I honestly don’t know what to say or type at this point. The statements coming out of the state of Missouri is downright depressing. I don’t know whether I’m reading too much into what’s being said or whether these politicians are just being outright honest about their views on people who look like me.
First, there’s Matt Wills who is currently the Executive Director for Missouri’s RNC. In an interview with Breitbart News, he made the following comments about voter registration drives being held in Ferguson, Missouri…
“If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is,” Wills said, “I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.”
Wills explained that the shooting death of Michael Brown was a tragedy for everyone.
“This is not just a tragedy for the African American community this is a tragedy for the Missouri community as well as the community of what we call America,” he said. “Injecting race into this conversation and into this tragedy, not only is not helpful, but it doesn’t help a continued conversation of justice and peace.”
How and when did registering voters become injecting race into a situation? When you look at the underlying stories of this incident, Ferguson, Missouri should have been Ground Zero for the GOP to reach out to minorities. Instead of focusing on their hatred for all things Al Sharpton, the GOP should have been there helping Ferguson residents clean up their streets in the morning after the nightly protests and riots. At night when the Ferguson residents were standing guard trying to keep looters out of the stores, the GOP could have been standing there with them shoulder to shoulder instead of labeling them all trouble makers because of the actions of a few. The people of Ferguson have shown they have the “pull yourself up by your bootstrap” mentality that the GOP always talks about. This would have been the opportune time for the GOP to step in and help them find their bootstraps.
There’s also the Lt. Governor of Missouri, Peter Kinder (R). In an interview on MSNBC with Ronan Farrow, he actually pinpointed what I just said above. During the course of the interview, he actually said, ” I am saying, the people of Ferguson, the people of the state of Missouri are crying out for leadership.” They are indeed crying out for leadership, but instead of stepping in to provide that leadership, Kinder kept talking and ended up sounding tone-deaf to that cry for leadership.
“We do not do justice in America in the streets though,” he argued. “We have legal processes that are set in motion, that are designed after centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence tradition, they’re designed to protect the rights and liberties of everyone involved.”
“That includes the Brown family, for justice for them and for the community. It also includes the officer who has not yet been charged,” he added. “Our constitutional and our Bill of Rights protections have to be followed here, and we do not do justice in the streets.”
“That’s one of the great advances of Anglo-American civilization, is that that we do not have politicized trials. We let the justice system work it out.”
The last thing that someone should want to discuss or say with Black people upset about the treatment they’re getting from Anglo-Americans is a speech on how Anglo-American civilization is the best thing in the whole wide world. The problems of Ferguson are because of friction with that Anglo-American civilization and how it operates there. The last thing a group that’s looking for leadership to help with problems stemming from their bad interactions with some Anglo-Americans want to hear from a potential leader is how great Anglo-American society has been for everyone. Lt. Governor, you’re not going to get that 3am leadership request phone call, and I’m assuming it’s because you appear to have no idea of what the problems are with the community that is seeking help and leadership. That’s just a hunch.
Then, there’s the mayor of Ferguson, James Knowles. In an interview with Tamron Hall, also on MSNBC, he basically pulled an ostrich act. When Hall asked him about racial division in his city, his response probably fooled no one but himself.
Really? No racial divide in Ferguson, Missouri? The perspective of all residents? Something tells me that, if NFL Primetime were already showing, the mayor would start off Week #1’s edition of C’Mon Man!
It’s really a shame to see such a golden opportunity squandered by the party that has members who talk about liberating Blacks from the Democratic plantation. You had your opportunity served up to you on a silver platter, and you whiffed harder than those little leaguers from Tennessee that had to face Mo’ne Davis.