Frederick Douglass : The meaning of the 4th of July for the Negro
Frederick Douglass : The meaning of the 4th of July for the Negro
From Brother Carl Tate posted as an OP-Ed in the News Virginian July 5th 2015
The past few weeks have brought much debate over the historic meaning of the old Confederate battle flag. Surprisingly, most leaders, left and right, have called for the removal of the flag from public places, even from the Capitol grounds of states such as South Carolina and Alabama. A truly remarkable movement seems to be afoot to finally put the ghosts of the Civil War, which ended some 150 years ago, to rest.
The controversy, initially sparked by tragedy, has led to more soul searching, with many questioning whether statues and monuments to Confederate soldiers and political figures should continue to stand. Richmond’s Monument Avenue, with its row of statues to prominent Confederate Generals and figures for example, and even high schools named after figures such as Robert E. Lee, come to mind.
But my nomination for a figure that deserves a second glance has nothing to do with the Confederacy, though. Mine is a much revered figured from history, especially among liberals and Progressives. One who is particularly beloved in this area. His name is Thomas Woodrow Wilson, yes, little Woody.
As the head of Princeton University, Wilson referred to New York City as “Jew York”, discouraged the admission of black (and other minority) students and was a proponent of the eugenics’ movement. What was eugenics? Glad you asked. To believe in eugenics is to be in the scientific perfectibility of mankind through the mating of superior races. I’ll let you guess which race was considered superior a hundred years ago in America and which set of races was considered inferior. And still little Woody, from Staunton, was considered a leading intellect of his time. Thank God for changing times.
When he finally made it to Washington as our nation’s 28th President, he made it a point of erasing every bit of the government’s strides at racial progress. Some progressive, eh?
Woody re-segregated the federal workforce, separating federal workers by race and instituting a policy that had never been officially in place since black workers were first welcomed into the federal workforce. He rebuffed a delegation of black dignitaries visiting the White House, who were there to protest discriminatory policies in the armed forces, by telling them this: “segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen.”
Yes, he really said that.
Wilson also hosted famed director D.W. Griffin and held a screening of his racist film “Birth of the Nation”, afterward proclaiming it one of the greatest films of all time, a film mind you known for its depiction of the near rape of white women by ape-like black men in the aftermath of the Civil War. And as to the matter of federal anti-lynching legislation, Wilson did absolutely nothing, allowing the lives of hundreds of thousands of black southerners to be put in jeopardy on his watch.
Wilson was a bigot who stood out even for his time. A man whose racism came clothed in the sophistication of intellectualism and high mindedness. A liberal for his time, a white supremacist for the ages.
The real question, though, is whether the cheese and wine set in the Queen City has the courage to speak this truth. Or whether they’re so enamored with Staunton being the birthplace of a president that they’re willing to overlook the obvious racism and bigotry of little Woody? Time will tell. Indeed, time will most certainly tell.
Why I am running for the 36th District Senate seat.
We need a Senator in Richmond who will work with both parties to solve problems; with a track record of cutting taxes and providing economic opportunity for all, a commitment to open and transparent government, and a willingness to represent the “entire” district equally, which includes Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford Counties
As the Mayor of Dumfries, I have seen first-hand how State policies can help and how they can hurt. I have seen the effects of big government, a lack of transparency and complacency statewide. As Senator I will firmly reject the status quo, work collaboratively for greater transparency, innovation and empowerment and be a voice for necessary reform
I will work to forge powerful and lasting coalitions across the political aisle in order to craft common sense legislation that provides solutions to the issues facing Virginians. Government is not the recipe by which everything can be made right – nor should it be. As Senator, I will work to make headway on economic growth, transportation initiatives, ensuring pensions are funded, affordable education, and strategic long-term fiscal planning.
I am a politician committed to always placing the citizens’ interests first. The market and people should drive the economy not government manipulation and interference. We need elected officials that work for their constituents and representatives in Richmond that can say “no” to the federal government when it offers shiny new, feel-good programs, but no money to pay for them.
“Business as usual” in Richmond is clearly not serving the taxpayers in our district. Continuing to ignore our State’s problems and underfund programs that are essential to the creation of good-paying jobs, while siphoning more of our savings through ever-rising fees and taxes is destructive to our economy and our communities. It drives growth away from our state.
The philosophical foundations in Richmond must change. The people should choose how to spend their hard earned dollars, not the government. While it is essential that government has a revenue base to fulfill its obligations, our state government in Richmond has now adopted a “feed-the-beast” mentality where excessive spending requires rising taxes and runaway debt to pay for it. This will only stop if we force the politicians to change, or vote them out of office when they refuse to do so. As Senator, I will unapologetically fight for pro-growth policies and limited governmental regulation allowing the unrestricted flow of capital, labor and ideas. I am confident that when given the opportunity to vote for a candidate who brings a message of fiscal and individual responsibility, the voters of this district will take it. My candidacy brings that opportunity. I am not naïve – I won’t win every battle, but the battle must be joined.
Every election is about the future and this race will be no different. I want to build a Virginia that challenges citizens to change their communities for the better. We need more people in the legislature who can identify what is right with our State and build on its strengths to make it better, and not just identify what is wrong and criticize it. Together, let’s fight for the values that Northern Virginians hold dear. There is much work to do for our State. I look forward to earning your support and your vote, and promise that you will always know where I stand; I stand with you!
Mayor Jerry Foreman
In case you missed it, Virginia Virtucon ran a great Op-Ed from Richmond Committee Chairman Chip Muir ..Very interesting ready
The race issue has come to light lately, of course the dialogue is being driven by a story starved press. I saw this clip online the other day, and it is a perfect example how some folks will ask questions and say things without knowing how incredibly offensive it can be. Here is a great example of people just …not knowing
When there’s blood in the streets (streets)
And you remain quiet, don’t you come with a speech
(When it pop) Man down (down), Gunned by police
Hood Cries, you ignore it? Don’t say nuthin’ to me
(When it pop) (When it pop)
The hood been cryin’ out (cryin’ out), but no one ever hears (yeah)
Until they turn it upside down (side down) Now everyone appears (yeah)
It’s easy for me to look at killings like Trayvon Martin’s and Michael Brown’s and say that the outcomes of the inquiries into them resembled justice. I can do that because, in both situations, there were-and remain-a lot of unknowns; a lot of unanswered questions that could lead an individual to say those killings weren’t outright murders. In those instances, I understand how and why the conclusions were made.
That said, I can’t look at the decision to not prosecute the police office that killed Eric Garner and come to the same conclusion about justice being served. It wasn’t, and there’s no denying that. Even if I grant the police the latitude necessary for them to effectively and safely do their jobs, there is no way that I get to the point of choking someone to their death as a viable method of restraint. No, it may not be murder, but it’s definitely negligence…and New York has a statute for criminally negligent homicide.
I’ll leave that the the federal lawyers to sort out.
These multiple killings-Martin’s, Brown’s, Garner’s-have led to protests and degrees of civil unrest. Rightly so, despite my disagreement with some of the tactics. What we see in Ferguson, what we saw in Florida and around the country last year, is the boiling over of decades of tension and frustration between the black community and the police departments that are supposed to keep the peace.
I notice, however, that people have a hard time acknowledging that frustration. They ask why blacks don’t get upset at the high rates of black-on-black killings, or at the disproportionate rates of black abortions, questioning why some “black lives matter” and those supposedly taken at the hands of other blacks don’t.
To those who I know who make those arguments, do me a favor: stop.
Because those arguments don’t show any concern for what’s going on. They don’t show any compassion for what happened. You can’t dictate to a people-of any color-what they should and should not be upset about. Let’s keep this real: if black police officers were killing young white men in the way Brown and Garner were killed, and if George Zimmerman was a black man, we know what the reaction would be. You do too.
And the funny thing is that the black community would support your frustration. Why? Because we know firsthand what it feels like. Been happening to us for a while.
Do you really think that blacks don’t care about blacks killing blacks, through any form of violent actions? Do you really think we’re not smart enough to recognize the problems that our community has? Do you really think we’re not capable of addressing them?
If you do, I understand. You’re safely insulated. You don’t know what’s going on; don’t see the pastors and community leaders in their streets, going door to door if necessary and pleading for the violence to stop. You don’t see the few-and true, that’s unfortunate-black men who stay in their neighborhoods, working to bring peace and betterment. And the ones you do see and hear about, you cast them as “militants”, because they make you feel uncomfortable.
And yet, when I talk about black murders, black abortions, black kids who can’t read and aren’t learning in schools…..you applaud.
My community has some real issues; I know. We’re doing the best we can to deal with them with the resources we have. Our responses aren’t perfect; sometimes they’re loud. Sometimes they’re profane. Sometimes, yes, they’re self destructive. But they’re ours, with all their positive and negative implications.
Let us have them. Allow us the time and space to get our emotions out…and then help us continue the work of improving.
PUBLISHED TODAY IN INSIDE NOVA OCT 29TH
By Terrence Boulden
A lot of campaign promises and accusations have been made by Republicans and Democrats during this election season. But there are a few facts that have surprisingly gone largely unnoticed here in Virginia. One major fact is that African-Americans have fallen further behind in nearly every economic statistic since Mark Warner was elected Senator in 2008.
I’ll be the first to say that I think Mark Warner is a nice man. But it’s important that we hold our elected leaders accountable for what they said they would do. The African-American community turned out in record numbers to elect Mark Warner, but where is the return on the investment?
Warner claimed to serve as a bipartisan leader who would work to help lift the economic outcomes of all Americans, but the facts show that this simply hasn’t happen. For example if you look at poverty, the national poverty rate recently decreased to 14.5%, its first drop since 2006. Although the overall rate decreased for America, the poverty rate remained unchanged at an alarmingly high 27.2% for African-Americans. And since 2008, when Mark Warner was elected, Blacks have suffered the greatest in the area of poverty compared to other ethnic groups. The facts show that the poverty rate has increased 2.5% for Blacks, from 24.7% to 27.2%, while it has only increased 1% for Whites, from 8.6% to 9.6%. That’s right! Not only is the poverty rate for Blacks nearly three times more than Whites, poverty has grown at more than twice the rate for Blacks as for Whites since Mark Warner has been Senator.
Take a look at the median household income as another example of how African-Americans have fallen further behind. From 2008 to today, median household incomes for Whites have increased by $2,740, but it has only increased $380 for Blacks during the same period. That means the household median income gap between Blacks and Whites are growing wider under the policies of Sen. Mark Warner.
While the jobs and unemployment picture appears to be doing better across America, with a national rate of 5.9%, this economic outlook looks bleak for our community, as Blacks are experiencing an 11% unemployment rate, which is double that of the White unemployment rate of 5.1%. And while Black Americans are only 10% of the employed population, they are 22% of the long-termed unemployed.
We must hold our elected officials accountable for their campaign promises. This must be true for Republicans and Democrats. Mark Warner’s opponent Ed Gillespie has run a campaign focused on robust economic growth that lifts income, poverty, and job opportunities for everyone, no matter where you’re from or where you live.
Early in his campaign, Gillespie released a detailed five-point policy proposal for Economic Growth (EG2) that would get the economy moving again. His plan focuses on unleashing American energy, tax and regulatory relief, education reform, removing the anti-growth provisions in the health care law, and addressing our national budget crisis.
Go to Ed’s website and study it for yourself. Forget whether he has an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ beside his name at the voting booth. Let’s evaluate the campaign promises of our political candidates and then hold them accountable for their actions. Because African-Americans cannot afford six more years of falling further behind.
Terrence Boulden is President of the Virginia Black Conservatives and lives in Woodbridge.
In 2012 Mitt Romney garnered 17 percent of the minority vote, while unemployment was at a staggering 14.4 percent. Today the minority unemployment rate is 12.2 percent, not better off than we were 2 years ago. Why do we continue to keep voting for a party that does nothing for us, but keep us happy in debt and regulation.Why should minorities vote the Republican ticket this year? Simply put, the Democratic Party has done nothing but enslave the minority community with big government promises and bigger government lies.Malcom X spoke about this issue in plain terms back in 1964:“The Democrats have been in Washington D.C. only because of the Negro vote. They’ve been down there four years, and they’re — all other legislation they wanted to bring up they brought it up and gotten it out of the way, and now they bring up you. And now, they bring up you. You put them first, and they put you last, ’cause you’re a chump, a political chump.”“Anytime you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that Party can’t keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you’re dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that Party, you’re not only a chump, but you’re a traitor to your race.”What would Malcolm X say about today’s 95 percent black vote? Did the Democratic Party keep its promises to push education reform and encourage job creation? Absolutely not. With failing schools in low income minority neighborhoods, without giving parents a choice to take their children out of those failing schools, and into better ones. The Democratic Party has failed to bring down the jobless rate in the minority community, and have pushed minimum wage earnings as a way of life.It’s time that minorities take a different path, instead of continuing to go down the road of broken dreams and promises.