A Vice President Of Color

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I’ve been turning over in my mind for a few years the efficacy of organizing a group of dedicated activists with the goal of forcing a person of color onto the next ticket at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.  I’m a history buff and I never cease to be underwhelmed by the inadequacies of past Presidents and their stunning lack of commitment to fundamental fairness, equality, and democracy.

Republican leaders during the disputed election of 1876 sacrificed every single constitutional right of black folks to hold onto the power of the White House.  They ended reconstruction, the brief period in southern history where the social, political, and economic rights of black folks were respected. We could vote, hold office and were relatively free to go into any sphere of endeavor. Twenty two African Americans were elected to Congress during this period.  

Most of our black colleges were created during this time, and our people prospered as much as could be attained in an agricultural based economy.  Lincoln’s action in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation , and the subsequent Reconstruction Amendments abolishing slavery, guaranteeing equal protection, and the right to vote, earned the allegiance of a grateful critical mass of black folks that endured for over 75 years.  The experiment ended in a spate of violence and murder.

A repressive regime of racist segregation was pressed upon us and we were exploited as if slavery never ended.  It all came crashing down after a small, dedicated band of activists decided that they were sick and tired of being sick and tired.  They joined with church groups, organized labor, and civil rights groups across racial lines to demand justice.  They liberated the nation  and blazed a trail that others are still following.

Today that same regime of repressive racist exploitation burdens the majority of the World’s people of color. Our government is a key instrument in maintaining the tyranny.  The time has come again to do something big, and organize our way into wielding some real power for a righteous purpose. It’s time to organize our friends and allies into a political force to bring about some needed world-wide, political changes.

The lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions is at stake.  Isn’t it time to make a mark on the Presidency instead of letting the handmaidens of capital choose our leaders?  Will you join me in this effort? Do you believe we have the power?  Dr. King told us ” Injustice Anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  Do you believe that? If you do, contact me at skepticalbrotha@yahoo.com

4 thoughts on “A Vice President Of Color

  1. That MLK quote has been a mantra of mine ever since I first read it. I don’t know if we have the power, but we have to be willing to try.

  2. Vivian,

    Thanks. The simple eloquence of the quotation should be a mantra for everybody. The World’s people should understand that we are all in this thing together. We are all interconnected and should act like it once in awhile.

  3. I am on board. But, it is worth saying, that while I believe in the cause, it will only succeed with strong minded, dedicated people. Too many times have I joined groups based on the rallying cries and quotes from past leaders, only to be disappointed by the lack of effort within such organizations.

    We (African Americans) often use the words of Dr. King Jr., Malcolm X, and others as mere talking points and dictum similar to the Republican Party and their echoing of basic premises to “remind” poor whites that Republicans are in their best interest.

    Let us get serious.

    M. Silver

  4. M. Silver,

    An effort like this is very complex and requires a mastery of the rules of grassroots politics. There are more than 150 methods of getting elected to the DNC. There are more than 30 states and American possessions that could play a meaningful role, and more than 2000 delegates would be required. There are many moving parts in an endeavor like this that demand precision and discipline. Your just the person I would like to recruit. I need more, many more before I can feel confident moving forward.

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