn to say who can join ‘the club.’ He does not, and cannot, meet the membership criteria, unless he can change his skin color. Primarily, we are concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population, and we will not allow white America to infringe on those objectives.
In that white Americans are not monolithic the notion of a Congressional White Caucus, official or unofficial is absurd and unfounded. The implication that the needs and concerns of Black Americans cannot be addressed in the context of addressing the needs and concerns of all Americans is that Blacks are inherently inferior; particularly inasmuch as there are more poor whites than Blacks in this country, and this would be true even if the entire Black population was poor.
The most pernicious purveyors of racism in America are not unlike the Africans who sold other Africans into slavery, to be brought to America, or Idi Amin Dada. Until Blacks are ready to address this reality racism will flourish. Rioting and reproaching whites exacerbate the situation and marching is ineffectual unless marching to the polls to vote based on the content of character rather than skin color.