By Arelya J. Mitchell, Publisher
The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway
To forego my Emily Post training and to be unashamedly politically incorrect, the one thing I can say about both Susan Rice’s and Hillary Clinton’s congressional hearings performances is that they were K.M.A. (Kiss. My. Ass.) performances. Of course, Susan had the added bonus of K.M.B.A. (Kiss. My. Black. Ass.) performance.
I can also say that I wasn’t at all surprised when Susan Rice dropped out because it simply wasn’t making any sense how she even got into the race for Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton in the first place. Not that Rice wasn’t qualified, because she was more than that, but because I believe to my little pea-picking heart and brain that the seat was already reserved for Sen. John Kerry, the esteemed senator from Massachusetts.
When Rice’s name first surfaced, I thought it was no more than a trial balloon and/or diversion at best. And boy did it surface to the top so fast that I went “huh, what, whoooaaa! What’s happening here?” The reason for my suspicions was that once Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that she wasn’t coming back, John Kerry’s name emerged and sticking on the heel of it like gum was Susan Rice’s name. I’m using ‘heel’ for a reason here. Stick with me (pun intended).
From that point on, the focus was solely on Susan Rice. The next thing you know is that El Presidente in a press conference was telling reporters that if the Republican Gestapo wanted to pick on anybody then they should pick on him. Ooooo! How gallant! How chivalrous! Then there was the parade of Susan Rice being marched in and out of meetings (a.k.a. the woodshed) by bad boy-former-presidential-loser John ‘Mad Man’ McCain who wanted her to apologize for alleged misstatements on Benghazi.
When McCain and the Republicans couldn’t whip Rice into apologizing (submission), they were devastated. Those woodshed moments were more about humiliating President Obama and Rice than getting answers over an incident that we all wished had not happened.
Anyway, an apology shouldn’t have mattered: Rice wasn’t going to get this position. Period. She didn’t have a snowball chance in a 2 million-watt Easy Bake Oven. Black women organizations jumped on her bandwagon all for naught, because it was looking to me as if El Presidente was trying to appease Black women by just looking like he was rallying behind her. Besides, he couldn’t take the wrath of Angry Black Women coming after him. So why not stand there with those elephant ears (a nod to Republicans) sticking out as if you really were listening? Rice was his trial balloon and/or diversion and he knew it. Yep! At the end of the day you can imagine that the White House sent Rice a nice little Emily Post post-it-note or thereof equivalent telling her to gracefully step down as they underhandedly aided and abetted the Mad Man McCain gang in squashing her name under Kerry’s heel like year-old gum and proceeded to stump her in the ground with the precision of a Flamenco dancer in flaming red male heels.
Republicans also got to use Rice to flex their flabby muscles to show that they had the power to stop a nomination that never was made and had no intention of being made.
After all the fighting and macho posturing, El Presidente was delighted to accept Rice’s letter, note, or whatever to be yanked out of consideration for the seat. And it’s just as well, because Rice didn’t have to take the brunt of McCain being so angry at himself for choosing Sarah Palin—a woman—and losing the highest office in the land to a Black man and blaming ‘the woman’ for it. He and Mitty can commiserate over that over a shot of cactus juice. (Now ask me if I care about being politically incorrect in that race does matter to angry white males).
Besides, Susan will survive and will be able to go home and pay the utility bill, unlike so many in the Black community at large—which brings to me to what I do respect about white boy, John Kerry. He’s paid his dues like any slave who worked the fields and got no respect for it.
You see during the trial balloon period, John Kerry sat back and theoretically called in some I.O.U.’s. And justifiably so. The Vietnam vet is not getting any younger. Boyfriend needed to flex his fighting muscles and swing back that white mane of hair that looks like a white man’s Afro.
What I respect about Kerry is that when he served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, he called for public congressional hearings on SBA discrimination and other discrimination on minority and Black-owned businesses. The hearings were held on May 22, 2007, and to my knowledge there had never been one on this topic and hasn’t been one since. Kerry dared to call attention to just how badly minority-owned and especially Black-owned businesses were being treated and threatened by those entities (e.g. the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Black farmers) which are supposed to help eliminate economic-ownership disparity in the most neglected area in discrimination–even worse than housing discrimination because it remains an area that most Black business-owners know about, scream about—but nobody is listening. Even the one with elephant ears.
Kerry went further by acknowledging that those Black-owned businesses which dared to complain about discrimination were and could be blackballed. And I’ve said it all along and will say it until I hit the grave that Blacks need to concentrate on Black-owned businesses and Black entrepreneurship to begin to hire their own as well as others and get beyond the voting booth in 21st Century America. You cannot grow economically when your economic model is based on consumption (consumerism), and now even more so when America is forging into Africa more boldly than ever—but I digress a tad bit.
One of those participating at the 2007 hearing was Anthony W. Robinson, president of the Minority Business Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MBELDEF), founded by Cong. Parren Mitchell in 1980. Robinson made the following statement in his testimony*: “I would like to give you some examples of real business owners who have confronted discrimination. It is critical that the Committee understand how very difficult it is for these businesspersons to come forward and share their experiences. By coming forward they are putting their businesses in jeopardy of being blackballed and frozen out of future business opportunities with larger companies that dominate their market or industry. I hope that you will all carefully consider the sort of courage and commitment to justice required to take those kinds of risks…”
While traditional Black groups are jumping on the bandwagon to secure the future of certain Black individuals (which is all fine and good and needed), they need to also jump on the bandwagon to fight for Black-business ownership, especially seeing that billions and billions were given outright to corporate welfare; whereas, a Black-owned business couldn’t get a bent penny during the era of the Great Bailout. Not even now. And you can bet your bottom dollar that as America lays out a neo-economic plan to plant good old-fashioned capitalism in the blackest of African nations that African American-owned businesses and African American entrepreneurs will be left out in what could and what will become neo-Colonialism if Black Americans are blocked off from participating and laying down economic stakes. Even China sees Africa as fertile economic grounds and is positioning herself to make her own brand of Yellow-Colonialism.
If America continues to turn her back on and discriminate against African American-owned businesses and African American entrepreneurship, her venture into Africa will be a neo-Colonialism that would make both Tarzan and Adam Smith proud for the mere fact it will continue to thump African Americans with its Hidden Hand into a more severe economic slavery. As Tarzan would say, ‘oooumm Gawa!’
Again, I digress a tad bit.
Anyway, Kerry also acknowledged the achievement of women and Black women in his 2005 eulogy to the indomitable Mrs. Rosa Parks, when he stated: “It is our time, now more than ever, to defend the right of women to live in a world where the mountaintops are no longer reserved for men. Our time to remember that after the Pope blessed her and placed rosary beads around her neck, Rosa Parks wrote to him in gratitude. She said ‘my lifetime mission has been simple, that all men and women are created equal under the eyes of our Lord.’ For Rosa Parks and for our country, it is our time to oppose prejudice not appease it; to dispel the fear of some towards others, not exploit it; to lift up the many – not the few, and to uphold the true patriotism that does what is right, not which justifies injustice or past errors.”
So all in all, Kerry isn’t a bad choice; and let’s not forget that Susan Rice played a bit role, too, in helping him get there. And seeing how important Africa is going to be in future U.S. foreign relations, Kerry at least has some sense of working with people of color.
Both Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton can pat themselves on the back with their highly intellectual and professional K.M.A. performances. And as for Susan Rice, she can hold her head up high and glance back at the haters and users with the extra bonus of K.M.B.A.
*Full text testimony on the Kerry Small Business Testimonies lane at http://blackinformationhighway.com/Kerry testimonies.htm or Testimony lane at http://blackinformationhighway.com/Testimony main.htm on the Black Information Highway and The Mid-South Tribune ONLINE. Also, of interest are the Katrina Letters by Cong. Bennie G. Thompson on the Katrina Letters lane at http://blackinformationhighway.com/Katrina letters.htm and Letters and Statements Lane at http://blackinformationhighway.com/Letters main.htm.The Katrina Letters encompass complaints about Black-owned businesses not being part of the Katrina clean-up. Please travel on the Black Information Highway and The Mid-South Tribune ONLINE at www.blackinformationhighway.com