Note: This is part of an article I wrote for Townhall.com this week.
The words made famous by former White House Chief of Staff and current Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel are, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Of course, he should’ve added “politically manufactured” before crisis. And so it goes, not even one week since the shootings by a racist sociopath in Charleston, South Carolina, we see the politically manufactured message being disseminated and promulgated by the liberal left progressives who seemingly own the Democrat party.
Instead of heeding the teachable moment being displayed by the people of Charleston, Emanuel Church and even the family members of the souls who were horribly taken away – the message remains on that which seeks to divide. As we watched the services, the response and human bridge of unity this past Sunday, the prevailing ranting was still about race.
Let me make myself very clear: the sick, demonic individual who perpetrated the heinous attack a week ago should burn in hell. The act of evil he committed is unconscionable. But it was an individual act, as the people of Charleston recognized. To try and elevate this into some national level discussion is nothing more than political opportunism.
Need I remind those of us who know American history, it is rather hypocritical of the Democratic Party to believe they’re champions against racism. Historically, they’re the party of slavery, secession, segregation, Jim Crow, lynchings, poll taxes and literacy tests.It was President Lyndon B. Johnson, who used a racist epithet to describe how his policies would have blacks voting Democrat for 200 years. We are fifty years into the seemingly intended consequences of those policies. Policies that have advanced a new type of slavery; not the physical but rather the metaphysical – economic enslavement of our urban centers, mostly populated by the black community. The politically manufactured crisis being touted – to include the liberal media “gotcha” question about a confederate battle flag – has little relevance to the real issue. Why is it that we do not hear about the same outrage with black-on-black murder happening in the hometown of President Obama and candidate for president former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, or in the hometown of presidential candidate Martin O’Malley. Yes, I am referring to Chicago and Baltimore. Do the hundreds of lives of young black men lost in these cities not constitute a crisis?
What we are witnessing is a politicized manipulation and obfuscation of the many crises that plague the black community – many of which were caused by the liberal progressive socialists of today’s Democratic Party.
Consider the crisis of good quality education in the inner cities. It was the first black President who decided in April 2009 to cancel the DC school voucher program – his kids attend the prestigious Sidwell Friends. It was the first black Attorney General who brought a lawsuit against the state of Louisiana and their school voucher program. Should we not consider it racist when young minority children are denied access to better quality schools and educational opportunities?
What about the crisis of the decimated black family? Fifty years ago at the time of Johnson’s signing into law the policies of his “Great Society,” the two-parent black household was at nearly 77%; today it is at 25%. That is a crisis – but why does the Democratic Party not talk about that horrific phenomena?
Sadly, nine wonderful souls lost their lives while in church attending Bible Study. However, since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, between 13-16 million black babies have been aborted. These are lives that will never know the dream of which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of, nor the American dream. As a comparison, between 2-3 million blacks were killed during the era of slavery. All black lives do matter. Sadly, not just those related to the politically manufactured crisis dictated by those who seek an opportunity to not be wasted.
Leaders find the means to unite towards a common goal. Politicians seek to divide for their own selfish gain. There are real crises. Then there are the deceptive manipulations that take our attention away from the real crises.