Ann Coulter contends that politicians – Democrats, most especially – have poured oil on troubled waters by replacing their tenuous and increasingly adversarial relationship with Black folk for a (presumably) healthier and more beneficial one with Latinos.
And she actually claims to have a problem with this.
According to Black Blue Dog, Coulter told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “The way that liberals have treated blacks like children, many of their policies have been harmful to blacks…we do have a legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws. We don’t owe the homeless, we don’t owe the feminists, we don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions or gays who want to get married to one another. That’s what ‘civil rights’ have become for much of the left….”Coulter continued by saying the only reason Latinos are being so heavily courted by Democrats is that now, there are more of them.
Let me frank by stating it seems to me that Ann Coulter is doing little more than feeding the animus that exists between African Americans and Latinos (as political entities) by pointing out that politicians seem to have moved on to the next, more politically expedient ethnic group (Latinos), and that they don’t love us (African Americans) anymore. Understand that in no way do I agree with such a tactic. Blacks and Latinos actually have many commonalities that would make them an EXTREMELY POWERFUL voting bloc were they to mobilize, organize, and solidify their respective bases, but the problem is that some Latinos – whether they were born here, or abroad – have unfortunately paid very close attention to the way the ruling class treats African Americans, and in their desire to fit in and be accepted, have gone about treating Blacks with much of the same contempt they’ve seen whites treat us with.
There isn’t an African American in this country that pays attention to politics that hasn’t noticed these disparities. At least the DREAM Act has been debated. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” has been repealed, and – if you believe the mainstream media’s narrative – there is widespread support for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Yet, where’s the discussion on reparations? I get that reparations are a dead issue (it doesn’t take THAT long to pass legislation on ANYTHING with the indisputable factual basis that slavery and Jim Crow affords it), but I find it interesting that Caucasian President Clinton publicly apologized for slavery (Political Theatre, 101; if he were THAT sorry, he would have CUT A CHECK), yet African American President Barack Obama has hardly mentioned restitution for a people whose Ancestors have built ALL of the wealth the One Percent HAS that they would rather DIE than be forced to SHARE.
African Americans are being incarcerated in disproportionately high numbers, little Black boys can barely read, and are being separated from a desire to be educated (hastening their entrée into the Prison Industrial Complex that the One Percent profits from, mind you), the African American unemployment rate is still disastrously high, etc., etc.
What legislation has been drafted and made law that would alleviate these ills? Giving money to HBCUs is great, but how does that address the negative impact other public policies have had on Black folk? Giving to historically Black institutions of higher learning may indeed be the RIGHT thing to do, but – politically speaking – it is also the SAFE thing to do.
And how is it that the healthcare legislation – with the most important parts of it stripped from it, I might add – a “Black” issue? Last I checked all Americans, regardless of their socioeconomic background, needed healthcare. I only ask because that has constantly been pointed out to me as “incontrovertible proof” that the President – a Democrat – is looking out for “his folks”.
When you add it up, it would seem that the African American political constituency has been abandoned for the “greener pastures” of Latino voters. I’m not mad at Latinos for advocating their issues. In fact, I respect the Hell out of them for it. Latinos understand that the only way for them to get the changes they want is to be the “squeaky wheel”, and by also refusing to blindly follow one party, its ineffectiveness notwithstanding.
If only Black folk would do the same.