Posts Tagged ‘black political involvement’
Peter Nicholas Boulware (born December 18, 1974) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for Florida State University, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played his entire pro career for the Ravens.
Boulware was a Republican candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in the 2008 general election.
I did a series highlighting notable African American Republicans back in 2009. I think it’s important-especially during Black History Month-to look back and see the longstanding connection to conservatism in the black community, in a effort to try to rebuild those relationships that have, over time, been lost. -Coby
James H. Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is an American civil rights movement figure, a writer, and a political adviser. In 1962, he was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. Motivated by President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.
The Jena 6. The Obama ascendancy.
Both of these stories have a unifying theme. In both, black Americans came out in droves to protest or support a cause they felt worthwhile. Facebook groups were started, emails flew across the internet from individuals and organizations, phone calls and text messages came from people you didn’t know…every form of organizing you can imagine for these causes took place.
And then, they just ended. Not because the causes themselves weren’t sustainable, but because their participants declared a victory on a limited goal, and then moved on with their lives.
This is, unfortunately, the nature of black political involvement-mobilize for what amounts to a split second, declare victory, fade away, rebuild and restart for the next “crisis.” And it’s about to happen again with the execution of Troy Davis.