From the RCP blog comes this article on the inroads that the Republican party has made with African-Americans.
It is no secret to those of the enlightened population (be they black or white) that the Reverend Jesse Jackson's whole function in the world is to stir up class warfare, by exploiting race as an issue. No black poverty, no need for Mr. Jackson. Never was this more evident as it was, in the aftermath of Katrina. Any chance to turn something into a racial thing, will be capitalized on, swiftly and surely, with out so much as an ounce of thought, as to how hypocritical it may sound.
Bryant Gumbel, on the other hand doesn't need poor blacks to justify his existence, he just needs enough ignorant people to believe his bigoted views, in order to remain relevant in his own eyes. By now, most know of his bigoted remarks made on his pathetic sports show about the Winter Olympics. Keep in mind that this is a show that is neither interesting, nor informative. But it has plenty of bias, which has been Mr. Gumbel's specialty, since he was lead anchor of the Today Show.
Since that time, he has made himself some self-appointed champion to right wrongs that have somehow (in his mind) befallen blacks, in this country and at the hands of white people. His ratings stunk on the Today Show, so they canned him. Then, he got his own show on CBS that was tailor made for him. He got much artistic control, but still he could not sway people into buying the snake oil, he was selling. They canned him, too. Now he is back where he started, in sports. But not to worry, Bryant still finds a way to alienate viewers in his usual bitter and bigoted way.
I remember one incident many years ago, with Gumbel. Ralph Fiennes, a talented British actor, played an evil Nazi concentration camp officer, in Schindler's List. Gumbel got him on the Today Show as an interview. He, then, tried to blind side him by trying a line of questioning designed to take the angle that somehow Ralph did such a good job in that role, because he himself, had those Nazi sentiments.
But these are the kinds of things that are beginning to open up some eyes, within the African-American community. The soft bigotry of low expectations that is promoted by the Jacksons and the Gumbels of the world, is being noticed by more and more people. And they are beginning to reject that message more and more, as times passes. Many have come to expect more from and for, themselves. They have discovered that they, themselves, hold the keys to their successes or failures.
Try telling Robert Johnson, founder of BET television network and all-around filthy rich billionaire that he cannot make it in America, because he is black. Then watch him laugh you right out of the room. Do that and you'll receive a brisk escorting out of his office, because he has way too much work to do, and he will not be inclined to allow you to waste any more of his valuable and precious time. You see, Mr. Johnson just this week, picked up some more assets along the way with the purchase of some hotels, in the Indianapolis area.
The more blacks that can own their own business, own their own homes, and get a quality education by hard work, the less he will be needed to drive wedges between the races. The more blacks that realize this potential, the more they will be disinclined to buy into the sales pitches of the Reverend, and his brother in arms Gumbel.
The Democrats that have long had a lock on the black vote are now beginning to watch their support erode, more and more, each time a prominent Democrat opens his/her mouth. Robert Johnson, Oprah, or anyone else on this list, did not need the Democratic party to achieve their wealth or success. They may vote Democratic, I don't really know. But they didn't need them. And, they did not need government to attain their status either. All they needed was an idea, a dream, a work ethic, and some courage to take risks. The rest is history.