The fact that Blacks have the power of the vote is undeniable. They have the power to control the political climate in Ferguson â€“ that is no fairytale. The question is do they have the courage to look at the man in the mirror and make that change? Do they have the heart to change their apathetic approach to voting as a perpetual tribute to Michael Brown? Do they have the brains to understand the power dynamics of voting?
For the past 30 years, we have created images of Blacks in the most negative of lights. For those who would say itâ€™s just music, itâ€™s just a movie, itâ€™s just a reality TV show; I say now there is just another Black body lying in the streets of America.
I must admit that the various panels consisted of executives who all had a track record of great achievement. Panelists included Americans, Indians, Africans, and women.Â But, I couldnâ€™t help but notice that there was not one Black American on any of the panels.
Obama has signed at least three executive orders giving entitlements to homosexuals, at least two giving entitlements to those in the country illegally, and zero specifically for Blacks.Â Obama will go down in history as the first U.S. president to totally ignore his largest voting bloc and be allowed to get away with it.
In an interview with theÂ Tampa Tribune, Dungy was asked if he would he have drafted Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football player who has come out of the closet as a homosexual. Â Â Dungyâ€™s replied, â€śI wouldnâ€™t have taken him, not because I donâ€™t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldnâ€™t want to deal with all of it [the media circus]â€¦Itâ€™s not going to be totally smooth â€¦ things will happen.â€™â€™
The Obama administration has encouraged a flood of illegal children to trek across Central America through Mexico into the U.S. because they have made it perfectly clear that they will not enforce our immigration laws. This public declaration has put our own kids at dire risk. According to Reuters, â€śAn estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the [Obama] administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Obama is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing, schooling and transportation.
For 20 years,Â EssenceÂ has sponsored an annual party during the July 4thÂ holiday known as the Essence Music Festival (EMF). According to their website, the EMF, â€śknown as the party with a purpose, is an annual music festival which started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25thÂ anniversary ofÂ Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women.Â It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States.â€ť
They have conned the American people into believing that they represent the values of the Black community; and nothing could be further from the truth.Â They have sat silently by as President Barack Obama has put forth policies that have decimated the very people they claim to represent â€“ the Black community.
Under normal circumstances, David and Charles Koch â€“ the brothers who control the two entities â€“ would be applauded for their generosity.Â But some Blacks have labeled the Koch brothers as racist simply because they are White, conservative, and libertarians who believe in smaller government, lower taxes and ballot integrity.
Over the years, I have spent many hours reflecting on this dilemma and have concluded two things. First, the problem has nothing to do with race or racism; it has more to do with the lack of relationships with Black journalists. People return calls of people they know or have a relationship with first; then and only then will they return calls of those they donâ€™t know. Second, there is no bridge between Republican members of Congress and other party leaders to the Black media. Over the years, I have tried to bridge that gap, so to speak, but with limited success.