Monday, May 10, 2010

The Neo Liberals Win Again

Fair warning, I'm getting ready to slam the race card down on the table. Hard.

We already have two white women on the Supreme Court do we need three? I mean, really? Are there no African American women qualified, competent, and intelligent enough to sit on the Supreme Court? To paraphrase Sojourner Truth ain't we a woman?

And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?

Once again progressives/liberals/and African Americans are overlooked and our loyalty taken for granted. I don't care if Elana Kagen is a direct descendant of the late Thurgood Marshall, can't we have one progressive/liberal African American on the Supreme Court? And NO, Clarence Thomas doesn't count. In the words of the Langston Hughes poem Mother to Son, life for black women ain't been no crystal stair.
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor --
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.

Historically African American women have always been marginalized and minimized. In the days of slavery they watched helplessly when their children were snatched from their arms and sold down the river. Their bodies weren't their own and they endured rape and humiliation by their owners. African American men were powerless to protect and defend them from the horrors, brutality and disrespect.

The media is spinning Kagen as an ultra liberal because she attended Harvard, clerked for Thurgood Marshall, donated to Obama blah, blah, blah, but we really know very little about her because she doesn't "have a paper trail" or a track record. We do know as the Solicitor General she argued against former Governor Don Siegelman getting a new/fair trail.

Oh how I wish progressive/democrats could be organized in their opposition like the republicans. One of my friends writes:
One of the things that burns me up is that when Bush nominated Harriet Myers, the Conservative Republicans had no problem organizing opposition to the nomination, and they got the job done in record time (25 days). The one thing missing in the Liberal/Progressive base is the ability to effectively organize, when the President makes a mistake like Kagan and the "Mandatory Insurance" issue

Oh how I wish President Obama would stop pandering to the neo liberals at the expense of progressives/liberals.

Was President Obama afraid to nominate a qualified African American woman because he felt white Senators wouldn't vote for her?

If so, what does that say about the white Senators?

If so, what does it say about President Obama? I mean he has the power and the opportunity to validate African American women. African American women like his mother in law Marion Robinson. African American women like his wife Michelle. African American women like his daughters Sasha and Malia. He could have paved the way for his daughters and young black women all over this land, but he chose to play it safe.

Life for black women ain't no crystal stair because we ain't a woman. A woman with equal rights.

The Neo Liberals win again.



yellowdog said...

I'm telling you, this is the kind of passionate, informative, and inspirational point of view lost to LiA.

Such a shame.

But as you say, now you have your own sandbox, and a very awesome presentation it is!

Good job, Redeye. It is much appreciated.

'Some' change is not what we voted for and if we complacently applaud the little we get, nothing will ever really change. Liberal voices of discontent need to heard!

Redeye said...

Thanks yellowdog. You keep up the good fight over at LiA. BTW loved the mental health comment. :)