Niagara Gazette


September 6, 2013

HAMILTON: Obama's Syrian effect on local black politicians


Niagara Gazette — In fact, in some cases, they have found that, like the president, local blacks have done more for other groups than they have for the communities from which they come; and black voters may be giving those black incumbents the red light at the polls.

The president has stated on many occasions that he wanted to mainstream black Americans, to get us educated and involved in our system to the same level that fellow white Americans have long been. While I do not believe that he thought that his Syrian policy would have also been black America’s alarm clock, it may turn out that it is exactly that — and that its clanging is even heard above the roar of Niagara Falls.

As a result, black Americans will now be asking of local black, white and other politicians the question that white Americans have long asked of theirs, “What have you done FOR us lately?”

If we look at our past and current crop of black politicians, the answer would be a resounding nothing. Unfortunately, as our community centers remain closed, our employment numbers remain low and our incarceration rates remaining ever higher, we need to be asking the representatives that look like us the even better and more accurate question of, “What have you done TO us lately?”

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