Corruption, collusion or a conspiracy against us all?

Amsterdam News editor-in-chief Elinor Tatum questions whether a fear of people of color has triggered those in power to sweep Blacks out of political positions, “from the president on down.”

The entire Tea Party movement seems to have been a reaction to the presence of a Black man–a fairly progressive Black man–in the White House. The vitriolic reaction of Tea Party leadership and their minions has already become the stuff of legend.

She contends that when conservatives and the media weren’t going after Reps. Charles Rangel (D – NY) and Maxine Waters (D – CA), they launched attacks against other Black politicians, including former Governor David Paterson and Representative Gregory Meeks (D – SW Queens) and NY State Senator Malcolm Smith, as detailed in the Amsterdam News [subscription required].

Now the question must be asked: Why are all these Black politicians under indictment, on trial or being investigated? Is it simply because of wrongdoing in our community or should we be looking at the possibility that there are organized forces out there dead set on reducing, if not eliminating, any real concentration of Black political power?

Our people are not without fault, Tatum writes. However,

It also appears that there is a high degree of consistent viciousness and maliciousness when our leaders are targeted or attacked. This is undeniable and ridiculous.

In this day and age, with the amount of information that is available and the ability to find out almost everything about anyone (look at the News of the World), why is it that most of the investigations are of people of color?

With a bull’s-eye on the back of every Black person in power in the US, she adds,

This racism is pervasive and it continues to grow. I am not casting about, questioning simple guilt or innocence; I am just asking the question. Why now, as we try to make real political progress?

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