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Patrons, Serfs, and Turf

by baldilocks

I’m going to tell you a secret about this.

Black female lead­ers and allies expressed their “deep dis­ap­point­ment“ with House Minor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen­ate Minor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer for their “recent fail­ure to pro­tect“ Rep. Max­ine Waters “from unwar­ranted attacks from the Trump admin­is­tra­tion and oth­ers in the GOP.”

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We write to share our pro­found indig­na­tion and deep dis­ap­point­ment over your recent fail­ure to pro­tect Con­gress­woman Waters from unwar­ranted attacks from the Trump Admin­is­tra­tion and oth­ers in the GOP,” the women wrote in a let­ter sent Tues­day. “That fail­ure was fur­ther com­pounded by your deci­sion to unfairly deride her as being ‘uncivil‘ and ‘un-​American.‘”

In doing so, we believe this mis­char­ac­ter­izes her call to action for peace­ful demo­c­ra­tic assem­bly and the exer­cise of her con­sti­tu­tional rights to free speech in sup­port of defense­less immi­grant chil­dren and their fam­i­lies,” the let­ter continued.

Waters (D-​Calif.) last month urged oppo­nents of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to protest mem­bers of his Cab­i­net wher­ever they encounter them. Pelosi and Schumer have dis­tanced them­selves from the com­ments, with the House Minor­ity Leader ask­ing to con­duct elec­tions in a way that “achieves unity.”

Here’s the let­ter.

And here’s the secret: Pelosi and Hoyer will do noth­ing about this.

Though they may give lip ser­vice to doing some­thing, they will ignore the let­ter. The House Demo­c­rat lead­er­ship knows that Waters is hurt­ing the Demo­c­rat Party, and the party is life to them.

The House Demo­c­rat lead­er­ship could not care less about what the party’s black vas­sals have to say. Pelosi and Hoyer care about win­ning elec­tions. And besides, where else these black female “lead­ers” and allies going to go?

Just as was so when mem­bers of the Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus com­plained in pub­lic about then Pres­i­dent Obama, so shall it be now. “Sit down and shut up. We know what’s best for the party. You are the foot sol­diers, not the generals.”

By the way, this is emblem­atic of why many Democ­rats – black and white – are so antag­o­nis­tic towards black con­ser­v­a­tives and Repub­li­cans; they think we serf for the oppos­ing patron.

Don’t for­get what I said about this phe­nom­e­non.

[S]ince the CRA, most black Amer­i­cans have given their alle­giance to the Demo­c­rat Party and, because of the mind­set [that who­ever pro­vides the most things — who­ever is the most gen­er­ous patron to black peo­ple – is a friend to black peo­ple], they have cer­tain expec­ta­tions of white Amer­i­cans — those expected of a patron.

From that notion comes this one: many black lib­er­als believe that black con­ser­v­a­tives give their alle­giance to the Repub­li­can Party for the exact same rea­son, and that they are, there­fore, sell-​outs.

The black “lead­er­ship” can write all the let­ters it wants, but we all know that they will shut up and march when told. They have no other choice.

And the Demo­c­rat Party will aban­don Max­ine Waters when she becomes more of a lia­bil­ity than an asset. I sus­pect that point in time is approach­ing quickly.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

I’m going to tell you a secret about this.

Black female leaders and allies expressed their “deep disappointment“ with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for their “recent failure to protect“ Rep. Maxine Waters “from unwarranted attacks from the Trump administration and others in the GOP.”

Maxine Waters

We write to share our profound indignation and deep disappointment over your recent failure to protect Congresswoman Waters from unwarranted attacks from the Trump Administration and others in the GOP,” the women wrote in a letter sent Tuesday. “That failure was further compounded by your decision to unfairly deride her as being ‘uncivil‘ and ‘un-American.‘”

“In doing so, we believe this mischaracterizes her call to action for peaceful democratic assembly and the exercise of her constitutional rights to free speech in support of defenseless immigrant children and their families,” the letter continued.

Waters (D-Calif.) last month urged opponents of President Donald Trump to protest members of his Cabinet wherever they encounter them. Pelosi and Schumer have distanced themselves from the comments, with the House Minority Leader asking to conduct elections in a way that “achieves unity.”

Here’s the letter.

And here’s the secret: Pelosi and Hoyer will do nothing about this.

Though they may give lip service to doing something, they will ignore the letter. The House Democrat leadership knows that Waters is hurting the Democrat Party, and the party is life to them.

The House Democrat leadership could not care less about what the party’s black vassals have to say. Pelosi and Hoyer care about winning elections. And besides, where else  these black female “leaders” and allies going to go?

Just as was so when members of the Congressional Black Caucus complained in public about then President Obama, so shall it be now. “Sit down and shut up. We know what’s best for the party. You are the foot soldiers, not the generals.”

By the way, this is emblematic of why many Democrats – black and white – are so antagonistic towards black conservatives and Republicans; they think we serf for the opposing patron.

Don’t forget what I said about this phenomenon.

[S]ince the CRA, most black Americans have given their allegiance to the Democrat Party and, because of the mindset [that whoever provides the most things—whoever is the most generous patron to black people–is a friend to black people], they have certain expectations of white Americans—those expected of a patron.

From that notion comes this one: many black liberals believe that black conservatives give their allegiance to the Republican Party for the exact same reason, and that they are, therefore, sell-outs.

The black “leadership” can write all the letters it wants, but we all know that they will shut up and march when told. They have no other choice.

And the Democrat Party will abandon Maxine Waters when she becomes more of a liability than an asset. I suspect that point in time is approaching quickly.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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