Thursday, June 13, 2013

Stay Tuned: The Tale of Two Black Politicians

I wanted to introduce you to two new Black faces in politics.  I get the feeling you will hear more about both within the next year or so.

                                        The first is Anthony Brown.              

Mr. Brown is the current Lieutenant Governor of Maryland.

Born and raised in New York to immigrant parents, Brown graduated from Huntington High School.  During his Sr. year, Brown became the first Black President of his schools student body. 

Brown received his undergrad and J.D. from Harvard.  Prior to law school, Brown received several medals while on active duty in the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Iraq.  He is currently a Colonel in the US Army Reserve.

After representing Maryland's 25th District for nearly 10 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, Brown was elected Lieutenant Governor on a ticket with Tommy Carcetti Martin O'Malley.

On May 10, 2013, Brown announced his candidacy for Governor of Maryland where, if elected, he would become the state's first Black (and the country's 3rd mainland elected) governor.

The second is Earl Walker (E.W.) Jackson.

Born in Pennsylvania, Mr. Jackson grew up in foster homes. When he reached military age, Mr. Jackson joined the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War.  After, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and his J.D. Harvard where he also studied theology.

Currently, he is head pastor at Exodus Faith Ministries and is an outspoken conservative contributor on many political talk shows.

Raised Democrat, Mr. Jackson's Christian beliefs fueled his move towards the Republican Party where he's become an unapologetic advocate encouraging Blacks to move from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.

Jackson made an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate seat in Virginia.  On May 18, 2013, Jackson was nominated as the Republican Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor and running mate for  Kenneth Cuccinelli.

I mention these two gentlemen because the role race and gender played in the 2012 election.

Along with Cory Booker of New Jersey and, to a lessor extent, Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, Anthony Brown has the background and pedigree that could potentially make him the "next Obama."  Similar to how the NBA called everyone from Grant Hill, Harold Minor, and Kobe Bryant the "next Michael Jordan." It's very possible that one of these gentlemen could be a major player on the national scale.

As for, Mr. Jackson, he's already stirring up controversy.  At at a time when the Republican Party is looking into ways to expand their brand and become more inclusive, Jackson may not be the droids candidate they are looking for.  Jackson's past includes anti-gay comments, called Planned Parenthood the KKK, calls President Obama a Muslim, fought against desegregation, and praised the Constitution's 3/5ths clause calling it an "anti-slavery amendment."
“Rev. [Charles Wallace] Smith must not have understood the 3/5ths clause was an anti-slavery amendment. Its purpose was to limit the voting power of slave holding states,”
 It's too soon to tell, but I can't imagine Mr. Jackson serving as the best choice to deliver the "olive branch" to the Black community and women.  He may do more damage, which won't help the cause.  As I said, time will tell.

In my opinion, lack of outreach isn't the problem for Republicans, its their policies and platforms.  Also, the perceived radical and anti-Black nature of many Black Republicans has NEVER helped their cause.  From Alan Keys and Herman Cain to Mr. Jackson, the lack of introspective healing and internal educating will ALWAYS provide repellent.   This appears to be one step back not forward.  RNC Chair Reince Priebus should add this to their autopsy. 

Obama is both Atheist and Muslim!

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