With Barack Obama making a good run at becoming the first non white to actually be in the running for President, you have to wonder at the resolution being offered in the House of Representatives that apologizes for the Jim Crow Laws. Rep. Steve Cohen has introduced his bill, and is white, but represents a district that is predominately black. Kind of makes you wonder if his opponent is non white. Cynical I know, but then this is Politics we are talking about.
The nonbinding resolution, which is expected to pass, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee.
While many states have apologized for slavery, it will be first time a branch of the federal government will apologize for slavery if the resolution passes, an aide to Cohen said. (source – CNN News)
This is really the problem that most Politicians face these days. It is the motives that come into question, by many, simply at how most politicians go about their business. I mean you have a US Senator under indictment for graft, you have CNN running a ‘black in america’ piece that all seems to coincide with the simple truth of the times, that Barack Obama is black. You have the pundits pushing the support issue, as to how a vast majority of Blacks are voting Obama, but not a whole lot of white folks are, specially the working poor.
Kind of makes you wonder, just what is the reasons behind such motions, specially now. I mean why now, why wasn’t this done prior to Obama-mania? Did his sudden success suddenly worry the establishment, so now they seek cover? Is this a move to try and show that they aren’t racists, in an effort to forestall any issues should Obama lose the upcoming election?
Is it a move to help a white politician show that he supports the Black movement, or to appease those voters?
This is the whole problem with Politicians. They seem to ignore the reality of things, until it is smacking them in the face. I mean come on, racism exists, and there is a ton of it happening in subtle means. Like CNN with its specials, while its pundits harp on how Obama hasn’t the following among non Black voters. How they highlight the differences, rather than show the similarities.
Now the House will pass a non binding resolution, but you know, bet you dimes to dollars, that most people, black, yellow, white, green, whatever, would prefer that Congress pass a law that will give them cheaper gas prices and lower the rising cost of food. That instead of some non binding resolution about what happened 50 to 100 years ago, they passed something that dealt with the rising drop in housing prices, the increased foreclosure rates, and the failing banks.
While the symbolism is good, and long overdue, perhaps the Congress should worry a bit more about the big issues, like illegal immigration, failing education standards, rotten product safety and food safety, instead of playing at politics. After all, it isn’t like they will shorten or fore go their summer vacation, now will they?