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Thursday Stitch n’ Bitch: I Too Sing For Black America October 22, 2009

sewing_of_flagToday’s post is dedicated to my new Facebook friend “Sylia”. Thank you for accepting me as I am.

Being considered “black enough” is something I have struggled with my entire life.  This is probably the one issue I did sympathize with presidential candidate Barack Obama on.  Did his Caucasian mother, Ivy League education, and light complexion exclude him for being black? Obviously not since over 95% of African Americans voted for Barack Obama. Had he been a republican candidate, I doubt the results would have been the same.  A sworn Democrat is the only way that one of African descent could ever be President of the United States of America.

After being called a derogatory name once again by an African American Obama supporter (who claimed to be a fiscal conservative yet she embraces Obama’s policies ????) it is clear that being a democrat is obviously essential to ones acceptance in the African American community. When I use the term acceptance I am referring to the sort of acceptance that means your are accepted unconditionally. Without names or prejudgments (which is actually prejudice) .  I am not referring to being the tolerated friend who gets dragged out of the closet when one needs an entertainment boost at the family picnic. You know the sort. I will pretend to respect your values until I am around my liberal friends/family and then I will join in on the can of verbal whoop ass against the black political sheep.

Any situation such as this should cause indignation and protest on the part of the black conservative but for various reasons, conservatives being conservatives, we are usually conservative about displaying our anger.  That is until you are like me and you snap. Not the going street on some folks kind of snapping you see on the Jerry Springer show, but rather the Afrocity no longer gives a damn sort of snapping.

A malnourished Somali child is wrapped in an American "Stars and Stripes" cloth at a therapeutic feeding center at Dagahaley camp in Dadaab in Kenya's northeastern province, June 8, 2009.

A malnourished Somali child is wrapped in an American "Stars and Stripes" cloth at a therapeutic feeding center at Dagahaley camp in Dadaab in Kenya's northeastern province, June 8, 2009.

The colors of the American flag are red, white and blue…How is it that America has become so black and white? How is it that Black America has become so rigid in its internal diversity that there is no allowance for dialogue which involves “alternative thinking”. Here alternative thinking is really not that alternative when one considers that Caucasians have frequent discussions on conservatism versus liberalism, religion, and sexual preference.  There are black conservative revolutionaries like Thomas Sowell who clearly see the destructive element among African Americans whose sole political identifications lie with the Democrats.  As a race we are devoid of true political understanding. A tension lies between what is logical or self advancing versus what is “black”.

Take for instance the situation with the mayoral race in Atlanta, Georgia.  Atlanta has typically always had a mayor of color, however this soon may change. From this article in the  Black Agenda Report:

From the Black Panther Newspaper, Image by Emory Douglass a frequent illustrator of the newspaper.

From the Black Panther Newspaper, Image by Emory Douglass a frequent illustrator of the newspaper.

The End of Black Politics As We Knew It: Will Atlanta’s Next Mayor Be White? Should We Even Care?

October 21, 2009

by Bruce A. Dixon

36 years of black Atlanta mayors have given birth to a thriving and empowered class of black managers, attorneys and contractors. But even after moving tens of thousands of poor blacks who once lived in public housing to areas beyond the city limits, fully one third of black Atlanta remains below the poverty level, making Atlanta number 5 in black poverty among the 40 largest US cities, according to current US Census data. So have the generation of black mayors and the crew that brought them in really done African Americans that much good?

The unfortunate answers are maybe, and maybe not.

The 1973 election of Maynard Jackson was supposed to be a great victory, among the first tangible fruits of the fifties and sixties Freedom Movement. The days of marching and striking and demonstrating and boycotting and defying unjust laws, black leaders told anybody who would listen, were over. It was time for those among us who were prepared by virtue of their educations, resumés, good suits and connections, to move into the corporate boardrooms that were now ready to accept them, and the political offices they could now be voted into. The mass movement which opened up those doors was disbanded and sent home. Collective action was to be a thing of the past, except for voting and patronizing black businesses.

Guaranteeing the prosperity of the black business class and the black elite, so the gospel went, was the indispensable key to the uplift of entire black communities. Because he assumed office at the beginning of Atlanta’s mega-airport construction project, Maynard Jackson was in a better position to prove this theory of black economic uplift than the first generation of black mayors in places like Newark or Gary or Cleveland. Jackson retained a visionary purchasing exec who skillfully leveraged mayoral power to spawn more than twenty new black millionaires in the first few years of his administration and lay the foundation for the thriving and empowered class of black contractors and professionals who dominate Atlanta’s political life today.

After 36 years, the results of this experiment are in. It’s a failure. Census data on black poverty rates in the 40 largest US cities reveal that the strategies of boosting black businesses, electing black officials, and locking in the prosperity of the black elite have done all those things without lifting black Atlanta any further out of poverty than cities like hard-hit Detroit or Chicago, which hasn’t seen a black mayor since the eighties, and both of which have lower densities of black businesses than Atlanta. In 2008 33.6% of black Atlanta was below the federal poverty rate, a higher number than Philadelphia or Columbus, higher than Houston or Memphis, or Kansas City or even Detroit. Nationally, Atlanta ranks number 5 in black poverty behind Milwaukee, Cleveland, Long Beach and Portland.

Atlanta has this alarming rate of black poverty despite fifteen years of one of the nation’s most aggressive efforts to bulldoze and clear lower income black neighborhoods.

In her book "Flag: An American Story," photographer Lauri Lyons documents our mixed emotions about the Stars and Stripes.

In her book "Flag: An American Story," photographer Lauri Lyons documents our mixed emotions about the Stars and Stripes.

Rather than caring whether or not a political candidate is of the right color and the right political party, shouldn’t we as African Americans be more concerned that the political candidate will do the right thing for our communities?  If most of America’s urban areas such as Atlanta are electing, black elites to office who continue to excel in their personal and professional lives, while their constituents continue to decline and lose their lives…then really what are we accomplishing by voting for such individuals?  Why are Chicagoans continuously electing the likes of Democrat Todd Stroger who raises sales tax to 10.25% in a city with 36% of African Americans below the poverty line?

Curse Afrocity for being a Republican all you want. Call me a slave, mammy, Auntie Tom. Accuse me of being a delusional black woman who curses my skin color every time I look at reflection in the mirror. I too sing for black America. I too care about our situation, but I will be damned if I am going to subvert my political freedom in order to pacify your need to adhere to the black political standard.

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26 Responses to “Thursday Stitch n’ Bitch: I Too Sing For Black America”

  1. I too sing Black America Afrocity and when I read that article on the Black Agenda report, the question that came to mind was why no one asked the question about the political leanings of all those Black mayors; indeed of Black mayors all over the country who preside over dead and declining metropolitan areas, and yet who too often continue in the same failed policies of Democratic Party liberalism that has been proven over and again to fail. In a sadly perverse way, it is they who really are house servants though I hesitate to say it because I believe it is horrible to deride anyone in that way. These leading Black politicians reap the benefits of close association with White progressives while the masses toil in poverty and lack of opportunity receiving only the vicarious thrill of seeing “one of our own” make it to the big house, whether that be City Hall or the White House. We are much more akin to those who grew sick of plantation politics all together and decided to escape.

    • afrocity Says:

      I agree with all of your points Elderj. The problem is that blacks will not budge to entertain the possibilities of true CHANGE. Obama was really not Change, unless you are only considering his race.

      • We need to get rid of the current idea of race. While concept of race isn’t bad if you are looking at genetic lines through history and how the helped the population. Sickle cell anemia while not a good thing helps defend the body from the affects of malaria. Since malaria is very prevalent in Africa it helped people survive to a point and because very common. In South America were malaria was also prevalent but because of the cinchona tree whose bark is the source of quinine something like Sickle cell wouldn’t have been needed as a genetic trait. This also explain skin color because of the need for Vitamin D, and the lighter the skin the easier it is to get in places that it is harder.

        We need to stop looking at things through the prism of race and look towards everyone. Race doesn’t matter, it’s what in your heart and head that matters. And in politics race is just another tool to keep people divided and maintain control. We are people not a Crayola color (I say this a lot but it needs repeating).

        Since I think I have been too serious I just want everyone to know that quinine is one of the ingredients in tonic water, so every time you drink a Gin n’ Tonic you are keeping yourself malaria free.

      • RalphB Says:

        Amen to your every word. As for your aside, the quinine is why the Brits drank Gin & Tonic all over the world. 😉

  2. Joanelle Says:

    Wow, you just blew me away! Heavy stuff here – there are no real Democrats anymore – but many have missed that fact. They live in a dream-state and never seem to wake up and move forward. Until they do we won’t see real change.

    • afrocity Says:

      Joanelle, I have forgotten what a real Democrat is or does.

      • Janis Says:

        Exactly what a real Republican does … well, where “real” is defined the same way as cheez-whiz is called “cheese.”

        There’s only one party in this country — the zillionaire party, and both Dems and Pubs are their sockpuppets.

        Loved this line: “the Afrocity no longer gives a damn sort of snapping.”

        Yep. Familiar with that one myself. The next woman who justifies calling Sarah Palin foul names and then whines at me about why her BF is an *sshole gets ZERO sympathy from me.

  3. AfricanAgainstO Says:

    Thank you for stating what is my mind so succinctly. Hey my wife is the one who sales me out at friends and family gathering saying – “my husband is a republican” and I correct her saying I am a conservative first. During my last get together with our South Asian friends of us I argued and defeated their argument that Obama deserved the Nobel prize and why socialized medicine as described by democrats would bankrupt the country. I even converted two of them to this point of view. Lucky for me I am a world history buff so when people go gaga over Prez. Obama I put it in perspective for them.

  4. AfricanAgainstO Says:

    Sorry for the grammatical errors – I was on the phone while typing

  5. Shay Says:

    What the BLACK AGENDA REPORT article shows is how right Booker T. Washington was – back in the late 1800s and early 1900s – that a politics-focused agenda was not going to propel Black America. Instead, an emphasis on education, property ownership, business formation within black communities (a key piece missing from the politics-focused agenda), and character development was the way to go. Even Carter G. Woodson, father of Black History Month, sounded many of those same themes back in his day. Black people in America already have resources, as our combined GDP is approaching $1 trillion (which would make us the world’s 18th largest economy on our own). Most black people (76%) aren’t poor. It’s how we use our money, with 95% of our dollars not spent with black-owned businesses while other groups turn their dollars over five to nine times within their communities while ours doesn’t even turn once – that is not being maximized properly.

    Girl, don’t get me started on Todd Stroger!

  6. HT Says:

    You constantly amaze me. Righteous rant. Well done.

  7. aussie Says:

    there is no difference today between the carpetbaggers after the Civil War and the carpetbaggers today. They are still selling the same thing and getting enriched from the sale…..

  8. HT Says:

    Baldy, hope you will weigh in – looking forward to your comments!
    In a totally different tenor, elites – white, black, asian et al have no thoughts about bettering the life of their people – they only want to remain elites. Ergo, they all turn their backs on the neediest and plumb the depths of depravity to mine the money of those who are less well off. They need buckets of money, Goodness knows why, so they will exploit whomever has any. Just my opinion, but look at Madoff, Black, et al.
    And most amazingly, not one of them thinks what they did was wrong in any way.

  9. Holly Says:

    If you haven’t read Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell, I highly recommend it. It provides black history a context that schools no longer teach; facts and truth.

    I always say that I don’t understand why race matters-it cannot be changed and is irrelevant because poverty, death, disease, betrayal and corruption do not seek a specific race, rather it plagues the human race. Ones skin color is only a marker to represent his or her individuality, not a hierarchy of class. Those who see color as hierarchy or use color as a means to segregate society are a disgusting form of humanity in need of reflection. In the end, who cares what color we are, oppression knows no boundaries…if we aren’t free, we’re all slaves.

    The collective ideology extends beyond skin color association, especially in the gay community. If I meet someone and I feel like opening up to them about my sexuality, I do and the first response is “you don’t look gay.” I respond back, “what does gay look like?” smile and laugh. Then they find out I’m a Conservative Republican and they ask, “how can you be gay and Conservative?” I correct them, “I’m a Conservative who happens to be gay.” Name-calling that follows by Democrats or fellow gays will remain unsaid because there is not point in validating their hateful remarks. The point being, society, driven by government and popular culture, naturally segragates us if we allow them the power to dictate that identity politics trumps Individual Liberty of choice, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Thought. I love coming to your blog because you don’t give in. You and I may not always agree (90% we do), but how nice it is to read words with spirit and passion that says you define who you are and to hell with anyone who tries to tell you who you are. Sincerely, thank you.

    • Joanelle Says:

      Excellent point and well made, Holly – thank you.

      • Holly Says:

        Thank you.

        I love this blog. Intelligent Conservatives and even those who are Democrats are sane individuals with a voice that is seeking sanity in their own party and in our country. This is Heaven! It is a wonderful break in my day to read Afrocity and everyone’s comments because Lord knows I’m all alone in Washington state. haha. Everyday is a battle and they scream at me as they sit in their trees. I may be one of the few on the ground, but it sure makes me laugh. =)

  10. yttik Says:

    Amazing post, Afrocity.

    Identity politics are really damaging because it encourages you to let go of all common sense and simply vote for a brand. Women get caught up in this, too. Some people may not know this but you really can’t be female unless you’re a Democrat. Seriously, you become part of a third gender equal to something on the bottom of a shoe, rather then a living, breathing, person. That’s why it’s allegedly okay to say vile and atrocious things about conservative women, because they aren’t really women.

    • Janis Says:

      Especially conservative women who look great, made their own way in the world, and have a husband that most of the liberal idiot-women slavering for ANY MAN AT ALL would sell out their own mothers to have, a stay-at-home supportive spouse. How dare she get one of those when Ms. Whole Foods Shopper can’t find one that isn’t a porn-addicted pothead loser!

      Jealousy, pure and simple. And stupidity.

  11. mainenowandthen Says:

    I am a real advocate of voting for the candidate with talent, commitment and moral and ethical standards, not to mention a track record that showcases positive results.

    Holly, I too am an admirer of Thomas Sowell, who makes more sense than most writers who are given national space. Larry Elder is cut from the same cloth. Conservatism is a state of mind and has nothing to do with any other identifiers.

    We are fortunate to be able to read the wisdom available – there are no doubt those about who would be happy to stifle disagreement.

  12. maplesyrup21 Says:

    interesting post !

  13. ARESAY Says:

    You are a true free thinker. How has more then 40 years of “The Great Society” worked so far, compassionate liberals?

  14. garychapelhill Says:

    I’ve obviously not been visiting often enough. Great post.

    • afrocity Says:

      Hi Gary…Long time no see. Please stop by more often. Not too many PUMAs come by anymore… 😦

      • RalphB Says:

        Some of us come by to read and don’t comment much. I love your work. It’s always thought provoking and quite rare.

  15. Race [gender, etc] is easy to see. People tend towards intellectual laziness (I’m no saint–I’ve been guilty of this, too, on the gender side). Voila! Easy choices.

    Would that everyone were a hard thinker like you, AC. We’d solve our problems pretty quickly.

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