Politics: Likes and Dislikes


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New York City School Wall.

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
I’m lonely–

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



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