news one recently reported a story on republican strategist raynard jackson. in the story they point out that jackson believes white women are helping black men more than black women. according to news one, jackson cites black women's faithful support of President Obama as the primary basis for his position.
while i think this is a pretty ridiculous barometer, i will have to agree with the underlying message that President Obama needs to do better and we (black women and black America) need to hold him (and all our leaders) accountable for doing better. i am doubtful that we will see him change his ways in relation to the policies that impact us before his term is out (doesn't mean we shouldn't try). our political leaders will not take a stand to help black folk alone. no one wants to be seen as an ally to black America. they will step up for the LBGT community, for Latinos, hell i would argue they would step up for aliens if asked, but never for us. why? we aren't comfortable (or aware enough) to stand up for ourselves. we somehow have bought into the notion that we have to be ashamed to ask specifically for policies to benefit our people. we don't want to be seen in a negative light ... but have you looked around and noticed that no one else is ashamed? have you not noticed that they are using policies developed to protect our civil rights to their advantage? it's time we begin to seek change for our people and do so unashamedly.
i have two comments on his points about white women caring more for black men:
1. black women, we need to do better. we raise our daughters and love our sons - present company included. we need to hold our boys accountable and not be afraid to criticize, correct and direct them.
2. white women will never fully understand the plight of a black man or black people. white women may experience backlash for fraternizing with black men, but they always have the option of returning to their position of privilege. i am not throwing shade; i am just stating a fact. with that said, i appreciate the support of all people to help our men. it will take the entire village to a make progress.
i wish Mr. Jackson would stop trying to be divisive. we need to be reaching across the isle in collaboration and partnership not trying to stir the pot.
you know I am all about action. so, next steps?
Choose a set and begin working your plan.
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