@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG @HandmaidsOnHulu Patterns of betrayal and injustice develop over many generations & require as much to disrupt. In this link @probert06 of @blkagendareport reflects on the abuse pattern between Blacks & the Democratic Party. Join Thursdays, 8 pm ET, from 1/13/22, “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny.”
The long game. More than anything, my belief is that Black people need to get better at playing the long game. In other words, where do we want to see ourselves in 50, 100, 500 or 1,000 years – and more importantly, what are the things we believe we need to do to get there?
Through humiliation, degradation, torture and abuse, the character June Osborne, in The Handmaid’s Tale, plays the long game. She keeps her eye on her goal of securing the return of her first child, Hannah – no matter what is happening to her, no matter the unlikelihood of success, no matter the costs she has to pay, no matter how long it might take to achieve her dream. Arguably, this single-minded focus is the key to her own survival.
More than anything, my belief is that Black people need to get better at playing the long game.
Pascal Robert points to the “50-plus-year counter-revolution” with great consistency, as he does in the commentary linked here. As you reflect on the pattern of betrayal in the Democratic Party Robert is describing, I ask that you also consider the ways in which we might pursue a new agenda. The long game. — LMO
“…In the U.S., Black people are the crash test dummies for the Democratic Party and the liberal establishment. The Democrats showcase the misery of Black people – through a discourse of ‘racial grievances’ – to maintain their legitimacy while deploying the Black political class to neutralize the ‘progressive’ elements in the party…
“During Obama’s tenure over 35% of Black wealth evaporated, and there was no recourse for…Black America. Furthermore, 95% of Obama’s presidential job growth was low wage temp jobs. Blacks were the crash test dummies whose noble history of struggle was pimped out so Banks could be protected as America saw one of the greatest wealth transfer s upward since the gilded age.
“After the 2016 election, the racial grievances of Blacks rendered them as crash test dummies again. This time the corporate faction of the Democratic party deployed the Black political class and its media acolytes to neutralize the rising cry for social democracy and anti-capitalist politics. Black thought leaders in the chattering class deemed the Bernie Sanders candidacy as ‘tone deaf on race,’ while pushing to coral Black politics around neoliberalism and Hillary Clinton. Furthermore, the Black political class has been repeatedly dispatched to destroy candidates for office that have carried the Sanders message. This subterfuge became obvious with both the 2021 Nina Turner campaign in Ohio, as well as the India Walton campaign in Buffalo, New York…
“…In the U.S., Black people are the crash test dummies for the Democratic Party and the liberal establishment. The Democrats showcase the misery of Black people – through a discourse of ‘racial grievances’ – to maintain their legitimacy while deploying the Black political class to neutralize the ‘progressive’ elements in the party…— Pascal Robert
“Under the current Biden presidency Democrats are worried that the strategy of using Blacks as crash test dummies by dispatching ‘woke’ racial grievance discourse to stain Trump’s Republican party is backfiring. As working-class voters flee the Democratic party, the belief is that the age of ‘wokeness,’ has cost Democrats so much that they might have to start appealing to working class white voters using whatever messaging is possible. The recent controversy over political data expert David Shor and his calls for the Democratic party to embrace his messaging strategy called ‘popularism,’ has the vapid Black chattering class worried that the Democratic party is going to throw Black people under the bus to appeal to working class Whites…
“The last time Democrats used major polling analysis to change their messaging we got the Democratic Leadership Council, Clinton Crime Bill, the New Democrats, NAFTA GATT and worse neoliberalism that was highly racialized against Blacks. And in 1984 the same argumentation was used, ‘Democrats need to find a way to appeal to working class Whites.’ As vapid as the Black liberal chattering class has always been, I don’t think we can totally fault them for their paranoia about the Democratic party’s alleged embrace of ‘Shorism’ or ‘Popularism.’
“…the only class of Negroes benefitting from this race reductionist nonsense are pedigreed Blacks who have always leveraged the misery of Black toilers for policy considerations that largely only benefit those Black elites. Negro elites and certain Blacks in academia have made a fortune off George Floyd’s corps for doing nothing but protecting the status quo. So don’t blame Progressives. Blame the liberals, Black, White, and otherwise who have been using Black people as crash test dummies while showing sheer disregard for most of Black America during almost all the last 50 plus year counter-revolution.” — Pascal Robert
READ | Are Black People the Crash Test Dummies for Democrats? | by Pascal Robert | Black Agenda Report | 11/10/2021