There are manifold challenges and outright problems facing black America. Some can be addressed within the community while others are more complicated. But African-Americans have the power to begin work on meaningful change by simply refusing to accept form over substance.
Kentucky Senator Rand Pauls freshly minted presidential campaign is still looking for traction following the mainstream media's manufactured headlines concerning his ill treatment of female reporters. While there are certainly many Republican primary voters who will appreciate and applaud his aggressive interview style, the medias reshaping of events as new evidence of the GOPs phony war on women are likely to resonate with a slice of the more moderate electorate he needs to win in November, 2016 should he become the partys nominee.
With the 2016 presidential race beginning to take shape, liberals are ratcheting up their attacks on Republicans over labor issues and union benefits.
In June, 2014, Brent oil stood at $115 a barrel. Today, it is below $50 and this precipitous drop in price has had innumerable effects on the economy. Global markets are trying to adjust to these lower oil prices, employment and housing in oil producing states are on the bubble, and consumers are enjoying gasoline prices that have dropped below $2 a gallon in many areas, just to name a few
What do porn, pistols and Ponzi schemes have in common? They are all targets of Operation Choke Point, an Obama administration initiative that is the very picture of a selectively oppressive and overreaching government.
Events in Ferguson, Missouri have spawned an intriguing phenomenon. A casual pursuing of the popular center-left blogosphere like Slate or Salon, replete with its Upper East Side White Guilt, could make black folks wonder, What the hell am I still doing here? A quick channel flip past MSNBC would have us believe that African Americans are Public Enemy Number One among militarized police officers wielding the authority of our government to act as if operating under a state of martial law to maintain order.
When Pepsi-Cola President Walter Mack recognized his company could sell more product to black Americans in the 1940s, he initiated a racially-targeted marketing effort to increase sales. It worked and the companys market share rose dramatically in just a few years. The strategy was so successful, some inside the company were concerned it might be off-putting to white consumers, prompting Mack to declare that Pepsi would not, become known as a n----r drink.
The events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, represent why every single black American should, without equivocation, reject the big government view of America. Without doubt, the savior of the African American community will not be any government, neither local nor state nor federal, nor will that savior be anyone within that particular government who shares our pigmentation.
The pro-Redskins arguments that take on the false hope that the name was meant to honor Native Americans are elementary and almost as offensive as the name itself.