Black Americans are told they must vote for black politicians as a matter of loyalty to their race. White Americans are told they must vote for black politicians to prove they are not racist rednecks.
So we have a respectable amount of black political leadership in the nation today, given that they make up close to 13% of the nation's population. The question is, can they be racially blind when governing a population that is largely racially different than they are?
Hmm. New York's Mayor David Dinkins was the city's first black mayor, a Democrat in a Democratic town, elected in 1990. We were told, over and over, that he would bring a new era of racial healing to a torn city. Of course, the opposite occured, and blacks were allowed to torment Korean shopkeepers and impose a pogrom on the Jews of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, while the mayor turned a blind eye. He was turned out in 1994 in favor of Rudy Guliani, and this Democratic city has elected strictly Republican mayors for the last 16 years.
So here we are in 2009. Has minority leadership grown up, and grown past racial vengence? Apparently, not in New York state:
During the first five months of this year, with the Senate under the control of its first African-American majority leader, [State Senator Malcolm] Smith, top Democrats bemoaned the lack of minority Senate staffers.
But instead of trying to recruit new hires, they fired nearly 200 almost exclusively white workers and replaced them with a large number of minority employees, many of whom were seen by their fellow workers to be unskilled at their new jobs.
The move produced severe racial tensions, made worse by the fact that, as a high-level Democratic staffer confided, “We’ve been told to only hire minorities.'’
This is ugly, and hasn't gotten the attention it deserves, simply because it is racism against white-skinned people, which is one of two types acceptable in mainstream society (the other is anti-Semitism, but you knew that). Were it white public officials firing 200 minority employees to change the complexion of their workplace - replacing them with incompetents, to boot - there would be a nationwide uproar.
Instead, media silence, and silence from our post-racial President. Somebody ought to tell minority leadership that the race game is a sure loser for them; for if all people feel they must vote by race to protect themselves, you'll be down to a handful of minority elected officials, all from ethnic enclaves. Even guilt(voting) is a rope that can wear thin...
Not a good way to get national - or even statewide - representation. But a great recipie for a disaster in a nation that has seen improving race relations. And it opens up the possibilty that good men or women of minority status will not get elected to higher posts due to the works of the Dinkins, and Smiths....
A tragedy for all, unless minority leadership gets their act together and the Democrats and the media stop excusing every act of liberal racism. Meanwhile, in Obama's America, the "beat" goes on:
Akron police say they aren't ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation.
But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.
It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend's home in South Akron.
Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world'' and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and his family.
The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.
''This was almost like being a terrorist act,'' Marshall said. ''And we allow this to go on in our neighborhoods?''
Apparently, we are. As long as the victims are people of pallor....