In a nutshell, Joe Biden made reference to the GOP and Republican Presidential candidates putting Blacks “back in chains…” It’s not that the comment was taken out of context, but it was taken by the GOP maliciously in an effort to show that Joe Biden had no love for his own supporters. With the Republicans’ record on minority affairs, it would be ridiculous to believe that the Republicans had their best interests at heart. What’s worst is how any Black leader could even assume that Mr. Biden meant harm by presenting that comment. Do Black leaders have any reason to act so vulnerable in the eyes of the party that is doing its best to save their dignity? If anyone answers “Yes” to this question, they really need their head examined.
Let’s face it. Blacks are in no position to stand up for the rich man. Even their conversion into the Republican Party is a more obvious grab at acceptance that will never be achieved. The holy roller intellectuals who speak against President Obama have no real reason to support any member of the Republican Party except for the promise of their own project funding. Some would call this method a ‘Sell-Out.’ I remember an instance when an older Black woman who was about to retire in three years the night Obama was elected say that she voted “…the way her boss voted…” Her boss owned a hotel. He was from India. He voted Republican. I couldn’t help but to feel sorry for her mainly because she thought that I was going to pat her on her back. She was 62 years old and wasn’t about to collect a pension from any company because her attitude caused administration to relieve her of her duties long before she could ever get that comfortable. Four years later, she is still working for that same employer. Other employees have moved on to other jobs. Word has it they just didn’t want to be miserable any longer. While the turnover rate at the hotel is high, she’s the only employee adamant about being a Republican. Her boss could probably care less.
It’s not hard to believe that Black Republicans would never use the word “uppity” to describe themselves, but words like, blessed, gifted, and privileged would fit the bill. Most well-to-do Blacks who identify with the Republican Party turn a blind-eye or develop tone deafness in the presence of other Republicans who outwardly express their disapproval of them at RNC events. Could this be the loneliest life for a Black person? The cons definitely outweigh the pros of being a Black Republican. Just imagine a Black Upper-Management level male who is so focused on the big picture for his company until he doesn’t realize how he has subjected himself to total isolation from members of his race group. Sure, there is the perception that management should remain ‘above’ his or her subordinates. Maybe it would help if that member of Upper-Management could manage the perception a little better. Now, once displaced, all bridges have been burned – and those supposed perceived friendships that existed in the workforce no longer exist. Yet, the ocean looks deeper and bluer. Everything was all good while he was in the in-crowd. His calls get screened. Her called don’t get returned. But the calls always seem to get through that ask for a donation to your favorite party. People like Dr. Cornell West and Cory Booker and even radio personality Tavis Smiley can use the airways to express their feelings about the President and his history. These three members of Black society have held their positions for quite some time and may even feel that they could broaden their fan-base by speaking-ill of the President and his entire party. Though when their plan backfires, they backtrack by offering apologies and excuses. The damage has already been done. And, although I believe the Black (race) people are the most forgiving of any race group, they can also be considered the worst to not remember history. Allen West and his stunt, however, can never be forgotten by any group.
When words and promises mean so much, Blacks fail to remember. Whether it’s a history lesson of the Flood of 1927 or the election of November 2010, they fail to remember. With little to no cohesion or solidarity, Blacks tend to use prayer as their mantra for everything. It is the church, too, that says, “Faith without works is dead.” Black leaders, and those Black Church leaders, who misguide or mislead Black members of their congregation, are like the blind leading the blind. Drop a piece of cheese and the mice will find its way to it.