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Obama's Race Czar

By Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:47 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Now that a grand jury has failed to indict a New York City police officer in the Eric Garner choke hold case, can we expect New York City Mayor De Blasio to anoint the Rev. Al Sharpton as his race relations czar as President Obama has at the national level? Why ask?

Some would argue that Sharpton has become President Obama’s new Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Even before grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York, Reverend Sharpton was seated at the right hand of the president — his race relations guru and anointed race czar.

While the Ebola czar is hardly seen, Obama’s race czar is everywhere. He reportedly has visited the White House more than 80 times — more than most of the president’s cabinet.

Remember back in 2008, when Obama moved heaven and earth to distance himself from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his spiritual mentor for nearly two decades?

Wright’s inflammatory language caused Obama to politely throw him under the bus for fear the association would turn off whites and damage his chances for election. He also took care not to have any visible contacts or associations with either fellow Chicagoan the Reverend Jesse Jackson or Reverend Al Sharpton and avoided racial issues like the plague.

What a difference two elections make. After having twice pulled the post-racial wool over the eyes of white voters and not having to face voters again, he can afford to show his true affinities which, in many ways, may be closer to Wright’s that he dared to admit.

Sharpton’s footprints are all over Attorney General Holder’s continuing race card politics and exploitation of racial issues for political gain in response to the Ferguson and New York verdicts.

That’s probably why we probably won’t see any support from Holder and the Justice Department to encourage local authorities to prosecute looters and arsonists as well as those who committed perjury before the grand jury in Ferguson. Sharpton probably wouldn’t stand for it.

That said, what about demanding accountability from those in the power structure whose actions laid the ground work for the violence and loss of property in Ferguson after the grand jury decision — District Attorney Robert McCulloch and Governor Jay Nixon — Democrats both.

While the focus of criticism by protesters and Sharpton are directed at the Ferguson police Department and the grand jury, few — including Sharpton and Holder — have expressed outrage at the decision-making of the District Attorney for scheduling his announcement of the verdict after dark at 8 pm; or, the Governor for not deploying troops in advance of the verdict announcement to protect property and minimize violence.

The Miami Times editorialized, “McCulloch might as well have ended the press conference with, ‘Now go and riot.’ Everyone knows under the cloak of darkness people change. Had the prosecutor made the announcement in the daytime, business owners could have protected their property, agitators would be aware they could be captured on camera . . . the prosecutor created the perfect storm.”

Does anyone really think that the Obama-Holder-Sharpton Justice Department, which many believe prejudged Ferguson from the beginning, would now criticize the Democratic state attorney or the Democratic governor for their handling of the volatile situation?

No, it’s easier to join with Czar Sharpton and make all law enforcement and the grand jury the villains and all other participants in the Ferguson situation, including Michael Brown, innocent victims. That’s probably why Sharpton was prominently seated across from the President at the recent White House meeting of law enforcement and community leaders.

Two prominent black persons with a different perspective were not invited to the White House meeting: former NBA star Charles Barkley and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. Regarding Ferguson, Barkley recently said, "… if it wasn't for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West . . . We can't pick out certain incidents . . . and act like the cops are all bad . . . Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn't for the cops?"

Clarke called Holder’s remarks on the situation irresponsible and said he seems to be abandoning his duty to be impartial,“He claims he wants justice for all, but apparently he doesn’t want justice for police officers.”

Although the facts and circumstances in New York are different than in Ferguson, there does seem to be a common thread from Sharpton, Holder, Obama and De Blasio. The police can’t be trusted to treat blacks fairly and act from a racist perspective.

The question is will the Mayor be his own man and leader and be guided by local black elected officials and community leaders, or will he, like Holder and Obama, look to Czar Sharpton for direction? We shall see!

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.

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Some would argue that Sharpton has become President Obama’s new Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Even before grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York, Reverend Sharpton was seated at the right hand of the president — his race relations guru and anointed race czar.
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Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:47 PM
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