by Patricia L. Dickson 10/8/14
You cannot make this stuff up! Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge (Ohio), at a town meeting hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus, lectured the black audience for what she called complaining. She spoke in a “you should be ashamed of yourself” tone that would make one feel guilty for complaining. How can they be so ungrateful for all the good things that the Democrats are doing for the black community?
I hope you will spend this much time with your local elected officials. I guarantee you most people in this room have not done that. With your school board, with your city council, and so then you won’t be calling me talking about somebody didn’t come and pick up your trash. You need to call your city council person for that.
And I say it that way because, I need you to understand we all have a role to play and the Congressional Black Caucus cannot do it all by ourselves. Everybody has to do their part…
The black caucus fights for you every day. Even when you won’t fight for yourself. We fight for you. Whether it’s immigration or education, whether it’s food stamps or housing, we fight for you every day. So my message to you is to contain your complaining.
Rep. Fudge even suggested to a roomful of black Americans that the Congressional Black Caucus is fighting for immigration. She did not explain what the CBC was doing to fight for immigration (fighting for or against it). If this was a push to get blacks to get out and vote, it clearly was a condescending tone used to address her own constituents.
Patricia Dickson blogs at Patricia’s Corner.
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