I really don't care whether or not Marilyn Davenport resigns from the Orange County Central Committee for emailing a picture of President Barack Obama's face on the body of a baby chimpanzee. I'm not a Republican, I'm not planning on joining the Republican Party anytime soon, and to be quite honest neither are the majority of the Black folks up in arms about it. In fact, I'd actually have been more offended if it'd come from a Democrat--but it didn't. So what's the big deal? In my opinion, Blacks have enough racists in the Democratic Party to contend with without taking on unnecessary fights with people whose candidate's we were never going to support in the first place.
Look--it's no secret that today's Republican Party is no friend to Blacks, and that's with or without Marilyn Davenport's email. Historically, every issue of importance to Blacks you can find the Republican Party on the other side of the line. And while alleged 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump is under the elusion that he has a good relationship with "the Blacks," that's not the case with his Republican Party counterparts.
Instead of Black leaders doubling their efforts to influence the decisions made my a political party that's of no relevance or importance to the average Black voter, why not turn a discerning eye towards their own party, the Democratic Party and the unspoken racism that oozes from within?
I'm not sure which is worse. The Democrats continued assumption of the Black vote or the Republican's refusal to even acknowledge the passage of the 15th Amendment granting Blacks the right to vote.
Republicans are an easy target for Blacks, where's the challenge in that? I'd rather see Black leaders asking the tough questions to our alleged political allies in the Democratic Party. It was after all Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid's who characterized then--candidate Barack Obama's as a "light-skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect.
And even though she's dead, it was one-time Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro who told the Daily Breeze Newspaper in March of 2008 that "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."
And I can't leave out my favorite racist Democrat of all-Harriet Christian, who during the 2008 presidential campaign said that "The Democrats are throwing the election away. For what? An inadequate black male, who would not have been running had it not been a white woman that was running for president?
She might as well have called him a nigger.
So you see, the Democratic Party has its own race issues to deal with.
Besides, considering the fact that Blacks constitute less than 6% of the state's population and electorate, it just seems to me that Black leaders would be more focused on making sure that our voices and issues are heard loud and clear by the Party we're seemingly born into before we start interfering in others.
As far as I'm concerned I sincerely hope Marilyn Davenport doesn't resign and holds her ground--going into the 2012 presidential race strategically speaking, that's exactly where Democrats need her--timing, it really is everything and sometimes we really need to just take a chill pill.
Jasmyne Cannick, 33, is a political communications strategist who has worked in the House of Representatives, California StateLegislature, and for local city governments in California. She can be reached via her website at www.jasmynecannick.com.