In regards to Rod Blagovejech’s appointment of Roland Burris and Rep. Bobby Rush’s comments injecting race into this situation I give this statement.
First, I want to say that I actually like and respect Rep. Bobby Rush. But no one is trying to politically lynch this appointment because Roland Burris is Black. The disagreement or validity with the appointment isn’t because of the appointee, but the appointer. Rod Blagovejech’s intentions are derived out of his own political selfishness and benefit.
The U.S. Senate Democrats are not trying to prevent Mr. Burris from becoming the next “Junior Senator from Illinois” because he’s Black. This time race is not the issue and is the wrong fight to wage. Rod Blagovejech is a shrewd man, because he’s playing “The Race Card” and hoping enough Black people who are not paying attention to the details will buy into this argument. It appears that some already have.
If we want equality, freedom and justice for all it has to be mutual. I want a Black man to replace a Black man. You don’t want to be the token Black, so why should you push for the U.S. Senate to be for tokenism.
Yes, there is racism, even in politics and the U.S. Senate and Democratic Party is not immune to it. In this case the U.S. Senate and the Democratic Party is not denying Mr. Burris based on the content of his character, nor are they denying Mr. Burris based on the color of his skin. They are opposing this appointment, because is suspicious.
Yes, Blagovejech still legal has the right to appoint whomever to the vacant Senate seat, but given his dishonesty surrounding the appointment why would anyone accept an appointment from him. Why would you want a job where you’re looked at with suspicion? A great example is the selection of George W. Bush in 2000. There are many people who still look at him with suspicion.
I look at George W. Bush with great suspicion, but that’s a different story.
A few days ago I referenced a mythical character called “The Magic Negro”. What still amazes me is to see not the benefit of a “Magic Negro”, but the Negroes themselves who blindly, but faithfully continue to come to aid of the one in trouble who means him no good.
As a Black man I can say it’s good to see someone who looks like me in a position of power, because it’s rare and often difficult to obtain. But power demands respect, the respect comes from how they obtain that power. That’s the content of their character Dr. Martin Luther King referenced in his speech commonly known as “I Have a Dream”. Regardless of you race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation your nobility is measured not by how far or high you may go in life, but how you get there.
With all due respect to Mr. Roland Burris, Rep. Bobby Rush and those who support this appointment, I must disagree.
References & Inspiration: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 08/28/1963 “I Have a Dream” USA Today – 01/06/09 “Half Say Burris should be blocked from Sen. Seat” Chicago Tribune – 01/06/09 “Roland Burris is turned away at Senate” ABC News – 12/30/08 “Outrage Greets Blagojevich Power Play” Associated Press – 01/06/09 “Burris Refused Seat in US Senate”