If the nation is really serious about race, then it’s time we put our politics where our mouth is. The following article headline caught my attention:
“BLACK CAUCUS HAS HAD IT WITH TRUMP, PLANS TO DISCUSS IMPEACHMENT”
Here’s the opening paragraph:
The Congressional Black Caucus, a formidable bloc of lawmakers with a big say in the fate of President Donald Trump and his legislation, Monday sent him a terse, clear message: We don’t think you understand us at all.
The caucus’ chairman Monday urged cancellation of next month’s highly-anticipated meeting between White House officials and leaders of the nation’s historically black colleges. And he plans to have the 49-member caucus meet when Congress returns in two weeks to discuss whether to back Democratic-led efforts to impeach Trump.
I’m OK with elected officials who want to impeach Pres. Donald Trump. I think it’s stupid, but it’s their right. But it should not be done by a group called the “Congressional Black Caucus” since it comes across as racial. In fact, there shouldn’t be a Congressional Black Congress because it’s divisive.
If color and race are not supposed to be issues, then why are they made issues by those who claim color and race should not be issues? We won’t get beyond race until everyone agrees to stop making everything about race.
I know the immoral history of slavery and the travesty of racial indignities and political oppression. But if we are going to get beyond our past by dismantling statues and memorials of a war that was fought over slavery, then it’s time we dismantle all remnants of that awful history.
The NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was “formed in 1909 as a bi-racial organization to advance justice for African Americans by W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington and Moorfield Storey.” The NAACP was needed in 1909. Its mission in the 21st century is said to be “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.” That’s still a lofty and needed ideal, but it’s time to change its name. The racial component needs to go.
I’m afraid, however, that those associated with the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, and other black sponsored special interest groups will be reluctant to make the change because there’s money to be made over race. As long as blacks are seen as an oppressed minority, there will always be people who will use that narrative to raise money.
Booker T. Washington (1865–1915) warned of such people within the black community in his 1911 book My Larger Education. He described them as “problem profiteers”…