Wendy Davis and the New Black Wall St.
October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s about that time again!
We are two weeks away from midterm elections, the time of the year you root for the biennial horse-race. Voters and pundits alike clamor over which ruler is the best; and politicians make their normal promises and campaign gaits. Here in Dallas, known as the Blue Island in the Red Sea, Congresswoman EBJ will keep her position as she faces no Republican opponent and no serious Democratic opposition.
Recently I was afforded the opportunity to view a photo of Wendy Davis, the Democrat on the governor’s ticket against the attorney general Greg Abbot, attending the traditional, annual rivalry of HBCU schools Prairie View vs. Grambling State. In the photo, State Senator Royce West trailed behind her, like a lost dog bugging his owner’s neighbor, or another way to view it, like a guard dog defending the owner’s legitimacy–whatever one views of the situation, he certainly made a bad sight worse.
This photo reminded me of the upcoming horse-race. It also reminded me of the sad fact African-Americans get so worked up over politics and normally elevate politicians to a god-like status, a fitting status for those who view the State as God. No other ethnicity group–Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Nigerians, Arabians, etc.–get so worked up over politics or rally in the streets like AA’s. Likewise, the aforementioned groups political representation in offices is no match for AA’s who are in every position imaginable, including and up to this country’s president.
Besides the fact African-American history is unique, AA’s love befriending “minority initiatives” which group them with other so-called minority groups, and AA’s are left holding the bag. Instead of using the extremely unique experience to their advantage, AA’s are just happy to be apart of something.
How can AA’s be politically effective as less than 15% of the country’s population (25% in Dallas)? They can’t, and are left, as one can easily see, appealing to others for sympathy and to the State for favors or handouts, however one prefers to label the relationship. As Dr. Claud Anderson said, voting does absolutely nothing and 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, AA’s are on the bottom of every social, economic and political indicator.
Davis, a Harvard graduate, sported a PVAMU jersey and shook the hands, waved and smiled at the jubilant, starry eyed college students excited to be in a politician’s presence. Alas, I wonder, if she even worked the stadium, from one end of the bleacher to the other, during the halftime. Before or after Battle of the Bands?
(Please spare me the truth and allow my imagination to wander. Also, I would have included the picture but it’s not for those with weak stomachs.)
Does Davis normally attend such AA’s attractions? Is she a collector of HBCU jerseys? Is she an undercover Panther fan? Was the PVAMU jersey newly purchased or apart of her hidden HBCU memorabilia? What was West promised in return for his role?
If you’ve never read Minds Alike, you should know I don’t trust politicians, especially ones who explicitly appease a particular group they are not apart of. Mitt Romney comes to mind and his snake-like features, from his flexibility and flip-flopping to sneaky, disingenuine smile, makes me uncomfortable and disgusted, almost as much as I am by an actual snake. But my beef isn’t with politicians–charisma, deception, perceived empathy, working the crowd is their job, bread and butter–my beef is with AA’s.
AA’s as a whole are extremely politically naive (and politically ignorant to be honest) and are willing, indeed look forward to, support whomever the Democratic Party chooses. All it takes for AA’s is for the candidate to be accompanied with a black face, wear a jersey, have a black spouse or play a saxophone. In exchange of status and prestige (think of the newly-college graduate hoping to be apart of the “inside”), AA’s jump at the chance to be politically involved, even to their own detriment.
Her policies are another issue and Davis doesn’t offer anything new as a liberal, Democrat. More college grants, increased minimum wage, honor Obamacare, Medicaid expansion–other than less standardized testing and supporting medical marijuana, Davis policies are bad for AA’s and the state as a whole.
One of the worst features of her (mainly the Democratic Party’s because Davis stance on this issue is mixed) platform for AA’s is the leniency of immigration. Hispanics are largely the majority in Dallas (for example, Hispanics have made up over 50% of DISD student body for some years); this extra labor force will worsen AA’s bind (especially the low-skilled) in the job market against Hispanics who are likely willing to work for less, though minimum wage laws has mostly taken away this advantage. Hispanic communities (emphasis on communities, as opposed to neighborhoods) have been sprouting up in Dallas, and along with their communities are religious infrastructure, respect and celebration of culture, and an economic base supported by their own. Lastly, the irony of it is, it is not difficult to find Hispanic-owned business in an AA neighborhoods.
Hispanics are not the only ethnic group to enjoy this situation in Dallas.
This is not to say I am opposed to immigration, for, in fact, I am support of immigration. But AA’s are the only group who doesn’t see the world as it is. AA’s are targeted as a group. For this reason if none other, AA’s must put their own efforts–not immigration, LGBT causes, so-equal gender pay, “diversity”, Native Americans, etc.–as priority.
My personal view is that economic power is the base of the pyramid for AA empowerment and freedom. Without this, AA’s complaints to politicians, business and society as a whole will fall on deaf ears. Politicians don’t listen to poor people without organization or ownership of industries; corporations generally better respond to economic boycotts–not protests; and without an economic infrastructure, AA’s will find themselves “trapped out of a real life monopoly game.” Since AA’s wealth and income don’t compete with mainstream society–and yet maintain a strikingly large political representation–a sort of real life independent, parallel universe must be created.
This alternative is not the oft-heard calls for socialism or socialism-lite. New Black–no, not Pharrell Williams or Raven Symone’s idea–nothing short of a New Black Wall St. is necessary for the advancement of AA’s.