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JACKSON: Black Leaders Need to Stand Up for Black People

I am fond of saying, “weak people take strong positions on weak issues.”

There is no better example of this than the embarrassing behavior of the weak Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Urban League (NUL).

These groups have all feigned righteous indignation about the alleged negative comments made by President Trump two weeks ago about Haiti, Africa and El Salvador.

Yes, our president can be extremely hyperbolic at times, but the essence of what he said was very true. Those countries, including many in Africa, are basket cases.

So, all of the aforementioned radical liberal groups ran over their mothers to get to a news camera to denounce the president for his alleged statement.

With all the issues facing the Black community, CBC members joined other Democrats to attempt to pass a resolution through the U.S. House of Representatives to censure Trump for his comments, a symbolic gesture that must have kept Trump awake all night.

Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, called Trump a “racist.”

Wow. I am sure that Trump is going to change his ways now.

Marc Morial, president and CEO of the NUL, said that President Trump’s “crude comments further reveal the repugnant racial motivations behind his administration’s immigration policies.”

Trump must be shaking in his boots.

I challenge my readers to find any issue directly related to Blacks in the U.S., i.e. American citizens, that these groups have put so much political and emotional capital in. It seems that these “media-appointed” Black leaders care more about those in the country illegally, homosexuals, or other groups that have no connection to America than they do the very people they “claim” to represent.

Juxtapose their reactions to Trump’s alleged comments to their relative silence on the murder of Laquan McDonald in Chicago in 2014. He was murdered by Chicago police; they claimed that it was in self-defense, but the actual video revealed that the police lied and that McDonald posed no threat to the policemen.

Rahm Emanuel, former Democratic congressman and Obama’s chief of staff and Chicago mayor at the time of the police murder, refused to release the video until after his campaign for re-election in 2015 (which he ultimately won).

Emanuel has proven his total disdain for Blacks with his actions, not his rhetoric. Chicago is one of the most dangerous and violent cities in America. Where was the CBC’s outrage at this? Why was there no attempt to censure Emanuel? Why are they not marching through the streets of Chicago?

The NAACP and the Urban League have not convened a meeting or massive demonstration against Emanuel to denounce him as a racist. Oh, I forgot — he is a Democrat, therefore, he can’t be racist.

Just because you are the head of an organization doesn’t mean you are a leader. Can you name me the leaders of the White community? But I digress.

Members of the CBC were willing to oppose the short-term, Republican-sponsored spending bill because that bill didn’t include a long-term fix for Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, even though this move would have devastating effects on the Black community, the same group they “claim” to represent.

Can you name me one issue that was of specific urgency to the Black community that the CBC has ever shut down the government for? Name me one member of the CBC that has a bill passed in his name. Name me one member of the CBC that has his name attached to a bill that became law, i.e. Sarbanes-Oxley, or the Hyde Amendment.

To the NAACP and the Urban League: Why is amnesty for illegals a “moral” imperative, but the high crime rate in the Black community isn’t? Why wasn’t the double-digit Black unemployment rate under eight years of Obama a “moral” imperative?

Remember the famous quote from  Emanuel Cleaver, former chair of the CBC and congressman from Missouri, from September 2011: “If Obama were White, we’d be marching on the White House.” This remark was made in regard to Obama doing nothing to reduce the Black unemployment rate, which was around 17 percent at the time.

Why do these “media-appointed” leaders make everyone else’s issues their issue? When have you heard the illegals speaking out against the high unemployment rate in the Black community or discrimination in college admissions?

When have you seen the homosexual community speak out against housing discrimination towards Blacks or lack of access to capital for Black business owners?

Can anyone explain to me why these radical, Black liberal groups are ignoring the needs of their own community to focus on the issue of those who have absolutely no connection to our community?

Your first obligation as a parent is to take care of your own family. Period. Do you really think Michael Jordan gave a damn about Magic Johnson getting injured during a game in which they were playing against each other? Hell, no.

So, then, why are we fighting everyone else’s battles at the expense of our own community?

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.

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  1. Hello Mr. Jackson. I respect your article and your opinion, but do not agree about giving the President a pass for his statement concerning the Haiti, Africa, and Latin America countries. First of all, if that was to be a minor permissible statement, why was there immediate amnesia and then denial by the Republicans who was in the room with him? Second, why was the remark made in the first place. The point is, the President shouldn’t have made that statement and being the POTUS, he needs to represent his leadership in a mature and professional fashion. He’s need to be accountable for his demeanor and action, and he has yet to take responsibility or admit any wrongdoing. In the midst of any error on his part, he usually blames, insults, or denies it. Probably the retaliation was extreme, but I do agree with any leaders and/or caucus/groups that have called him on his statement. Remember, Mr. Jackson, some of the president’s critics have been from the right as well (Sen Flake, Sen McCain, etc.). I however, do agree with you in regards to the Mayor of Chicago. Just like the president, the mayor’s shouldn’t get a pass either. His actions were wrong, including making the video of the fatal incident public after he was already reelected and putting a scapegoat in his place (firing the police commissioner)to douse the flames of the people’s anger of the shooting/and delayed acknowledgement of the video. I do agree there’s should have been a stronger call for his removal from office. I also disagree with you about the black unemployment rate, the rate was decreasing during the tenure of our previous president (P. Obama), as well as the rise in our economy, but as usual, the current president (P. Trump) wants to take credit for the low unemployment rate and the rise of our economy when he needs to (he won’t though) compliment the previous administration for lifting up the economy and lowering the unemployment rate. Mr. Jackson, one more thing, you always mention the left, why does this president always feel that he has to criticize the previous president? and has to insult or belittle people who don’t agree with him? Do you that’s fitting of someone you want to title, “President”?

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