WASHINGTON: Pushing the Equality Act, an amendment to the very important 1964 Civil Rights Act, Sheila Jackson-Lee, and Black congresspeople are liable to engage the rage of their Black constituency. By giving LGBQT, or any other protected group, the same rights under the original act, means diluting it’s importance to Black Americans and history.
Politics in Pop
In 1972 the King of Soul and Soul Brother #1, James Brown wrote and recorded funk protest anthem “Talking Loud and Sayin’ and Nothing” to voice his disgust with, “politicians who were running their mouths, but had no knowledge…who were telling the people one thing while manipulating their emotions for personal gain”.
Then in 1975 the BeeGees “Jive Talkin,” topped the U.S. Billboard Magazine charts. It was an epochal comeback hit for the Australian rock band that failed to climb the charts for nearly five years.
These classic oldies best summarize the crass hypocrisy of Democratic Congressional Black Caucus members. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) dresses herself up as a reincarnated Harriet Tubman; however, she is just a female version of the lowest type of race hustler.
Jackson feigns being for the people, like all the other sorry kumbayah Caucus minstrels, when, in reality, it’s all about what Sheila can get for herself.
However, to keep her three-card-Monte game alive, Jackson-Lee does a race-baiting soft shoe dance to virtue-signal to Blacks folks who have not figured out she’s a narcissistic careerist.
Jackson-Lee is first elected to Congress in 1995
In more than two decades, the congresswoman has a legislative record that is as boring as her false plait. Her recent promise to reintroduce disgraced former Congressman John Conyer’s H.R. 40 (aka Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act) is laughable.
Jackson-Lee’s promise to get H.R. 40 back in Congress is a phony, self-serving ploy to gain national recognition among Black voters. Because Jackson-Lee craves to have a Presidential cabinet position in 2020. Therefore she is preemptively giving herself race woman insurance policy to deflect from the hell storm of anger among African Americans.
The 116th Congress
The 116th Congress has started with the victorious Democrats who have retaken the House of Representatives acting out by promoting radical policies that the public neither needs nor wants and making empty promises.
In the case of the Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee, she’s dusted off #Metoo-takedown-sex-scandal-king, former Congressman John Conyer’s, Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act H.R. 40. This act was initially introduced in 1989, being unsuccessfully introduced an additional 14 times.
It is of no surprise that Jackson-Lee would revere Conyers, a career politician who served 26 terms in Congress enriching himself. However, Conyers, whose tenure in office parallels his district in Detroit. Detroit which was once America’s prosperous industrial urban hub. Detroit which deteriorated into a ruin resembling Hirohito’s post-war Tokyo after general Curtis LeMay’s planes bombed it.
In that same vein, Jackson-Lee emulates Conyers’ liberal race-card-playing political theatrics that does nothing for constituents in her congressional district.
Democrat fails in Congress
Jackson-Lee and her colleagues Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) all suffer from media-attention deficit disorder (MADD) as they engage in headlines harlotry similar to their ailing friend Jesse Jackson.
Meanwhile, Jackson-Lee et. al. are ignoring the traumatized and suffering Houstonian victims of Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath and incessant and gross police brutality. The victims of inferior medical services and illegal alien criminality.
Victims of shameful environmental injustice can count on nothing from Jackson-Lee or her Texas Democratic delegation colleague Al Green.
Remember, now Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent $875,000 in settlement money to cover his sexual abuse case of his ex-staffer Lucinda Daniels.
In reality, as long as folks like Al Green and Sheila Jackson-Lee keep Nancy Pelosi happy trying to get President Trump impeached, they have safe seats.
Nonetheless, serving their constituents is not now, nor has it ever been, a priority.
Broken Promises to Black America
In 2018 Maxine Waters promised African American activists in the National Coalition of Blacks – N’COBRA that Democrats once in control of the House will support reparations, which never happened the last 14 times it was introduced. Jackson-Lee’s empty promise regarding the Equality Act is a boondoggle because, after thirty years of H.R. 40 being in existence, this proposal should have grown legs and mass support.
Unfortunately, legs it does not have, and most Blacks have never heard the reparations act.
It is interesting to note that Japanese Americans and Jewish Americans have long since received reparations. Despite that their suffering was far less than the hundreds of years Blacks suffered under Slavery and Jim Crow.
The Demand for Black Reparations
The Demand for Black Reparations is an empty and cowardly gesture on the part of Jackson-Lee, Waters, Lee, and Conyers. There is no Black in the House or Senate with the nerve or negotiation skills of the late Hon. Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (D-NY 1945-1971). Powell was a Black activist during his 12 terms in the House of Representatives. Powell fought for the advancement of African–American rights, fair employment practices and bans on poll taxes and lynchings.
Not one of the aforementioned present-day Congresspeople has the fortitude of Powell.
Instead, Sheila Jackson-Lee and all her Black female Congressional Colleagues are serfs. They ower their souls to groups like Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, and Hillary Clinton feminists. They are the property of special interests and corporations that give her campaign cash.
The Equality Act will amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Jury Selection and Services Act, and several laws regarding employment with the federal government to include LGBQT individuals. An act that may very well push the Black Community further down the totem pole.
Sheila Jackson-Lee: A dismal congressional record
Jackson-Lee has never gotten any significant legislation of her own ratified. She has a well-earned reputation as being an off-putting “angry Black woman.” Thus, Jackson-Lee’s established record for mediocrity renders her claim to be able to get any traction on a reparations effort no more than a confabulation on steroids.
A rage will ignite when Blacks discover that Jackson supports the erasure of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Fair Housing Act of 1968 in favor of the Equality Act. However, Democrats did not wholly celebrate the Civil Rights. (Fact Check: ‘More Republicans Voted for the Civil Rights Act as a Percentage Than Democrats Did’ )
Black Americans need to be aware that the 1964 Civil Rights Act is a critically important legislative firewall that protects African Americans from Jim Crow era discrimination.
Jackson-Lee, a Yale Law school graduate, and former judge, is not a fool.
Therefore, she’s backing reparations to win friends and influence people that otherwise may want to vote her out of office. Additionally, as most of her Congressional Black Caucus – CBC colleagues know, Jackson-Lee can sense the encroaching obsolescence of their caucus to Millennials who are not enthusiastic about voting or anyone over thirty.
When one considers the necessary statesmanship that securing the introduction and passage of H.R. 40 would require in a very conservative and polarized Congress. Considering that many African Americans are divided on the issue of reparations, it becomes crystal clear that this initiative is going nowhere with a fool at the wheel of this ship.