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Is the Color of Change….Black?

There are very few organizations in the word that I have absolutely no tolerance for. Most of them are liberal, antiwar organizations.

However, over the last few months, a group that has pretty much stayed out of the war-but managed to piss me off over a few other incidents-is Color of Change (won’t link to them, but do a google search). Their website suggests that they’re “united behind a simple, power pledge:” to “do all we can to make sure all Americans are represented, served and protected-regardless of race or class” (emphasis mine)

Well, today, CoC made their foray into military matters, asking for “justice” for a female African-American service member who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Turns out that someone thinks that PFC Johnson’s case is an incidence of fraticide, rather than the suicide the government apparently reported it to be.

Now, I have no problem with calling on someone to investigate this case. Fratricide-friendly fire, blue-on-blue assaults-have been a problem in the military forever. It’s usually a topic that’s held up by liberals as another example of the “criminality” of our military. Whatever. It’s something despiciable that shouldn’t happen, so yes….let’s investigate.

My only problem with CoC’s involvement in this is that they’ve never spoken up. Until now.

If you’re an organization that claims itself to be for the protection of all Americans, why do you only get involved in issues that only directly involve African Americans? If you’re going to be about injustice anywhere, be about injustice everywhere. I’d be willing to bet that there’s been other instances of blue-on-blue assaults on African American service members….why only speak up for this case? Not only that, but what about all the non African-Americans in this situation. Didn’t hear CoC jumping up and down about Pat Tillman, did you?

If an organization wants to proclaim themselves as being for all the country’s citizens “regardless of race or class,” then their actions should back that up.

I can’t say that Color of Change’s actions support their statement.




Written by Coby Dillard

July 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm

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