The recently reported remarks of Ms. Charlette Manning, the chairwoman of Women in the NAACP, caught my ear the other day.
After Mitt Romney spoke at the NAACP convention she said “You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he’s coming from. He’s talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts — black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work.”
Now, before I get to my main point let me say this about myself. I am a white person and right about soon, if gas prices do not come down hard and fast I will be pretty much unable to find my own way back and forth to work, so I can really relate to such concerns. And no, I am not kidding or even exaggerating. When I moved to my current location, one hour and 40 miles (one way) to my job gas cost $2.00 a gallon. Then it went up, then it came down, now it’s back up. If it doesn’t get back to a lot closer to $2.0o rather than $4.00, I’ll pretty much have to get a second job just to be able to afford the commute to my first and best job. And again, I AM NOT KIDDING.
But I want to dwell on Ms. Manning’s almost complete lack of confidence in her brother and sister African-Americans.
She’s just, you know, completely wrong.
It makes me wonder if the NAACP, like many other “legacy” organizations, has any relevance to anyone younger than, oh say, 45 years old.
I just watched one of my recorded stash of HGTV’s Design Star show, in which they’ve winnowed the field to the final 4. Two of the finalists are African-Americans (OK, somebody could be from Canada, because those Canadians are always sneaking in across the HGTV border) and another I think is at least part African-American.
Based on the coming attractions, next week will be spent in part as a feature on some TV show which is hosted by an African-American woman. (Not Oprah, I don’t know who she is, and hey, she could be another of those stealth Candians, but you get my point.)
I don’t know if these contestants have savings accounts or have their acts totally together. Of course, they struggle in the contest. The last white man standing might win (sorry, Stanley, but I doubt it).
But, they sure as heck can find their way to work. They strive mightily to succeed. They are ambitious, determined, creative and (dreaded word!) entrepreneurial.
I certainly hope every single one of them hears Ms. Manning’s low opinion of them and votes for Mitt Romney out of spite, at the very least.
What exactly is this woman saying? She’s like a stereotyped race-card playing professional victim as featured in The Onion in a front page story written by Rush Limbaugh.
Does President Obama think her assessment of Black Americans is correct?
Oh right, don’t ask him, he wasn’t even there.