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You Can’t Blame Big Bad Republicans For Everything

In Articles on June 3, 2012 at 12:28 am

Lenny McAllister Writes About the Blame Game

CHICAGO, IL (May 31, 2012)  – The more gunfire rains down on Black communities, including innocent Black youths on the South Side of Chicago, the more that it should be frustratingly obvious that stale talking points and status quo approaches are not the way to go.

There is something wrong when residents of Chicago’s South Side hear the sounds of gunfire at night that are so strong it sounds like it’s raining outside.

There is something tragically worse when the best that elected Black leadership – at the local, state, and federal levels – can do is resort to the same stale talking points of blaming some big, bad Republican somewhere on the woes of our communities.

I heard the rhetoric on CNN. I watched in head-shaking amazement, listening to a Chicago alderman somehow reach for national partisan talking points to explain why his one-party ward in a one-party form of city government had so many recurring problems of violence and hopelessness in a city where Black power was once seated.

I heard the rhetoric as a humbled guest recently on a Detroit radio station. I listened as multiple Detroiters attempted – futilely – to explain how the monolithic voting patterns of Black people in the Motor City was beneficial to them, their children, and the city as a whole.

One glance at the aftermath of government budgets and ethics in Detroit along with reviewing employment and education issues there and the question is evident: how has that one-party, one-stop voting bloc for Black Detroiters worked out for them?

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