A Republican Challenge
With black unemployment at 15% percent, almost 40% of our population in prison, and 33% of our families receiving public assistance, it’s past time for the black community to demand better. We have to stop accepting at face value the statements of those who rush to “defend” and “protect” us against Republicans and the Tea Party, and begin to demand that equal enthusiasm be applied to the all-too-real issues of our community. We have to begin to see through the rhetoric that blames African American problems on external entities, and begin to look inside our houses, churches, and the offices of our officials to ensure that our interests are met and our issues addressed.
My latest musing for the New Journal and Guide takes a look at Newt Gingrich’s willingness to stand in front of the NAACP and suggest they “demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.” It’s another Crimson Tide moment-a statement that’s factually dubious (in this case), but that, upon reflection, reveals a much deeper truth.
Yes, we in the black community should do exactly as Gingrich says. Doing that, though, will require an overt challenge to some of our community’s most cherished institutions.
Are we ready to take that step?