Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Young People: Know Your History by Akindele Akinyemi


I am prepared for every Democrat I know in Detroit to attack me head on. The reason? There is a Democratic and Republican Presidential forum going on today at the NAACP Convention.

While there will only be one Republican candidate there (Rep. Tom Tancredo) the Democratic candidates will be reinforcing their agenda for Black voters to continue voting Democrat. I would not have a problem with this if the Democratic Party had an actual agenda for Blacks.

They don't. But I will carry my own cross on this one. Watch how the Black Press demonize the Republican Party. And if you are a Black Republican like me watch how they crucify us as a whole as being Uncle Toms and other stupid names because we are telling the truth.

You see what people are not watching is this. Most Black and White conservatives view the NAACP as irrelevant. For instance, we saw the other day how the issue of Black Genocide (abortion) was rejected on the convention floor. Democrats (and their allies) have convinced more Black women to kill their own babies via abortion than they ever managed to string up back when they hid their faces under sheets.

I picked up the educational policy brief of the NAACP yesterday while I was at the convention and I have read it cover to cover twice. Not one time did they even mention or breathe educational options.

Speaking of such how come the NAACP was passing out literature from the National Education Association but not from Black Alliance for Education Options? Many Black children are stuck in disastrous, failing schools. That's why it's no surprise that a majority of our people support charter schools and vouchers, just like the Republican Party. But, the Democratic Party, at the behest of the teachers’ unions, has worked ceaselessly to keep Black children trapped in mediocre schools by killing voucher programs.

And the NAACP is in lockstep of keeping children trapped in failing public schools. One even told me that charters are doing worse and when I told her that 86% of students graduate from charters she walked away with a frown on her face.

The family has completely fallen apart in Black America. Illiteracy is higher than 47% in Detroit. Yet, none of these issues are being addressed from leadership. After all, Chairman Juilan Bond had the power to set the tone of the conference this past Sunday to discuss rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man. Instead, he talked about President Bush and race.

Perhaps if the NAACP would not beat up on every single Republican (Black or White) we would participate more. I strongly feel that before the NAACP reach out to White Republicans to discuss public policy that they consult first with their Black brothers and sisters who are Republicans. After all, most of us were raised in urban settings and have never lived like Carleton Banks.

Take a look at who is supporting the NAACP in Michigan for their convention:

ACORN

AFL-CIO

Clean Water Action

Coalition for Progress

Democratic Socialists of America

EMILY's List

Human Rights Campaign

MARAL Pro-Choice

MI List

Michigan Citizen Action

Michigan Educational Association

Michigan Equality

Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Michigan Trial Lawyer Association

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan

SEIU State Council

Sierra Club

Triangle Action Fund

Women's Actions for New Directions

Why would ANY Republican candidate show up only to be beat down? If you are a Black Republican that is even worse.

Blacks have a excellent history in the Republican Party. If the NAACP was true to the game they would reveal the history of the Republicans to the hundreds of clueless young adults walking around in the convention.

You see the Democratic Party have a long history of denying Blacks civil rights. However, in the 1960s, when the Democrats’ overt racism became untenable, they switched to a strategy they've used all the way until the present day. Instead of persecuting Black people because they thought they were inferior, they decided to "help" us because they thought they were inferior. Unfortunately for our people, the "help" they get from the Democratic Party is almost always perversely damaging.

Democrats began killing the Black family by stressing the importance of the great society, welfare, food stamps, and all other manner of government perks because they said they wanted to help people. What was the result of that help? The Democrats did something that they hadn't managed to do when they enslaved Black people, persecuted them with Jim Crow laws, or terrorized them with the Ku Klux Klan.

The Democratic Party and their allies have managed to destroy the Black family.

While the NAACP look over the real issues as well as the Black Press one can only look into Black neighborhoods that are overrun with crime. In some of the best and worst neighborhoods in Detroit alone, you have drug dealers on the corners, thugs breaking into houses, and people are afraid to let their children play in their front yards without someone being shot from a neighborhood drive-by (sometimes a walk-by).

The Republican solution to this is to get the criminals off the streets so that they can't harm innocent people. The Democratic solution is to treat the cops like bad guys (Driving While Black), the criminals like victims (36th District), and to try to put the gangbangers and psychos back on the streets(Gov. Granholm closing of Jackson State Prison).

Black criminals mostly live in Black neighborhoods and prey on Black Americans. Every time a Black criminal is put back into society, chances are that he's going to primarily victimize another Black American.

Speaking of victimization, how many Black people have lost their jobs to illegal immigrants or have money taken out of their pockets because illegals -- who aren't even supposed to be in this country -- are depressing their wages? Yet, who's sticking up for the Americans losing their jobs to illegals? Republicans. On the other hand, who wants to leave the border open to millions of workers from South of the border who'll be taking jobs from American workers, including Black people? The Democrats.

When it comes to Affirmative Action in the workplace, how many Black people really benefit from it? Very, very few. But, how many successful Black people have their accomplishments diminished because everyone around them thinks they got to where they are because of Affirmative Action? It happens all the time. So, not only do racial preferences prevent a lot of young Black people from succeeding, they cause people to question the legitimacy and worthiness of Blacks who have made it.

Then there are the race baiters who make a living by convincing Black people that they're victims and that only the Democratic Party can fix their problems. They're people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and yes the leadership of the NAACP, who make a living by convincing Black people to vote for the very people who are destroying them.

For example, when the young man hung himself in Mississippi a few years ago the Black Press spun it as if Whites had hung him. Then the Rev. Jesse Jackson flew in with Operation Push to spin the issue further in the ground. He even wanted $60,000 from this dirt poor town for coming down.

Yet, he is considered a champion for civil rights.

Living in my community feels like living on a plantation. On the plantation you receive the crumbs that fall from the table. Well today, welfare benefits are a form of reparations. Crumbs that fall from the table. And what happens when someone wants to leave the plantation? You are called all kinds of awful things to bring down your self esteem. Many will question how "Black" you are as well as challenging your commitment to the "struggle". I always tell young conservatives to reject struggle in their minds and accept victory.

African Americans have been voting for the Democratic Party for 40 years and they may be voting for them for another 40 years the way things are going. This is despite the fact that the worst places for Blacks in this country to live are always run by Democrats.

Benton Harbor, Detroit, Saginaw, Inkster, Ecorse, River Rouge, Highland Park, Flint, and Muskegon Heights to name just a few here in Michigan.

Marion Barry can get caught smoking crack, Ray Nagin was totally incompetent during Hurricane Katrina, and William Jefferson can get caught with bribe money in his freezer, but Blacks dutifully go to the polls and vote them right back into office.

Here is the reason. Our old leadership have convinced Black people that it's better to vote for a crack addict, an incompetent, or a crook than to vote for a Republican. This has put Blacks in a position where Democrats don't take them seriously because they know they have the Black vote locked up and Republicans have written off black voters because they believe that no matter what they do, Blacks won't vote for them.

But what would happen if Blacks began voting Republican in urban areas? Would our State Representatives and State Senators run as Republicans? Is it a front?

Even Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson made this stunning comment:

About five years ago, in a debate before the National Association of Black Journalists, I stated that if whites were to just leave the United States and let blacks run the country, they would turn America into a ghetto within 10 years. The audience, shall we say, disagreed with me strongly. Now I have to disagree with me. I gave blacks too much credit. It took a mere three days for blacks to turn the Superdome and the convention center into ghettos, rampant with theft, rape and murder.

President Bush is not to blame for the rampant immorality of Blacks. Had New Orleans' black community taken action, most would have been out of harm's way. But most were too lazy, immoral and trifling to do anything productive for themselves.

All Americans must tell blacks this truth. It was Blacks' moral poverty not their material poverty that cost them dearly in New Orleans. Farrakhan, Jackson, and other race hustlers are to be repudiated for they will only perpetuate this problem by stirring up hatred and applauding moral corruption. New Orleans, to the extent it is to be rebuilt, should be remade into a dependency-free, morally strong city where corruption is opposed and success is applauded. Blacks are obligated to help themselves and not depend on the government to care for them. We are all obligated to tell them so.

Should Republicans do a better job in reaching out to Black people for the Republican Party? Yes. But because so many in the Republican Party them are scared to conduct outreach in the inner city (some have never came in direct contact with Black people) it will be our responsibility to conduct this type of outreach program. We should be holding our own Presidential forum tackling real concrete issues to help transform our community.

Finally, the NAACP does not speak for everyone who is Black. Holding a Presidential forum in Detroit for Republicans would have been nothing more than a bashing session based on fear and ignorance. I await the day when the local, state or federal NAACP hold a conference with Black Democrats and Black Republicans to tackle issues facing Black America.

Of course, the only ones that will be doing that is One Network.

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