Thursday, September 01, 2011

Representative Wilson, meet Mayor Nutter

I don't know how this clown got past my radar, as I had never heard of her until today. Florida Congresscritter Frederica Wilson appeared on MSNBC yesterday to explain the reasons that blacks in the United States are being affected by the Great Recession more than other ethnic groups. Her list was of the tired, unimaginative, cliched variety that included racism, of course. She also mentioned this digital divide that supposedly exists.

And then there is the hat. Apparently wearing a ridiculous hat everywhere she goes is this woman's schtick. She has even petitioned House Speaker John Boehner to drop the "No hats in the House Chamber" rule that has been in place since 1837. Wearing a hat like this while performing your official duties as a sitting member of the United States Congress is an absolute disgrace, and this woman should be ashamed of herself. I get the feeling however that shame is not something that is part of her personality profile. Enough of my written description of this clown; don't just read the transcript, roll the tape!
When you look at African American males, 40% of them are unemployed, those under 30 years of age. I understand exactly the entire nation must be involved in this recovery but the black community is experiencing a great recession. That's what we're experiencing... And all of the growth in the past 30 years, we see it slipping away. From home ownership, the middle class; it's slipping away from our hands. And it has a lot to do with many issues. Racism, shipping jobs overseas, access -- no access to technology. You know, the digital divide is there and many of the new jobs that's what it requires. So, we have a problem.
For good measure, this same Congresscritter referred to the Tea Party as "the real enemy" in a speech she gave yesterday. Frederica Wilson apparently decided to join the Civility Brigade with Maxine Waters.

As for Wilson's concern about why black Americans under the age of 30 are especially having trouble finding work, I refer her to the words spoken by the Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter (who is also black).

In his speech last week to a Philadelphia church congregation about the mobs of young blacks who are tearing that city apart, Mayor Nutter doesn't blame the problems that young blacks face finding a job on racism, shipping jobs overseas, or the digital divide. His reasons are a bit less esoteric:

I'll tell you one thing - if I was interviewing job candidates, and one walked in wearing a hat as ridiculous as that worn by Frederica Wilson, I would toss that application in the trash as soon as the person walked through my door.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

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