Organizers call it the Crispus Attucks Tea Party, and according to the Fox News report I came across by way of a post on the right-leaning website Big Government, the CATP has attracted African-Americans with a wide range of political leanings to its ranks, including long time Democrats.
Now before you pelt me with tomatoes and eggs, hear me out. I’m a native Chicagoan, a Democrat, and a reluctant Obama supporter. I won’t go into why I drank the Obama kool-aid, but I’ll just say that I wish I had a kool-aid tester before I drank it.
Perhaps the effects of the Obama kool-aid have begun to wear off? Maybe the change we were supposed to believe in only amounted to “chump change?” Let’s see: Despite the fact that we’re supposed to be in the midst of an economic upswing, record unemployment persists among Whites, and it’s even higher among African-Americans. Those who are working are in fear of losing their jobs. People are losing their homes and finding their quality of life in grave jeopardy of disappearing into the mist, if it hasn’t dissolved into oblivion already.
Perhaps what’s going on down in Houston, which, according to Wikipedia, is the fourth-largest city in the United States, should make us sit up and take notice? If the Tea Party can garner enough interest and support among African-Americans in the 4th largest city in the United States, then where next? My hometown Chicago? Los Angeles? NYC? Baltimore? Philadelphia?
Will it make Democrats sit up and take notice? Given their track record for coming to the soiree late, probably not until the last minute. Apparently, the Crispus Attucks Tea Party is not on Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee‘s radar screen. According to the Fox News report, she was invited to attend the inaugural meeting but declined. Bad move, Congresswoman Lee. People are tired of being taken for granted, of being taxed without adequate representation, and of being led to believe that their elected officials are acting in their best interests when in fact they are engaging in all kinds of “questionable activities.”
*side eye to Rep. Jackson Lee*
I’m not suggesting that African-Americans will defect en masse from the Democratic Party. That will never happen. There will always be African-Americans who will be die-hard Democrats, who think like this guy: “It’s just not in my system to want to identify with any other party than Democrat”. He’s a loyal kool-aid sipper, and as long as we have folks like that who refuse to explore other options because it’s “not in his system” to do so, well, it makes no sense to waste one’s time attempting to change their minds. Chances are, these are the same people who are okay with things just the way they are.
But what I am suggesting is that if the Democrats don’t find a way to address the concerns of a growing segment of its African-American base that is pretty sick and tired of the status quo, they think the run up to the mid-term elections was a bit of a scare? The mid-terms will be a picnic compared to the 2012 election cycle. Democrats are in for a rude awakening if they continue to sit on their hands and take their base for granted.
They are in for a rude awakening. Remember Velma Hart? Roll the tape.