On The Georgia Gang Today Alexis Scott Scores Big Once Again, Making It Two Strikes.
She had neither the wisdom nor the discretion to let one of the other members of the panel -- a white member for example -- lead the discussion on about what a truly significant event it was for Sen. Obama not only to win in Georgia on Super Tuesday, but to win so overwhelmingly.
Come on Ms. Scott. If you want to help Obama and other candidates who just happen to be black, tone it down several notches. By my count, this makes your second strike, and three and you're out.
Your first came shortly after Denise Majette was declared the victor of the Democratic primary runoff election for the U.S. Senate in 2004, and was the subject of a 8-15-04 post entitled "That high-pitched whine is the sound of Martin Luther King, Jr. twirling in his grave" that provided in part as follows:
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood."
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
"[L]et freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! . . . When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
It's been almost 41 years to the day since Dr. King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial.
In little more than 41 hours after Denise Majette was declared the victor of the Democratic Primary runoff election for the U.S. Senate, and not too far from Stone Mountain, Alexis Scott of The Georgia Gang this week declared with glee: "The Democratic Party is the party of the blacks."
I don't think this was included in Dr. King's dream. Further, I even suspect Dr. King may have rolled over in his grave when he heard this pronouncement that sounded a bit like a victory speech.
I recognize that in my saying this, some will say that I must be an ostrich with his head in the sand; or that I am a white Democrat in a state of denial.
I respond to this by saying that I consider myself a Democrat, not a white Democrat. That ours is the party of the people, the party of inclusion.
That if we are to be labeled as a racially identifiable party, let it by someone among us who still considers us to be the party of inclusion.
In law we often say bad facts make bad law. I am not going to address the specifics behind Ms. Scott's statement other than observe that many factors were involved in Majette becoming our Party's nominee for the U.S. Senate.
And regardless, I do not believe the great majority of Democrats -- white and black -- believe the candidate herself merited Ms. Scott's conclusion. To paraphrase Secretary of Treasury Lloyd Bentsen, "Congresswoman, you're no Barack Obama."