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The Black Horse Is Out of the Barn

The weekly socio-political commentary from activist, Perry Redd

The weekly socio-political commentary from activist, Perry Redd

Have you got a pair yet? Cat’s got your tongue again, huh? I know you can’t really talk about that around the watercooler at work. Well, someone else can—and is—talking about it…the obvious. We all know it, but scared to death to say so. Our Attorney General told the world, that the only reason anyone views he and the president as “ineffective” is because they’re Black. About damned time!

Attorney General Eric Holder went on the ABC Sunday morning talk show and said he sees “racial animus” in strident Republican opposition to some Obama administration policies. Conservatives in the media realm say he’s playing racial politics. I wonder why they’d say that? When we’re examining why nothing substantial is moving in congress, why is it not possible to unearth all of the rocks that cause our flowers not to bloom? Why wouldn’t we pull all of the weeds when looking for what’s chocking out our vegetables?

Look, I’ve always said that, when all is said and done, race and racism is the culprit for all of America’s ills. Whether poverty, unemployment, fiscal instability or debt, race always underlies the holes in The American Dream. Nothing in this country will work right—including congress—if you don’t solve the race problem. I didn’t stutter; never will.

You can holler economics all you want. Under every economic rock is racial inequality. Whether is the national debt, lending practices, personal wealth, inheritances, under-funding of social programs, or cutting government spending, it’s always predicated by who won’t get the lion’s share of the money…Black people.

What I am relieved about is that he didn’t recant anything. He said, “there’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me (and) directed at the President. … There’s a certain racial component to this for some people.” Look, even Stevie Wonder can see that. You’ve got elected leaders, nationwide, making nigger jokes to detract from his character and accomplishments. These childish pranks take children’s eyes off the work that the president is trying to do—even if those children are adults.

Although some folks might have gotten selective amnesia, the AG spoke about this race-hating a few years back. Holder said he also stood by comments from a 2009 speech in which he said America is a “nation of cowards” on race and sees a crop of new voter identification laws, many of them passed by GOP-controlled state legislatures, as a way to disenfranchise Black voters. If anyone denies that race plays a significant and opaque role in the drive to legislate negatively of late, don’t trust ‘em any father than you can throw ‘em!

It is wholly disingenuous to speak about the opposition to President Obama’s pro-people policies and not mention the racial components. Raising the minimum wage for working class Americans cannot be seen as a bad thing, nor could opposing it be an election time benefit, but Republicans find a way to demonize such policies. Former Illinois Republican congressman turned conservative radio host Joe Walsh Tweeted: “Simple question for Eric Holder and all others who use race to protect Obama: Is it possible to oppose Obama and not be a racist?” I say, protect him from what? White males still attack his person, as opposed to his policies, right after making mention of the policy.

They talk about his fitness to lead, as if he’s an invalid. He takes executive actions to their dismay, then these same joes won’t entertain immigration reform—in it’s fullness—but attack Obama’s ability to lead? It’s alright if you don’t want to follow, but please give valid socio-political reasons why!

Then comes the former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s call to impeach Obama…you gotta be kiddin’ me! She doesn’t even read newspapers (remember that?)! That factors into the hot air surrounding race and politics, according some pundits. You can best believe that if they could Ray Nagin him, or Kwame Kilpatrick him, or Jesse Jr. either of them, they would. I’m not saying they weren’t guilty, but I am saying that, Obama is conducting his presidency the same way his predecessors did. Sure, I hate that, but I’m going to stick to the facts.

People are out there still talking birth certificates and “muslim.” This is all about white racists reminding their people that he’s not one of us!” I’m here to tell you, they’re right! Who would want to be a mean-spirited, hate-mongering, truth-twisting, history-denying person? When it comes to race, the only way to eradicate it is to face it, own up to it and speak it out of existence. The horse is out of the barn now, but conservatives are scared that the horse is a black one.

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