One of the questions that conservatives have been asking for a long time is when exactly the large block of black voters that consistently support the Democrat Party at the polls will realize that they’re being used. This is less about defending Republican Party policies regarding the interests of the inner cities and black communities and more about pointing out how wretched Democrat Party policies have been towards them.
When the history of our American era is written, it will be well established that modern liberalism simply debilitated the efforts of many black citizens to escape a vicious cycle of poverty.
Consider the spectacle of Democrat members of the Congressional Black Caucus remaining stoic and indifferent during President Trump’s State of the Union Address when he highlighted the encouraging drop in black unemployment numbers. While anecdotal, it is revealing of something far more sinister.
It’s one thing to not celebrate good news for black people in America. It’s quite another to advocate legislation that creates bad news for black people in America. Yet that is precisely what the Democrats of the Congressional Black Caucus continue to do.
It bears repeating that the demographic that is hardest hit by illegal immigration (and even liberal legal immigration policies) is young black males. Yet what group of individuals are some of the greatest champions of this very kind of porous immigration policy? The Democrat Party generally, and the Congressional Black Caucus specifically.
Simply put, supporting Democrat Party objectives on immigration necessarily pits you against the best interest and upward social mobility of young black males in America’s inner cities. There is no way around that quantifiable reality.
Moreover, there was another moment during the State of the Union that should alarm anyone who even pretends to be focused on the well-being of black Americans. In an effort to highlight the growing problem of criminal illegal aliens in the country, President Trump had invited the black parents of a teenage girl murdered by illegal aliens involved in the international crime gang MS-13. The story was heartbreaking for anyone with even the smallest degree of empathy in their soul.
That apparently did not include the Democrats in the Congressional Black Caucus who refused to stand and honor the slain teenager or her parents. Such callousness hit the grieving father, Robert Mickens, especially hard:
Well, I thought it was very disrespectful for the simple fact the Democrats who were there that did not stand up, they were African-Americans. So that hurts me a lot to show they did not have the respect or to honor what just happened to our lives and to Americans' lives. It's not right, you know. Regardless of how they feel about the president, they should show the respect because I would show them the respect if that was their loved one.
I don’t doubt that Mickens would show that basic humanity. All of us who have not been corrupted by a party-first, agenda-driven, politics-obsessed culture that now defines D.C. surely would. If it wasn’t clear to black Americans before last Tuesday, it should be now: the people in Washington who claim to care about you don’t. They see only a political agenda – and if that means you get hurt or exploited in the process, so be it.
Inner city and black misery will continue in this country so long as people continue believing that D.C. offers the best hope of success – or that they even care about it.