Thursday, August 24, 2006

Is Steele really gaining blacks' support ??

The Washington Times is reporting Maryland Democratic Party's traditional support among blacks appears to be slipping, now that hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons -- who has helped register thousands of Democratic voters -- has endorsed Republican Michael S. Steele for the U.S. Senate. Whatever!

Check this out, Mr. Simmons is scheduled to hold a fundraiser tonight at Baltimore's Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park for Mr. Steele, the lieutenant governor and the first black to win a statewide office in Maryland.

African-American Political Pundit
says: One has to wonder if Russell Simmons can actually get young African-American voters to the polls to vote Republican. My experience working as Director of the Youth Citizenship Fund, Boston Youth Voter Registration Project years ago indicates registering young black voters is one thing, getting them to the polls is another. Getting them to vote Republican, at a time of war and with the backdrop of Katrina, and Spike Lee's movie is another totally different story.

Good luck Steele and Simmons! You will need it.

6 Comments:

At 8/24/2006 07:33:00 PM, Anonymous skeptical brotha said...

An increasingly large number of influential black business people have been drinking the poisoned Kool-Aid Steele's been proffering.

It should come as no surprise that Russell Simmons, the same hip-hop mogul that endorsed NY GOP Governor Pataki over a black man, the first African American Democrat to win his party's gubernatorial nomination in New York State History.

Simmons, the Hip-Hop Mogul has been all over the map politically and has been bending the hip-hop community over and telling them to hold their ankles while the GOP administer a brutal skrewing to communities of color.

Endorsing Handkerchief Head Black Conservatives while claiming to "keep it real" is the biggest load of B.S. I have ever heard.

 
At 8/25/2006 01:47:00 AM, Blogger Steve Falcon said...

Endorsing Handkerchief Head Black Conservatives while claiming to "keep it real" is the biggest load of B.S. I have ever heard.

Chris Rock was right. Black people ARE more racist than white people because, "Black people hate black people, too!"

 
At 8/25/2006 01:48:00 AM, Blogger Steve Falcon said...

BTW, how come white people get to have differing political views without being called racist names by their own, but black people don't?

 
At 8/25/2006 07:45:00 PM, Anonymous skeptical brotha said...

Brotha Steve,

To put it simply, Black Conservatism is inimical to the social, political, and economic interests of Black people. It seeks to turn logic on its head and replace it with "mainstream opinion" that is disconnected from a black reality.

I understand where I come from and my family’s personal struggle to escape from Jim Crow's racist shackles.

I understand how my grandmother struggled to raise her children after the breakup of an abusive marriage.

I understand how Jim Crow forced her to labor and be degraded as a domestic servant for white folks so she could feed her children and pay for nursing school.

I understand how it is that she became the longest serving black nurse in the first Veterans Administration Hospital and never made the top pay grade while white nurses with a third of her seniority made as much or more than she.

I understand how it is that her eldest child died of exposure to Agent Orange and his struggle to gain service connected benefits from the same racist institution that employed his mother.

In short, I understand black rage. A rage is nurtured by good old-fashioned white supremacy and the social, economic, and political inequality it engenders.
It quite clearly is something you lack. I've got plenty brotha. Want some? You sure as hell need some.

 
At 8/25/2006 11:13:00 PM, Blogger African American Political Pundit said...

Falcon, I don't think you understand the word racism. It appears that you mix racism and prejudice in your recent comments. As an example.

Racism is the belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.

That makes you a racist.

Why?

Because you have a belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race (the white race) is superior to others (the black race).

But, can you really be racist?

When more narrowly defined, racism is a system of oppression, such as institutional racism that is based on ideas that one race is superior to other races. Organizations and institutions that practice racism discriminate against and marginalize a class of people who share a common racial designation.

The term "racism" or "racist" is usually applied to the dominant group in a society, because it is that group which has the means to oppress others.

Although you would like to be, you are not part of a dominant group in American Society which has the means to oppress others.

So, can you be a racist. Not in the pure sense of the word. But, you sure can be stupid and you can be prejudice.

I thought you are an educated man. To quote Chris Rock as an expert is... well just as stupid as Chris Rock's comedy.

When Skeptical Brotha wrote of the anger and pain of racism, he didn't talk of Chris Rock's comedy he talked about real racism at the heart of North American slavery, segregation, defacto segregation, jim crow, and the overseas colonization of yesterday and today.

 
At 8/26/2006 02:24:00 AM, Blogger liberal journal man said...

Skeptical brotha,

You 7:45 comment is amazing.

I'm white and a while back I was talking to a white friend who asked me, "Why do Blacks vote Democrat, what have the Democrats done?" I tried to explain how absurd it is for Blacks to vote for the party of Strom Thurmond (who to this day is still idolized by many White southerners). I tried to explain to him how things like increased public school funding and things like pell grants help.

But he didn't get it. He still drank the Kool Aid, saying, but pro-business policies are good for the economy which helps give Blacks jobs. Charter schools give Blacks a choice on where to go school, etc.

I was amazed at how easy it was for him to mentally separate conservative policies from conservative ideology, which in effect says, if you're poor you haven't worked hard enough (among other things).

Now, while I would like to see this country return to sanity in November, I'm not here to be a Democratic spokesperson. You are just right on the money when you say conservatism is inimical to the interests of Black folks. That is what I was trying to explain to my white friend. I think that perhaps Mr. Falcon is making that same separation in his mind, and doing so erroneously.

 

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