It's not the 60's anymore
Yet another reason I hate Georgia: As if the abundance of ignorant white folks isn't torture enough, GA lends itself quite well to black scare-mongering. You'd think there was a march every week, yeesh...
Thousands of demonstrators streamed down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive chanting, singing and marching Saturday in support of extending the 40-year-old Voting Rights Act. Organizers said they hope the "Keep the Vote Alive" march will pressure Congress and President Bush to extend key provisions of the landmark law, which expires in 2007.
"Forty years later, we're still marching for the right to vote," said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who participated in the civil rights struggles that helped secure passage of the law in 1965. "Don't give up, don't give in. Keep the faith, keep your eyes on the prize."
What an impressive stream of cliches!
The current state of black politics shows exactly what happens when a good thing is left sitting too long and it gets moldy. Take Georgia itself for example: Almost every day on the local news, I hear stories about corruption & incompetance at all levels of Georgia government, and I cringe when the face shown on the screen ends up being another high-powered black who's overstayed their usefulness. Inmates in metro Atlanta area jails are just walking out, streets are caving in, bribes are being made, all kinds of things just plain fall apart, yet it usually seems to get swept aside when it involves a black official. Why? Because there's a mentality being endorsed here that blacks cannot be held responsible, for fear of stirring racist sentiment -- it's considered "good enough" that they're black, even if they're incompetant.
Thanks to racial gerrymandering, there's crazy-shaped districts designed to ensure a black candidate -- any black candidate -- wins. But obviously nothing is without its tradeoffs, so they end up being untouchable. All they have to do to stay in power is scream about being persecuted whenever anyone criticizes them: "It's a vast white conspiracy! I was framed!"
Of course, if I said this in public I'd be called a "sellout", as if thinking results are more important than emotion means you're carrying water for Whitey. How does that make sense at all? They see hate around every corner and rush to shield even the sleaziest of politician types out of some notion of "racial solidarity", yet have the NERVE to call ME the self-hating negro?
Listen here: prejudice still exists, of course, but if you think that the US in 2005 is no better than an era when we were beaten to death by angry mobs simply for attempting to vote & arrested for so much as drinking from the wrong water fountain, you are delusional. These days, open racism is offensive, and much of what were racial issues in the past are now more based on class than anything. The most important thing for minorities to place emphasis on is economic self-sufficiency, get on it.
Oh yeah, it wouldn't be race-baiting without Jesse Jackson...
Activists also used the rally to protest Georgia's recently passed voter identification law, which critics call the most restrictive in the country.
If that bill is approved by the Department of Justice, Jackson warned on Friday, it could "spread like a virus" to other states. Rainbow/PUSH is among a list of objectors that have urged the Department of Justice not to approve the law.
I hope it does actually. Vote fraud isn't cool...