Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Black Bogeymen, Barack and the 2008 Presidential Vote

This article first appeared as an editorial written by me in the May 6, 2008 Nashville Tennessean.

A double standard for a black candidate


Two months ago, white America had only two black activist ministers as their bogeymen, the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

They can now add a third: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago, since most of white America did not know he existed prior to March 13, when ABC News aired highly edited segments of his sermons.

The sermon segments, looped thousands of time on news outlets and YouTube became the most talked about "political issue" of the 2008 presidential campaign since Wright's most famous parishioner was Barack Obama. I believe that clear thinking Americans will hold the candidates responsible for their policy proposals rather than their pastors' utterances.

As an African-American, I am used to experiencing double standards in every aspect of my existence in this country. Stiffer sentencing for rock (crack) cocaine users (majority of whom are black) than powdered cocaine users (majority of whom are white), lighter sentences for white than black juveniles, whites "finding food" during the Katrina disaster while blacks "looted" for the same food are just three examples of how white America places a Band-Aid on white "challenges" and performs major surgery on black "problems"…

Hold white candidates' feet to fire


So for a change, let's follow the logic when by holding some of the white 2008 candidates' feet to fire the way some white Americans have done with Obama's:

• Mitt Romney was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints before 1978 when it taught that some black people of "Hamitic lineage" were banned from its priesthood.

• Priests in Rudy Giuliani's faith community, the Roman Catholic Church, had molested children and banned women from its priesthood.

• John Hagee, John McCain's pastor, referred to the papacy as "The Great Whore."

By the standards imposed on Obama, all of these candidates should be castigated and vilified for not leaving their respective faith communities and held accountable for not "repudiating and denouncing" their pastors and priests. But we forget one thing: they're all white and Obama is black, and so the white double standard forces Barack to be joined at the hip with Jeremiah Wright for the duration of his bid for the presidency.

Because of this racial hypocrisy, I am convinced that nothing Obama says or does will be enough to satisfy the feeding frenzy involving his former pastor.

Even though we have 4,000 dead Americans in Iraq.

Even though the dollar is at an all-time low in global markets.

Even though gas is creeping toward $4 per gallon.

Even though the mortgage crisis is snatching the "American Dream" of owning one's home from millions.

Even though these real crises exist in a nation that has never dealt honestly with racism, we choose to make Barack Obama responsible for the utterances of his minister. The 51st state of the United States is the "State of Denial." So says political commentator Paul Levy.

I agree with him.

2 comments:

  1. DOUGLAS FIELD10:50 PM

    SENATOR OBAMA,THIS JUDICIAL INJUSTICE HAS BECOME AN AMERICAN ART FORM,AND NO LONGER CAN BE KEPT HIDDEN OR SECRET FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE !!!

    WHEN AMERICANS WERE TOLD THE TRUTH BY THIS HONEST BLACK LEADER,WHO WENT ON TO BECOME A US PRESIDENT ???

    LETS ALL HOPE OUR MEDIA FRIENDS CONTINUE TO SHOW AN INTEREST IN REPORTING ON THIS AMERICAN HORROR FACING THESE (TENS OF THOUSANDS) FORGOTTEN AND TRAPPED POORER AMERICANS, AND HOW THIS PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER HANDLES THIS VERY SERIOUS ISSUE FACING AMERICA?S LATINO AND BLACK AMERICAN COMMUNITIES ????

    WITH 80% OF THE BLACK AMERICAN VOTERS SAYING THEY SUPPORT SENATOR OBAMA IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, IT IS ONLY FAIR FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW PRIOR BEING ELECTED OUR NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HOW THIS DEMOCRATIC SENATOR TRULY FEELS ABOUT THIS AMERICAN JUDICIAL INJUSTICE CONTINUING TO INFLICT GRAVE HARM ON THE BLACK & LATINO AMERICAN FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE ??????

    *** WHEN GOD?S FACE BECAME VERY RED ***
    THE US SUPREME COURT GAVE ENEMY COMBATANTS FEDERAL APPEAL HC RIGHTS LAWYERS AND PROPER ACCESS TO US FEDERAL COURTS,AND POORER AMERICANS (MANY EVEN ON DEATH ROW) ARE DENIED PROPER FEDERAL APPEAL LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO OUR US FEDERAL COURTS OF APPEAL, AND ROTTING IN AMERICAN PRISONS NATIONWIDE ?????????

    **** INNOCENT AMERICANS ARE DENIED REAL HC RIGHTS WITH THEIR FEDERAL APPEALS !
    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE $LOWLY FINDING OUT HOW EA$Y IT I$ FOR MIDDLE CLA$$ AND WORKING POOR AMERICAN$ TO FALL VICTIM TO OUR U$ MONETARY JUDICIAL $Y$TEM.

    ****WHEN THE US INNOCENT WERE ABANDONED BY THE GUILTY ****
    The prison experts have reported that there are 100,000 innocent Americans currently being falsely imprisoned along with the 2,300,000 total US prison population nationwide.
    Since our US Congress has never afforded poor prison inmates federal appeal legal counsel for their federal retrials,they have effectively closed the doors on these tens of thousands of innocent citizens ever being capable of possibly exonerating themselves to regain their freedom through being granted new retrials.

    This same exact unjust situation was happening in our Southern States when poor and mostly uneducated Black Americans were being falsely imprisoned for endless decades without the needed educational skills to properly submit their own written federal trial appeals.

    This devious and deceptive judicial process of making our poor and innocent prison inmates formulate and write their own federal appeal legal cases for possible retrials on their state criminal cases,is still in effect today even though everyone in our US judicial system knows that without proper legal representation, these tens of thousands of innocent prison inmates will be denied their rightful opportunities of ever being granted new trials from our federal appeal judges!!

    Sadly, the true US *legal* Federal Appeal situation that occurs when any of our uneducated American prison inmates are forced to attempt to submit their own written Federal Appeals (from our prisons nationwide) without the assistance of proper legal counsel, is that they all are in reality being denied their legitimate rights for Habeas Corpus and will win any future Supreme Court Case concerning this injustice!

    For our judicial system and our US Congressional Leaders Of The Free World to continue to pretend that this is a real and fair opportunity for our American Middle Class and Working Poor Citizens, only delays the very needed future change of Federal Financing of all these Federal appeals becoming a normal formula of Our American judicial system.

    It was not so very long ago that Public Defenders became a Reality in this country.Prior that legal reality taking place, their were also some who thought giving anyone charged with a crime a free lawyer was a waste of taxpayers $$.

    This FACADE and HORROR of our Federal Appeal proce$$ is not worthy of the Greatest Country In The World!

    ***GREAT SOCIETIES THAT DO NOT PROTECT EVEN THEIR INNOCENT, BECOME THE GUILTY!

    A MUST READ ABOUT AMERICAN INJUSTICE:
    1) YAHOO AND 2) GOOGLE
    MANNY GONZALES THE KID THAT EVERYONE FORGOT IN THE CA PRISON SYSTEM.
    ** A JUDICIAL RIDE OF ONES LIFE !

    lawyersforpooramericans@yahoo.com
    (424-247-2013)

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