By JAVIER MANJARRESFormer Congressman Allen West, a southern black man, has been the most outspoken public figure condemning Congressman Allen Grayson’s recent and incendiary image, which depicts the “Tea Party” as being racist cross-burning Klansmen.
West questioned why President Obama, another black man, but probably not “down with the struggle,” has not publically denounced Grayson’s racially charged remarks. West also brings up a good point, in that Obama certainly had the hypocritical stones to say that the Washington Redskins mascot was racially insensitive, yet has failed to openly condemn Grayson’s cross-burning image and subsequent remarks defending the image.
I just knew that Obama, so beloved by the black community would make a serious stand against the use of a symbol that represented voter intimidation and lynchings of blacks. I felt that President Obama, the champion of civility in political discourse, would schedule a press event today, or maybe even call TEA Party leaders, such as he did with Sandra Fluke and Jason Collins, to offer an apology and support. Then I woke up from the dream I was having.
President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz lead the party who gave us the Ku Klux Klan and the burning cross symbol. Their silence is consent and demonstrates that today’s liberal progressives are just as comfortable using these images as their predecessors.
The party of Lester Maddox, George Wallace, and Huey Long Jr. is alive and well. Sadly enough, Rep. John Lewis and other “faux” black leaders are showing their true colors. Damn glad my parents inspired me to depart the plantation.-Allen West
Grayson’s 2014 Republican congressional opponent, Navy veteran Jorge Bonilla, slammed Grayson moments after the email was released, saying that Grayson fundraising ask was “despicable and needlessly hurtful to the many millions of families that still deal with the wounds of racial prejudice,” and accused him of simply trolling for donations.
Bonilla also called on President Obama to demand that Grayson apologize for his actions.
After releasing his despicable and hurtful cross-burning fundraising ask earlier this week, Congressman Alan Grayson refused to retract the repulsive email, and actually doubled down on his use of the inflammatory KKK image by stating, “If the hood fits, wear it.”
On Tuesday, I called on House Democratic Leadership to condemn Grayson’s vile and repulsive actions. Since then, there has not been so much as a peep from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi or Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. DCCC Chair Steve Israel, while critical of Grayson’s remarks, has refused to say whether the DCCC would donate any monies collected from the Grayson campaign.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has only managed to express “disappointment” for these vile remarks, despite being no stranger to the use of such vitriolic and divisive rhetoric. I would remind the Chair that only one side is equating political opposition to racism, so her factually-challenged calls for both sides to “dial back” are nothing more than a deflective non sequitur.While the Congresswoman did not call on Grayson to apologize, I do. Americans should also demand that President Obama (who touts civility in politics), and the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as civil rights activists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton all call upon Grayson to retract his not-so-civil remarks, and immediately apologize to all Americans, especially to the millions of Black, Hispanic, Asian, and other families who have suffered the evils of racial prejudice.-Jorge Bonilla
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