USA: Blacks must adjust to changing times
I don’t live in the USA, so I can only comment from observations I make from what I see and read in the media and on blogs. The article below is about how the African American people will need to start planning now to stay relevant in the long term politically; how Black politicians won’t be able to rely on Black votes to win. Their political rivals are the Hispanic population which is now outnumbering the
African Americans Blacks. The author is hinting that the Hispanics and the Blacks should form a coalition and vote for their common interests so that they don’t compete for ‘resources’. This is the mentality that is out there in the Black community of America. They are more worried about what they can get from the Whites than actually working to better the country. Why should it be ok for Blacks to vote for Blacks, but they expect Whites not to be racist and vote for whomever is on the ballot? There is a deep divide between how Blacks and Whites view America. The Whites (mostly) want a better life by working hard and building up the country – the Blacks want a better life off the backs of everyone else. If a White person had written such a blatantly racist column – on how to protect their ‘resources’ from the Blacks and how they should only vote for Whites, then it would be covered in all the liberal blogs and TV ‘news’ shows. But it seems it’s acceptable and non-threatening when Blacks write this racist drivel. I would have thought that the author of this column, Ms Julianne Malveaux, would instead encourage Blacks not to view their skin color as their passport to power, but to integrate and work towards the betterment of the USA. After all, isn’t America supposed to be a non-racial country? Make no mistake, Blacks do not want to integrate – they have much to lose should they do so, and number one would be their often used race card. And it should not surprise you overly much that people like Ms Malveaux think this way. She is after all the president of the Bennett College, which describe themselves as a small, private, historically Black liberal arts college for women. If this is her view of America then you can just imagine the tripe being fed to the Black women at this institute. And then to top it all, she thinks Black History month is justified as it was started to emphasise inclusion! Oh the irony. How about we include Whites in their own country and have a White history month too? No? Or is that too much White privilege? Entitlement and Black power much Ms Malveaux?
|Ms Julianne Malveaux,|
As we reflect on Black History Month, I am struck by how America is changing, and how African Americans must change with the times, too.
No longer can black politicians in urban areas rely just on catering to the black vote to win. The movement out of inner cities is likely to have an impact on the black political base. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., for example, represents a district that is 71% white. As more African Americans move to the suburbs, black politicians will have to widen their vision on issues that will win over and lead constituents who are more diverse.
The most extreme evidence of this trend is in Washington, D.C. Who would have thought that Washington, once called “Chocolate City” with a black population as high as 70% in 1970, would dwindle to the point where blacks are now 50%, and dropping. Coalition politics will be the order of the day in newly diversified urban areas, and groups such as the Congressional Black Caucus could see their membership decline as black population disperses.
Nowhere is the importance of coalition building more apparent than in the surge in the Hispanic population. According to the 2010 Census, the Hispanic population now tops 50 million people, outnumbering the 42 million African Americans. Will blacks coalesce with Latinos on issues of mutual concern, or will these two minority populations compete for resources? Already, there is some tension between the two groups on immigration issues because of employment implications. Ultimately, it will be in the interest of both groups to find common ground on issues such as equal access to education, housing, health care and employment.
Fortunately, not all the demographic shifts have a downside. Increasingly, blacks are returning to their roots in the South, where 57% of the black population is now concentrated. Hopefully, as this trend continues, it will improve the chances for blacks seeking office.
The Census Bureau expects that by 2050 our country will be “majority minority,” which means we will have to find a new way of dealing with race matters. Though these shifts might change how we relate to each other as Americans, they in no way diminish the relevance of Black History Month, founded in 1926 to emphasize inclusion.