A Newsweek opinion piece by Darvio Morrow, CEO of the FCB radio network, was very frank and, in my mind, very accurate, in its assessment of the priorities of the Democratic Party.
Morrow complains that Democrats are more interested in making White liberals happy than in meeting the real needs of minorities. Hence their preoccupation with “woke” policies and language and their neglect in addressing issues that have real impact on people of color, as if Hispanics are more interested in making sure everyone calls them “Latinx” than they are in rising gas and grocery prices that make it more difficult for them to provide for their families, or in rising crime rates that make their communities less safe.
As a result, Democrats are losing elections that most would expect them to win. Mexican-born Mayra Flores, wife of a border patrol officer, was just elected to Congress as the first Republican to represent her Texas district on over 100 years. Even in uber-liberal San Francisco, progressive prosecutor, Chesa Boudin, was successfully recalled by voters, and support for his recall was strongest in minority neighborhoods. Morrow quotes Andrea Shorter, spokesperson for Safer SF Without Boudin: “We’re looking around, and a lot of the bodies that are stacking up, whether it’s from fentanyl or from violent assaults from folks who should not have been on our streets … are people of color. There’s this romantic notion of what being a progressive means versus the reality of policies that are not having a positive impact on our lives. When there are open-air drug markets in the Tenderloin – well, who’s getting hurt by that? We’re all getting hurt, but it’s mostly people of color that hurt.”
“There’s this romantic notion of what being a progressive means.” Shorter could not have said it better. Progressives count on that “romantic notion,” hoping it will keep them in office even as they do little to nothing to improve the communities of those people for whom they pretend to represent. When Donald Trump criticized the late Elijah Cummings as representing a Baltimore district that was a rat-infested mess, the most troubling aspect of that criticism is that Trump was right. Cummings’ district was a rat-infested mess, and remains so today. Democrats talk about wanting to represent the needs of minorities and improve their communities, but do little to nothing to actually effect positive change.
Morrow asserts that some Democrats are catching on. He quotes Van Jones: “We’re in danger of becoming a party of the very high and the very low. If you pull out the working class, you have people who are very well educated and very well off. Those people talk funny. Latinx? I’ve never met a Latinx. I’ve never met a BIPOC. This weird stuff that these highly educated people say is bizarre. Nobody talks that way at the barbershop, the nail salon, the grocery store, the community center. But that’s how we talk now.”
Talk is all minorities get from Democrats, it seems, rather than helpful policies. Morrow points out the example of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complaining that checking juvenile criminal records in background checks on those under 21 who wish to purchase guns is racist. What? I thought Democrats and others interested in meaningful gun control were all about background checks in the effort to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally impaired. But some young person wants to buy a gun and AOC thinks it racist to find out if he has a criminal background? How insane is that? Correction: it’s not “insane,” it’s “woke” and “progressive.” AOC obviously thinks that young Black and Hispanic people are going to be prevented from purchasing guns if juvenile criminal records are checked, presuming that many of them were juvenile criminals. Isn’t that racist?
Morrow closes his opinion piece with this dead-on summary: “Instead of addressing real issues like inflation, the supply chain, gas prices, food prices and other things that have a real impact on the lives of Americans, today’s Democratic Party is focused on pronouns and microaggressions. It sends a signal to the average person that the Left is either unconcerned or is powerless to address the issues that every day Americans are facing.” It also sends the message that Democrats are less interested in improving the lives of minorities than they are in helping White liberals feel good about themselves. Many of the Democrats’ policies actually hurt the people they claim to want to help. But minorities know, as recent elections reflect, that using the right words means nothing if they and their children remain at risk.
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