The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Recently, the media reported comments you allegedly made in an interview with Black Enterprise magazine. In the interview, you reportedly said: “I’m not the President of black America, I’m the President of the United States of America”. Those comments are not necessarily mutually exclusive. In fact, those comments should be construed as complementary and beneficial to Blacks.
The media has also reported that you intend to support a plank in the Democratic Party’s platform for gay rights. No suggestion has been made that you intend to support a similar plank for Black rights. For gay rights, a closet relationship has always been an option. For Blacks, a closet relationship, has virtually, never existed except for unlawful, sexual liaisons between Blacks and whites until the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia.
Since 1619, Blacks have been at the bottom of the barrel in this country. By not including a Black plank in the Democratic Party’s platform while supporting a plank for gay rights suggests that Blacks are still in the closet politically until the General Election in November 2012.
A safe start for the examination of the rights of Blacks today can be found in the Kerner Commission Report. It was written after the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Open Housing Law of 1968. President Richard M. Nixon was in the White House. It has been downhill for Blacks since January 20, 1969.
History will argue that I am the “Father of Hate Crime Laws”. Today, hate crime legislation covers racial, sexual and religious groups. If the Democratic Party were subject to hate crime legislation, it would be penalized for fully embracing gay rights while refusing to accord a similar quid pro quo to Blacks.
I am suggesting that you retool your presidential campaign. Blacks are not a liability. Blacks built this country. The fact that it was done with “free labor” only enhances this country’s income statement. The problem is ignorance and propaganda. You can start this remedial process by your campaign publicly crediting the unprecedented and unparalleled Black contributions.
Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls, the only African-centered, sleep-away, summer retreat in the nation, is propelled only by “sweat equity”. In its eighteen years of existence, not a single parent nor guardian has called the summer program about any attendee being enrolled in the prison-industrial complex. This program has easily out-dueled the performance of the Fresh Air Fund or any programs sponsored by the YMCA or the YWCA.
This exclusive summer program invites you and the “First Family” to join it on October 7, 2012 for a “Nile on the Potomac” tour of Washington, DC and a tour of the Civil War Museum in Washington, DC. Our contributions should be made known to the entire nation. Before there is a political campaign for “Obama 2012”, Blacks, including yourself, could benefit from a public relations campaign.
Race Matters is more than the title of a book. Our story needs to be told. It will increase your popularity throughout the nation and it will take Blacks out of the closet of the Democratic Party. Before a criminal defense attorney can secure an acquittal in a criminal case, he or she must “humanize” the defendant. Image is important.