Saturday, February 4, 2017

“Black Republican Trailblazer Awards”: A "Separate and Unequal Event"

Rivers have often been the source of great inspiration in literature.  The very power of the Creator is witnessed in the ebb and flow of these pristine waters.  The farmer reaches his hands into the very fertile earth and blesses the Nations with the fruit born of the river's seed.  Beyond the natural expression, rivers have been the symbols of time elapsed never to be recovered.  A painful sense of loss or even lives passing into oblivion.  In Washington, DC, two rivers flow: the Anacostia and the Potomac. The Anacostia has always represented the despair felt by the poor, the hopelessness of the miseducated and those forgotten in dreams deferred.  The Potomac has always been the privilege of wealth, the luxury of networking in ivory towers and the expectation of the laurels of nobility.   Rivers divide men of war and men of peace.  When it comes to Black Trailblazers, a river divides two men in honoring great men and women in Republican history.  The violent ebb and flow of wills have left one alone in awarding the least, the last, and the lost and the other with the might of the Nation's Executive Office to award the well-heeled and well-connected.  The unfortunate result of this mighty battle of wills has left many worthy candidates without merit.  In a month of reverence for the lives of Frederick Douglass, Carter G. Woodson and a host of modern greats, Trailblazers have been made "separate and unequal".

On one side of the river, a man stands isolated from the herd.  Some believe that he is arrogant and woefully unyielding of credit to others for their past labors in establishing and promoting the “Black Republican Trailblazer Awards”.  None will even question his sincere efforts or his intellectual property rights.  However, he's not a team player.  He has often said in public that the only way that the GOP will recognize a Black Republican is if they are a Socialist - Democrat.  He has questioned the lack of a black agenda by Black Republicans that seem naked although they proclaim imperial robes as they stumble behind President Donald Trump hoping that they can convince him that they have direct access to Chicago gang members.  He has wondered aloud how the best can be considered for governmental posts and none of them happen to be Black.  He has often questioned why such great Black Republicans like Kay Cole James, former Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management under George W. Bush, and Frederick D. McClure, Chief Executive of the Bush Library Foundation, are not called upon more for advice and counsel amongst public policy mavericks.  He idolizes them so, admiring their sacrifice for God and country.

Yeah, Ken, But!!!!  You don't know how condescending and arrogant he is.  He makes comments like this:

"It wasn’t until I created the “Black Republican Trailblazer Awards” five years ago that anything meaningful was ever done under the Republican label to acknowledge Black History Month.  Now the party is even trying to steal that from Black folks by way of a lawsuit; which most of you are aware of."

Yeah, he's a cocky somebody now, isn't he?  However, how many Trailblazer Awards were there before this little man stepped forward?  Or here's a better question: How many years did it take before the people he admired choose the comforts of power, wealth, and influence of the Party and walked away from him?  The challenged founder of the “Black Republican Trailblazer Awards” perseveres even as the man on the opposing riverbank influences Black Republicans to avoid him like the plague and stay with the team.  What could the founder possibly do for you?  Simply, what can a Black Republican that seeks to honor Black Republicans that have been overlooked and forgotten possibly do for you?  Ms. Imanginary Name, please bring me a checkbook and let's see what it takes to divide and conquer.

On the other side of the river stands a man that believes Party matters.  As more and more Blacks are moving towards a conservative voting perspective and away from the Socialist - Democrat plantation, the GOP wants to show that it can be a place that honors heritage while pursuing the best course of legacy.  Even more encouraging is the revelation that 14% of Black men voted for President Trump.  Do they have an official plan of action to help convert individuals from Trump supporters to becoming Republicans?  I doubt it.  Understand that this is the calamity of not being prepared for what you wish.  The man on this side of the river understands that this is not merely a luncheon for elders to consort, pictures to be taken, a few rehearsed words to be spoken and remembrances archived.  This is a stake for the political future of the Party.  We know that the Party, or at least most of its membership, does not believe in identity politics.  We are all Americans.  However, it doesn't take a civil engineer to recognize that there is a breach in the Socialist - Democrat Party dam.  A "Black" Republican should have only one interest: the Party.

But Ken, we have an Outreach Center in Detroit.

OK.  Back to the essay.

During the Thursday, February 2, 2017, RNC African American Leaders Update Call, GOP leaders joyfully spoke of their plans for Black History Month.  Kay Coles James, a woman who was to be honored this year by that arrogant little guy on the other side of the river but declined so that her infamous Gloucester Institute in Gloucester, VA would act as host of the Republican Party's “Black Republican Trailblazer Awards”, is taking a leadership role.  Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel will be called on to deliver words of encouragement.  While at Holly Knolls, those Blacks attending will be responsible for preparing a "Black Agenda" to present to President Trump.  I suppose Chicago gang leader delegates will be invited as well.  It seems so well planned and inclusive of Republicans of note and power.

When will this take place?

February 24 - 26, 2017.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm!  Why is that Renaissance Weekend Date so important?

It is important because most Republicans--black, white, brown or yellow--will be at the National Harbor in Prince George's County, MD for the Conservative Political Action Conference.  Yes, CPAC 2017!  Their dates are February 22 - 25, 2017.  Whom will be attending CPAC?  Here's a brief list: President Trump; Vice President Mike Pence; Mike Flynn; Stephen Bannon; Dr. Ben Carson; former Senator Jeff Sessions; former GOP Chairman Reince Preibus; Mike Pompeo; K. T. McFarland; Ryan Zinke; Scott Pruitt; Tom Price and Rick Perry.  So Renaissance Weekend is important to the GOP?  By the way, it's only two hours and forty minutes away from National Harbor.  Might be longer at rush hour.  Start early when you choose Renaissance Weekend over CPAC 2017.  Tweet me.  Let me know how that works out.

Ladies and gentlemen, there are two wills that make “Black Republican Trailblazer Awards” a "separate and unequal event".  Why must one travel 160 miles outside of Washington, DC to receive an honor for being forgotten in time and space by noble, wealthy and influential Republicans?  What of the Republican that knocked on doors in the hot sun and cold bitter wind to encourage urban dwellers to vote for "the guy that wanted to round all black people up and send them back to Africa".  Not true but, the legend lives on.  It doesn't seem clear that the Republican Party has chosen worthy candidates for honoring at the Republican Party's “Black Republican Trailblazer Awards”.  The arrogant man on the other side of the river, however, has selected: Maxine Blake, Ohio Civil Rights Icon; Gerald Boyd, Sr., President, DB Consulting; Richard Finley, COO, Finley Group, Inc.; Alan Inman, President, Global Peace Foundation; and Robert Wallace, CEO, Bithgroup Technologies, Inc.  Well, this may change depending on the power of the whisper and checkbook of the well-heeled and well-connected man on the other side of the river.  I suggest that the noble elite avails their strength and that the isolated one reaches out beyond the confines of his pride and unify this effort.  There is nothing more embarrassing than having to explain to people why Republicans waited almost 200 years to begin practicing "separate and unequal".  

There is room for you both on this mighty river.  

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