“House members could learn this week about a plan to create a new district aimed at electing another WHITE representative from Shreveport…She’s a member of the Louisiana Legislative WHITE Caucus, which has a goal of electing more WHITE members to the state Legislature and Congress.”
What if the redistricting article from the Shreveport Times contained that language? I’m certainly no expert on state district lines. As a matter of fact, I’m just now starting to get more involved in local politics – more on that subject in the near future. However, I do know hypocrisy when I see it.
Let me explain.
I have a lot of friends and clients who are minority – black, Hispanic, Asian, etc. Among ourselves, we generally have no problem discussing race relations. After all, everyone knows that the racism or racial divisions are on both sides of the street. One of the reasons many of my black friends/clients respect me is because I make no issues about discussing race. Like I always say – “I don’t care if you are black, white, pink, or purple – as long as you are a good productive member of society.”
Do I mind being the “really smart white guy”? Nope. Not at all. Do my black friends/clients mind sharing their disdain for the breakdown of the black family structure? Of course not, I’ve had those discussions many times.
My point is that if my opening statement had been printed, everyone would go hog-wild on the “racially incorrect” tone – so I decided to search a little further.
According to the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, one of their stated goals is the following:
Providing leadership in challenging policies which hinder the progress of African Americans.
Interesting statement isn’t it? I mean think about it for a minute. Can someone name a law or policy on the books that “hinders the progress of African Americans”? If so, it sounds like it’s time for a federal Civil Rights lawsuit.
I’m certainly not going to deny that there was discrimination against blacks in the past – at the local, state, and federal levels. That’s been quite a few years ago. Most of the politicians that started it (predominantly white democrats) have come clean from the overt racist policies to hold blacks back. Now they just use things like Affirmative Action.
-Expanding voting rights
Huh? Since when have minorities NOT been able to vote in this country? As best I can remember, the Voting Rights Act pretty much took care of that around 1965 or so. Maybe they are talking about the expanding voting rights by suppressing other races – like the Black Panthers tried in Philly during the 2008 presidential election?
“You have a night stick in your hand.” – videographer
“So what.” – Black Panther
-Eliminating Jim Crow laws
Eliminating Jim Crow laws sounds very interesting, especially since the LLBC was formed in the 1980’s. Most of the Jim Crow laws that I’m aware of (school segregation, separate but equal, etc) were also eliminated around the mid 1960’s. The pretty much pre-dates the LLBC doesn’t it?
So why does the hypocrisy continue? Simple. You need a self-fulfilling prophesy (minorities are disadvantaged) to draw people to your cause.