July 23, 2004
Black conservative commentator Mychal Massie, of Philadelphia, says Kedwards and the Ds offer nothing to blacks but presumption and soft bigotry.
...Democrats are only able to choose white liberals for national and key party positions. Kerry seems to have taken this to a whole new level, having to first be reminded that he had no blacks in key campaign positions...
Kerry-Edwards is yet another flagrant example of what liberals really think of blacks. To the Kerry-Edwards liberals, it is sufficient to show up on the church doorsteps, perform what amounts to a "Saturday Night Live" rendition of "The Old Rugged Cross" or "We Shall Overcome" while smiling and preening like Al Jolson without black face (my apologies to Jolson).
One cannot help but wonder when blacks will realize the only thing black about white liberals like Kerry and Edwards is their hearts. And the only thing they view blacks as being good for is a few million votes in election cycles.
Until their track record for appointing blacks to key national positions improves dramatically, it would be good for them to stop attacking conservatives....What have liberal Democrats done for blacks other than raise the misery index?
Once again the answer is zip, nadda, nothing, zilch – unless one counts delivering pre-packaged messages of inferiority as counting toward something positive.
...Kerry tells black church groups he will encourage their students to study math, science and technology by spending $100 million more of taxpayer's money on scholarships for college with large minority enrollments.
But he offers no insight into his plans to curb black-on-black crime, disproportionate illegitimacy rates, homes without fathers, etc. He offers no insight into the phenomena of black students purposefully failing so as not to be like "whitey."
...I submit the only evil perpetrated upon blinded blacks greater than crack cocaine, is liberal Democrats. Instead of treating minorities with the respect and encouragement they give their own children, they treat them as handicapped retards. And to their impassioned delight, it still works.
Whew! Tell us what you really think Mr. Massie! Can't say he's really off the mark, though. Even if Kerry did just add a few Democratic Establishment blacks to his campaign team (Vernon Jordan, Alexis Herman).
Speaking to the National Urban League in Detroit yesterday, Kerry pitched more spending on drug treatment, mentoring, tutoring and job training programs to curb big-city gang violence among young black males. He remarked, "We need to send young people a strong, clear message that there is another path."
Right, with more social programs. Because the parents aren't capable of delivering that message themselves. Damn, Massie IS right.
I wonder who Bill Cosby is voting for.
Posted by Matt Rosenberg at July 23, 2004 09:42 AM
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As we stated on our website, one thing that annoyed us about Kerry's speech is that he mostly discusses poverty whenever he gets up in front of black audiences. 76% of blacks aren't even poor - and this figure is higher when discussing black voters. Certainly, poverty is an issue that concerns black voters (due to relatives left behind, etc.) However, can he expand his horizons? He's about four decades behind the times here.
When are the blacks of this country going to learn that the Democrats are the ones holding them down. Without inequality, and racial strife the Dems can't claim to be the one's fighting to end these things. I present Jesse Jackson as an example. Fighting for equal rights for blacks has made him a wealthy man. So I ask: Why would he want inequality to end? Why would he want the problems the black communities of the country face to end? He doesn't. He creates it where it doesn't exist. Without inequality and racial strife Jesse Jackson would be irrelevant.
Actually, I don't think the Republicans are much better. Most black voters should be independent of both political parties, as both have historically sold out us out! And both continue to do so. Instead, we should vote based on the particular candidate and go across partisanship.
Casey, you should also ask: why do Republicans do such a piss-poor job of selling their ideas to black voters? Why does the GOP allow the Democratic Party to have a monopoly in media that black voters tend to follow? Why is the GOP utterly missing in action on the ground in black communities, going toe to toe with Dems? And then Republicans whine about why they get so few black votes? No surprise there. Why does the GOP also play the race card, with coded and not-so-coded race appeals to Confederate lovers? That also enhances racial strife.
molotov, you ask why the R's do such a poor job of selling their ideas to black Americans.
I used to have a black coworker who complained bitterly about lazy people on welfare and about her high taxes. (I have to say, she complained much more than I ever did. I don't resent having to help people so they don't starve in the streets.) One day I half-jokingly told her that if she kept all that up, she was going to have to vote Republican. She was shocked. "Oh, no! It's just that I think if people want something they ought to work for it, and they ought to get to keep what they earn." Well, there's a major part of the Republican platform, completely internalized by this person, but she couldn't vote Republican or I guess she would turn white. She told me another time about it being sad when black people lose their identity, and since she didn't mean amnesia, I guess voting R must have been it.
So I don't know how useful it would be to have Republicans try to sell their ideas to the black community. Their ideas might go over just fine, but the Democrat lever will be pulled in the voting booth.