11/10/2004
 
Alberto Gonzalez: A.G. for the AG?
Well now, a Texas Hispanic for AG. Will he be judged for the content of his character in the advise and consent hearings of the Senate or will he be tossed aside as insufficiently Hispanic?

Let's see now, Miguel Estrada, Judge Brown, Dr. Rice, General Powell, Elaine Chao, Rod Page, Norman Mineta, Alfonso Jackson... others. Demonstrably, Bush has nominated more minorities for cabinet positions and Federal Judge positions than any other president in history. Yet, it is the Democrats that keep getting called the party of inclusion.

I'm wondering when the disproportionate vote of Black America for the Democrats is going to sink in with Black America. I'm wondering when we will Honor Martin Luther King's Dream "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

I was there that day in late August, 1963 and I heard what was perhaps the greatest speech by any leader in modern times. And still I wonder. Why is it that people of color who are conservative are so easily dismissed by main-stream liberals? Why is political orientation more important than character? Why does it take a Texas Republican to put so many minorities in posts of leadership? I don't know. I wish I did.

How did the Republicans let themselves get saddled with the mantle of Racist with out really fighting a real fight back? How could leaders in the Republican Party make such asinine statements like Trent Lot did? How did the "Southern Strategy" get identified with exclusion of Blacks, when it was all about the inclusion of disaffected Democrats? How can the Democrats not rebel against Robert C. Byrds use of "White Nigger" and still look at themselves in the mirror, especially knowing about his history in the Klan?

I don't know the answer to any of these questions, I do know that if we don't learn to get past race, playing the race card, using race to keep people out of something or using race to insure their inclusion in something else, plain ole being nasty to human beings and fellow citizens because they don't look like we do we are doomed as a culture.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." We need to tattoo that across the insides of our eyelids, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, so that we see it every day, and we hold it dear.




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