Politics brings out likes and dislikes, not only about politicians, their policies, and the direction of the country, but also about how decisions are made. Deep in my bones, I dislike the continuing assumption that blacks of every ilk cannot assess for themselves, but parrot corporate or Democratic thinking for government largess (Romney, 47%!), a “plantation mentality”–when the history of blacks demonstrates myriad ways that those mythical notions (integral to white supremacy!) were rejected and continually found unacceptable to a community that fought actively and passively for freedom!
These assumptions are an insult to Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Party that challenged the Democratic establishment in 1968; they misrepresent the election of Terri Sewell in the 7th district, the only black or Democrat in Alabama’s congressional delegation; they ignore Reconstruction.
Recent midterm elections in Alabama and Mississippi gave witness to the sophistication of the black electorate, one in rejecting an black candidate for an important mayorship; the other in crossing over in a Republican primary to defeat a Tea Party candidate.
Of course, I recognized the quote from James Weldon Johnson’s poem! I remember, too, the lines that come before:
God stepped out on space
And he looked around and said
Those of us who are black remember Gil Scott-Heron’s coda:” It is winter in America;” and Gwendolyn Brooks demand: “Admit me to our mutual estate.”
Iowa’s Black Caucusgoers – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/202xSs4