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At RNC event, speaker says African Americans have taken a back seat to gays, immigrants

Posted by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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At RNC event, speaker says African Americans have taken a back seat to gays, immigrants

The Republican National Committee commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March of Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a luncheon Monday.

The most rousing speech of the luncheon came from Bob Woodson, the head of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprises. Woodson criticized black leaders over Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teen who was shot to death by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted in Martin’s death. Woodson, who is black, said groups including gays and immigrants have been prioritized over poor black people in American society.

“Everybody has come in front of them on the bus — gays, immigrants, women, environmentalists,” Woodson said. “You never hear any talk about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general.”

Woodson also criticized the “moral traitors” who mourned the death of Martin but notChris Lane, the Australian baseball player who prosecutors allege was shot to death in Oklahoma by three boys, two whom are black.

Conservatives have strongly criticized black leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jacksonfor treating the cases of Martin and Hale differently.

Woodson said King would mourn for both equally.

“If Dr. King were alive today, he would not be just talking about justice for Trayvon Martin,” Woodson said. ”He would also give a prayer for this 18-year-old man, this little baby, who was shot in the face by two black kids.


“We should pray for the families of these people just as we do the family of Trayvon Martin. We should not wait for a white face before we get outraged. Evil is evil, whether it wears a white face or not.”

Recognizing that strong reaction to his words, Woodson didn’t back down.

“I’m sorry to be the skunk at the garden party, but I think if Dr. King were alive today, he would step on some of these sacred issues,” Woodson said.

At the end of his remarks, Woodson was greeted with a standing ovation.

Other speakers at the event include King’s niece, Alveda King, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/08/26/at-rnc-event-speaker-says-african-americans-have-taken-a-back-seat-to-gays-immigrants/

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IandLoveandYou
by Penny Lane on Aug. 27, 2013 at 11:57 PM
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“Everybody has come in front of them on the bus — gays, immigrants, women, environmentalists,” Woodson said. “You never hear any talk about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general.”


Really?

First of all the bus analogy...lol ..nice touch.

So because he feels he has to share his equality spotlight with women, homosexuals and immigrants his civil rights are no longer important enough? Or a hot enough topic? aw ...wah.

And..environmentalists? What?

And the second part.... Is 100% not true. We are absolutely talking about conditions facing the poor as well as African Americans and other minorities, and doing things to improve those conditions so that we all have equal opportunties to succeed. Have been for awhile...still are.



I also hate when people presume what our founding fathers, what our civil rights heroes, what jesus and Santa would be saying or doing RIGHT NOW if they were here.

Bah.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Totally right on. 

When I first thought about it, I thought, "What?"

Everyone should be treated equally. Equal protection under the law. Thanks for sharing.

JanuaryBaby06
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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Quoting IandLoveandYou:

“Everybody has come in front of them on the bus — gays, immigrants, women, environmentalists,” Woodson said. “You never hear any talk about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general.”


Really?

First of all the bus analogy...lol ..nice touch.

So because he feels he has to share his equality spotlight with women, homosexuals and immigrants his civil rights are no longer important enough? Or a hot enough topic? aw ...wah.

And..environmentalists? What?

And the second part.... Is 100% not true. We are absolutely talking about conditions facing the poor as well as African Americans and other minorities, and doing things to improve those conditions so that we all have equal opportunties to succeed. Have been for awhile...still are.



I also hate when people presume what our founding fathers, what our civil rights heroes, what jesus and Santa would be saying or doing RIGHT NOW if they were here.

Bah.


i agree 110%
KenneMaw
by Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

We live near Atlanta, which is has the 3rd largest gay community in the US and the city of Atlanta is 90% African American.   Oh my heavens, all the news stories are about the conditions confronting blacks.  This may not be the #1 story in the  prodominantly white rural Kentucky, but it is elsewhere.   EVERYONE deserves equal opportunity and rights - the black community doesn't get first dibs.   What if you are gay black woman - do you civil rights trump everyones???

I do agree that MKL would be upset that so little progress has been made for all cultures and colors and peoples.   So many sacrificed so much in the 60's and the somewhere did peopel just get lazy or think the hard work was finished?   I don't know the answer to that.

sarahjz
by Bronze Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I wish nobody had to take a backseat, and that we (as a society) actually treated all people equally.  

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