Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Something needs to change, the need for a more diverse congress

When President Obama gave his State of the Union Address to congress I looked throughout congress and what did I see but 100's of white guys sitting everywhere.  Now of course there were a few people who looked like me but not so much.  So I asked where are the black folks, people of color, well for the most part they were sitting at home, some unemployed and some without medical insurance living in fear that some of those white guys in congress would repeal a black man's, oh yea, a white guys idea or in prison for getting angry at the elementary school teacher.  Is this right, hmm.

And this post emerges out of this interesting experience.  It is also a call for black folks, folks of color to get up and change the color of congress.  Congress should have more color, yes, more vibrant colors.  But when I look all I see is a sea of white with a few dark patches to give it "diversity". You know like a white kid with suntan lotion.  This is a problem sense I have some doubt that the experiences of some of those white guys actually reflect the experiences of people like me or any other black person or person of color.  We need people in congress who actually reflect the changing demographics of the United States of America. 

We don't, we really don't and this is the problem.  The needs of the country don't rest with people like me and you but with people who look like the fortune 500.  While this is not a blanket statement it sure is a reality present in the U.S. Capitol.  White guys and a few "others" make decisions for us and we, as obedient slaves to the white voice, adhere and obey.  This may be simplistic but you know I am sick and tired of seeing so many white faces in congress when the demographics are changing fast.  You know, one day we are going to wake up and find that the majority of the country are black and of color and congress, then what.  We need to prepare now to have a party that actually reflects realities of color.

So I ask black, brown, and/or any other color or identity to raise up and run for office, vote, claim the future.  Don't wait until the last minute.

I do realize that this might be somewhat harsh, yet, hell, if you see something that needs to change call it out.  Hey I am a beautiful black transgender woman and queer so somebody in that crowd needs to look like me.  I heard it said that if you are not at the table then you're on the menu and this is not good. 

Thanks for reading my rant I just got sick and tired of certain white folks making decisions for the rest of us.,