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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's Time For An Honest Dialogue About Race And That Means We Have To Understand White People Are Not The Only Problem

"The real enemy is the Tea Party - let's remember that. The Tea Party holds Congress hostage...They have one goal in mind, and that's to make President Obama a one-term president." Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

"The Tea Party can go straight to hell." "We have to stand up and fight. It's fight time. We're not afraid of the Tea Party. In this struggle we have to define who we are, what the president is doing and not let our voices be overshadowed by the Tea Party." Maxine Waters (D-FL)

Both of those statements are just sort of ignorant run-of-the-mill political grandstanding and we really shouldn't be getting up in arms about them.

President Obama and Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
Reverend Jesse Jackson and President Obama
"The Tea Party should be called the 'Fort Sumter Tea Party' that sought to maintain states' rights and slavery. The Tea Party is a new name on an old game. Dr. King fought the 'tea party' in Alabama." Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Reverend Jesse Jackson is pretty much irrelevant to thinking people, but there are still a lot of apparently non-thinking people out there who listen to him.

This country, which has done more to salve the wounds of racial hatred than any other in history, will only move forward with a limp in its gait until morons like Representatives Wilson and Waters and Reverend Jesse Jackson are ignored. But, however stupid their words may be, these racist governmental illiterates are not the problem.
Don Graves
Asst. Treasury Secretary and Executive Director
of the President's Council on Jobs and
The real problem is the insidious way the White House views race and job creation. The following statement from Don Graves, the Executive Director of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness at the White House is what we should be talking about.
An obstacle to creating jobs "is folks who are going to stand in the way and block the legislation that the Congressional Black Caucus has proposed. It was Tea Party Republicans. The President is focused on every community across the country [but] certain communities have been harder than other communities. Black, African-American, Latino - we're focused on getting people back to work."
Based on his title, I would assume Don Graves is responsible for carrying out President Obama's vision and agenda as far as jobs and competitiveness for all Americans is concerned, but his words contradict that assumption. Whether he misspoke or meant what he said, he is responsible for his words and he should be held accountable for them.

Racism works both ways my friends. Maybe if we stopped listening to people who earn their livings making us hate each other and just went about taking care of our families we'd have more time to stop and enjoy life in America a bit.

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