AFRICIAN AMERICANS’ ILLUSION OF INCLUSION by William Reed Columnist

Herman Cain’s assertion that Black Americans are “brainwashed” and George Soros’ observations that “Obama has lost control of the [country’s economic] agenda” and as a result it’s been left “in the hands of the Republican Party” is the raw, but true state of Black politics in America.

Because of Blacks’ “illusion of inclusion” and penchant for assimilation, “Black politics” is little more than an afterthought to many across America’s mainstream media. Blacks’ political role is to support maintenance of the status quo. Instead of making sure that measures toward curbing Black unemployment and underemployment are being carved into the 2012 Democratic Party platform, the majority of African-American political activists are singularly engaged on keeping Barack Obama in the White House.

An “illusion” is something that deceives or misleads intellectually. In the rush for inclusion in America, the election of the first Black president represented the apex of success in this school of thought. The folly of that has fallen to the level that Blacks’ major political pursuit is maintenance of the status quo and Obama as president. In their moves to be mainstream, Blacks now eagerly accept “second-class American” status. If you look at any social index, Blacks have much to complain about. Not just this Democratic administration but most political administrations over the years have ignored Blacks and their political needs. Black activists must be “brainwashed” or blind not to see legacies of institutional racism and discrimination in housing, education, policing, criminal justice and employment that continue under Obama’s presidency. The average African-American income is $33,916, compared with $54,920 for Whites. Conservative Republican Congressman Allen West offers a different slant on “who is brainwashing whom” by citing Black Americans’ disregard of the 16.7 percent unemployment rate in Black communities, 20 percent unemployment rate for Black adult males and 45 percent unemployment for Black teenagers under the Obama administration.

Collectively, African Americans are more involved in the political process than most minority groups. Black American enclaves have high levels of Congressional representation and the large majority of African Americans support the Democratic Party. African Americans have improved their social and economic standing significantly since the Civil Rights Movement and recent decades have witnessed the expansion of a robust, African-American middle class. Unprecedented access to higher education and employment in addition to representation in the highest levels of American government has been gained by African Americans in the post-civil rights era.

By calling himself “post racial” President Obama has transcended racial politics, convinced Blacks that American racism has gone away, all the while seeking to maintain White support by showing no favoritism toward Blacks. If there was ever any doubt that Obama is no champion of Black politics, that doubt should have been put to rest when Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus, "Stop whining!" Instead of the 2012 contest being just about “keeping a Black man as president” shouldn’t Blacks be making campaigners compete for their votes? Blacks should not be ashamed of who we are and what we stand for and remember that whoever wins this next election is going to set the tone for this country for a long time to come. In contrast the representative government we say we want, as we approach the 2012 political season Black activists want to “keep on keeping on.” Black political activists have found a hero to adulate, and in doing so, they have chosen largely to sacrifice their own political needs to keep Obama as president. At the assemblage of “Black Power” at the Congressional Black Caucus, President Obama spent little time assuaging Black economic fears and high levels of unemployment. Instead of any pretense of attention toward Black issues, in effect, Obama told Blacks in attendance there to stop thinking of their own predicament because it was sapping the energy he needed them to expend to get him out of his predicament. Cavalierly, Obama demanded that they stop thinking of their lack of jobs in order to work on saving his. “Stop ‘complainin. Stop grumblin’… we have work to do.” (William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)

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Butterfield Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Legislation for Standards Affecting Industrial Boilers and Process Heaters

U.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina


For Release: Immediate

Date: October 13, 2011

Contact: Tonya Williams
Phone: (202) 225.3101


Butterfield Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Legislation for Standards Affecting Industrial Boilers and Process Heaters

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), lead Democratic cosponsor of H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, applauded its passage today.

The bill directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop achievable standards affecting non-utility boilers and incinerators, and grants additional time for development of and compliance with the rules. Economic analyses have projected that compliance with the rules as currently proposed could cost between $4 and $14 billion, which could put several thousand manufacturing jobs at risk.

“This bill preserves important manufacturing jobs in places like Plymouth, Roanoke Rapids, and New Bern, North Carolina, while giving EPA the opportunity to get the regulations right,” said Butterfield. “This bipartisan legislation gives EPA the time it needs to produce a fair and effective rule on air emissions from industrial boilers.”

In January 2011, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals denied EPAs request for 15 additional months to promulgate the complicated and data-intensive rules commonly known as “Boiler MACT”. The legislation passed today statutorily grants EPA time to complete their goal of crafting a rule that not only meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act, but is also achievable for affected stakeholders.

A companion bill in the Senate, S. 1392, which is cosponsored by Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kay Hagan (D-NC), awaits consideration.

As passed, H.R. 2250 would:

· Provide EPA with at least 15 months to re-propose and finalize new rules for boilers, process heaters, and incinerators;

  • Extend compliance deadlines from three to at least five years to allow facilities adequate time to comply with the standards and install necessary equipment;
  • Direct EPA, when developing the new rules, to adopt definitions that allow sources to use a wide range of alternative fuels; and
  • Direct EPA to ensure that the new rules are achievable by real-world boilers, process heaters, and incinerators and impose the least burdensome regulatory alternatives consistent with the President’s Executive Order 13563.

Background Information

EPA published the proposed rules affecting industrial boilers and process heaters in June of 2010. In December 2010, after receiving more than 4,800 comments, EPA asked a federal court for an additional 15 months to re-propose the rules and solicit additional public comment. The court denied the request and instructed EPA to issue the rules within 30 days. On March 21, 2011, EPA complied with the court order and published final rules, but noted that it would reconsider certain aspects of the rules because the public had not had sufficient time to comment. The four interrelated rules set new standards for more than 200,000 boilers, process heaters, and incinerators. The rules apply across the entire U.S. economy and affect manufacturing and industrial facilities, commercial buildings, colleges and universities, hospitals, medical centers, hotels, apartment buildings, and municipal facilities.

Since publication EPA has issued a temporary administrative stay for two of the final rules.

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