writing one week before the November 8th election, writing and
praying that Election Day comes sooner than it is supposed to. I did
my early vote thing so that I could, if necessary, drop into
battleground states like Virginia, North Carolina or Florida to do my
bit to get out the vote. And I’m hoping that voters will do
the right thing and elect Hillary Clinton, but as I wrote I know that
there is the possibility (not probability) that Mr. Chump will
matter who wins this election, governing will not be a cakewalk.
Republicans in Congress have pledged to initiate investigations of
Secretary Clinton, matters that have already been thoroughly
investigated. They want to know about the emails, the Clinton
Foundation, and more. And if Mr. Trump is elected there are likely
to be Democrats who will call for all kinds of investigations of him,
not to mention the many women who might well sue him for defamation
after he called those who he groped liars just looking for moments of
American people should remember, Henry Kissinger the former Secretary
of State who said, “No permanent friends, no permanent enemies,
just permanent interests”. The advancement of African American
people, frankly, has not been a priority for either Democrats or
Republicans. African Americans loyally give their votes to Democrats
because Democrats have been more responsive, but analysts have
correctly noted that the loyalty has not been reciprocal.
Republicans have been downright hostile to African Americans, even
after the 2012 drubbing that led to an analysis that urged
Republicans to reach out to African Americans and Latinos. Somehow,
the powers that be ignored the analysis that they paid good money
Dr. Ron Daniels and the fourth State of the Black World Conference. Each year since 2012, Dr. Daniels has convened
activists and leaders to assess the outcome of the presidential
election and to coalesce around ways to work together. The
conference will be held in Newark, New Jersey, from November 16-20.
This year, the theme of the conference is Racial Healing and
Collaboration for Black Empowerment, and while the conference will
feature a who’s who of black leaders and thinkers (like Susan
Taylor, Danny Glover, Mark Morial, Kimberlee Crenshaw, and others),
it will also openly solicit the ideas of attendees. Panelists have
been limited in the amount of time they will talk so that attendees
can also put their ideas out there. The thought is that the many who
work in local areas may have ideas that can be taken national.
Consciously, Dr. Daniels and his team have structured a conference
that encourages conversation and collaboration, especially
full disclosure, let me acknowledge that I will be receiving an award
from the Institute for the Black World on Saturday evening, and that
I am part of the Reparations Commission of IBW. And for full
disclosure, let me also say how much I admire and appreciate the
absolute tenacity that Dr. Ron Daniels has shown for Black people and
for the movement toward a progressive agenda. I am always delighted
to acknowledge him first as a friend, and also as a colleague.
need more Black folks like Ron Daniels to exhibit the amazing
tenacity that kept him on focus and on fire for African American
people. Too often, our focus is episodic, revolving around public
incidents – who got shot today, or who got racially profiled.
The fact is that we are all profiled, all day, every day, either
frontally or subtly. Just a few are committed to rejecting the
subtle profile in both domestic and foreign policy. Dr. Ron Daniels
is one of the few, and his work on Haiti speaks to the ways he
connects domestic and foreign policy.
only do we need more folks to live like Ron Daniels, but also we need
more to come to the State of the Black World Conference. Please
check out the Institute for the Black World website
and please come to the conference, bring your wisdom to the
conversation, if you can. Please help us strategize next steps.
November 8 is neither the beginning nor the ending. It is,
regardless of the winner, part of the continuum, a moment to ask,
again, about the status of African American people.
you are reading this before Election Day, November 8, please vote.
But you must know that voting is not the most, but the least, that
you can do. After November 8, please commit to the activism that
will advance the status of Black people. Thank you Black Lives
Matter for the work you do. And thank you, dear reader, for
embracing the opportunity to make a difference.