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07 April 2010

Blacks Can Be Every Bit As Racist As Whites. . .

. . .Especially against their own people.

They've been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values. Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement -- and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation's first black president.

"I've been told I hate myself. I've been called an Uncle Tom. I've been told I'm a spook at the door," said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.

The Associated Press (2010-4-6). Black Conservative Tea Party Supporters Take Heat. WXIA-TV. Retrieved on 2010-4-7.

As much as I hate to admit, this kind of racism amongst black people happens all the time.

State Rep. Ralph Long was accused of running away from his race when he backed Mary Norwood over Kasim Reed for Atlanta mayor [Galloway, Jim (2009-11-12). Your morning jolt: Ralph Long and his lonely endorsement of Mary Norwood. Political Insider. Retrieved on 2010-4-7.]. Norwood is white. Reed is black.

Black lawmakers, including Georgia Congressmen John Lewis and David Scott, were under enormous pressure to support Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton simply because Clinton is white and Obama is black.

The quote that stands out in my mind came from Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri said Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois had recently asked him"if it comes down to the last day and you're the only superdelegate? ... Do you want to go down in history as the one to prevent a black from winning the White House?" [Espo, David (2008-2-15). AP: Black lawmakers rethinking support for Clinton. USA Today. Retrieved on 2010-4-7.]

What does that say about black people?

What does it say about the black race when someone gets chastised, ridiculed and criticized for refusing to support a politician simply because that politician is black.

What does it say about blacks when we can't even criticize the first black president without being labeled an Uncle Tom; an Oreo; a traitor to our race.

Allow me to answer my own question. It makes us look as stupid and ignorant as those racist rednecks we protest.

Blacks should not give the first president who looks like us a free pass.

That's ignorant.

We need to hold Barack Obama accountable, and let him know that he should not take the black vote for granted. If Barack Obama wants black support, he needs to earn it like everyone else. And that goes for every other black politician across the nation.

Don't expect the votes of black people. Earn the votes of black people, and expect to be held accountable.