The President’s Busy Day of Identity Politics
The National Action Network Convention is currently underway in New York. Don’t know what the NAN is? Well, that is Al Sharpton’s “No Justice, No Peace” Organization.
Guess who the keynote speaker is for tonight? Well, that would be our very own Dear Leader himself. Check out his schedule:
10:00 am || Recieves the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:00 am || Announces the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to be HHS Secretary
3:05 pm || Arrives New York City
4:10 pm || Delivers remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention
11:30 pm || Departs New York
12:40 am || Arrives White House
Weird how he’s in NY for 7+ hours?!? I’m guessing there is something else on the schedule … a little Kobe beef, or a DNC fundraiser.
So what is agenda for this convention?
The event’s primary goal, founder and president Al Sharpton told The Root, is to create an “action agenda” for the upcoming midterm elections.
Uhm … who paid for the AF1 trip to New York? It doesn’t sound like an “official visit.” This is politics. Identity politics, in which blacks are the poor victims of society, and the evil white man just wants to keep him down. Guess which party owns that?
Thursday April 10, 5:20 p.m.: What Will It Take for America to See Black Boys as Human?
Yep. Setting up the agenda for the midterm elections.
“And if George Zimmerman saw Trayvon as a human, he would possibly still be alive,” said Calloway, who announced plans to launch a program designed to humanize black men and boys in the American imagination.
In an emotional panel discussion, marked by fiery speeches and standing ovations, Calloway and other speakers—including Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin—enumerated the ways in which they say American society undervalues and demonizes black men, pointing to deep-seated white supremacy and stereotypes that permeate everything from education to criminal justice.
Seriously? Black men undervalue and demonize THEMSELVES, in a society that is willing to bend over backwards to give them opportunity. All they have to do is reach out and grab it. Oh, and not become a gang banger. That’s the “reaching out” part that black men need to do.
“I can’t be mad at the system because the system wasn’t designed to protect us,” said Martin. “I honestly believe that this country was built on the backs of African-American men, and we as African-American men need to stand up and claim our rights in this country.” He urged the audience to treat the young men in their communities with respect from the time they were old enough to talk.
“They don’t like Richard Sherman, and they don’t like Barack Obama,” said Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson, who argued, “In every moment, black masculinity is under the scrutiny of an unjust society.” He took the African-American community to task for “smuggling in that white supremacy and internalizing the self-hatred that white supremacy purchases.”
And Barack Obama is appearing at this conference tonight. And, I’ll bet the costs are being completely covered by the taxpayers.
Ironic that this is occurring simultaneously to the event of the Steve Utash beating, who did NOT treat a young black boy as anything but human, and stopped to help. And for that, he was beaten within an inch of his life by a group of black men.
So far,five have been charged, and one has the added charged of ethnic intimidation.
In the aftermath of the event the community has rallied together in support of Utash and his family, but on that day last week, a random group of black teens and men saw a white man and beat him. Why? For what? How did this group become such people? If it weren’t for the action of the elderly, retired nurse Deborah Hughes, Utash would not have even made it to the hospital.
Barack Obama has stayed miles away addressing the beating, despite the fact that the “difficult national conversation on race” needs to include much more than the one-sided issues represented by the NAN and Al Sharpton.
As for last night’s discussion of what is will take for Americans to view black boys as humans? I would argue that Steve Utash did view the black boy who jumped in front of his car as human, and then the black gang that descended upon him did not act humanely at all.
How about if black boys stop admiring rap stars and sport’s figures, and instead look up to women such as Deborah Hughes for their role models.