Yvette Carnell: Why Do Neo-Nazis Have Lobbying Groups But African-Americans Don’t?
by Yvette Carnell
Black people have been here, what? 400 years? And we still don’t have a strong presence on Capitol Hill, leaving our issues in the hands of Ben Jealous? Is this a serious approach to politics? And, a better question; how’s that working out for us?
Ben Jealous is on TV nonstop, but what about – the rest of us? How have their efforts lessened the mass incarceration of young black men? In spite of all the rallies and protests, isn’t a black boy getting ‘Stopped and Frisked’ as I write this?
Funny enough, when most demographics become serious about changing the modern American political system in ways that benefit them, they become serious about raising money to lobby Congresspeople.
That’s what the Neo-Nazis did when they recently filed paperwork to actively lobby the Hill. Paul Mullet, of the neo-n**i Crusaders For Yahweh-Aryan Nations LLC, filed paperwork to be a lobbyist on Capitol Hill, The Hill reported on Monday. So where are the African-American lobbyists and think tanks on The Hill? Nevermind, we’re still – marching.
“The white race is being targeted as a hate group. Everywhere we turn, we are being depicted as a bunch of inbreds. … It is time we take a stand,” Mullet told The Hill. That’s right, he wants to end you, and all that you hold dear. But instead of working to start a PAC to combat Mullet, and filling that PAC with money, we’re using our financial resources to consume things we don’t need.
This is not to say that there aren’t black lobbyists on the Capitol Hill. There are. But they’re all lobbying for someone else’s interests. They’re hired hands. When are we going to stand up for ourselves and take our own plight seriously? Or are we just more suited for the role of perpetual domestic, happy to place the needs of others ahead of our own?
It may very well be true that we’ll never be able to outspend the PACs that support conservative interests, but what does it say about us that we won’t even try?
Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.
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