In a book published in 1911, freed slave Booker T. Washington made a prophetic statement, that “there is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.””
A few probably came to mind as you read that quote; Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Melissa Harris Perry – the list goes on.
One of those on the list, Al Sharpton, held a panel this week through his organization “National Action Network.” The panel featured mostly leftists, but Ben Carson’s business manager Armstrong Williams was on the panel, and went against the grain.
To quote from The Daily Caller Williams said that the Clintons “will say whatever they need to say and do whatever they need to do to get elected.”
“We sit here, you hear the race speeches because they feel that’s what you want to hear today. Everything in America is not always about race.”“Make these people earn your vote,” Williams insisted. “If it’s Donald Trump, so be it. If it’s Bernie Sanders, so be it. Do not allow the Clintons and the establishment to waltz in here and wave their hand and everything is OK. Let them earn your vote, OK?”
Upon receiving boos from the crowd, Williams said, “I don’t mind the hisses, because you know the truth when you hear it. Make them earn your vote. You can talk about race. They play the race card too, as they did in South Carolina against Barack Obama. Don’t get caught up in the short memory. This is a business. They’ll say whatever they need to say and do whatever they need to do to get elected.”
Nobody denies that politicians take certain stances and pander to certain groups for the sole purpose of getting elected. Why does everyone deny that this happens when it comes to race?
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]