Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A letter to Bobby Rush

Dear Bobby,

First let me begin this by saying I am a long time admirer of yours. You have done so much good work for the people of Illinois especially the African Americans. You helped pioneer the Free Medical Clinic which developed the first mass sickle cell testing program. You helped start the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers. He was even a member of SNCC, the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee during the late 60s. Basically you have devoted your adult life to the advancement of African Americans.

But this time, you're wrong.

Your shameless playing of the race card in the nomination of Roland Burris for Barack Obama's senate seat is just flat out disappointing. This is not about Roland Burris' race. This is about the man who appointed Roland Burris. There is no way that any person who has been accused of attempting to sell the senate seat that Mr. Burris has been appointed to should have the right to make that appointment. No one is questioning the credentials of Burris, their questioning the moral authority of the "honorable" Gov. Blagoevich.

Do I agree that we need African Americans in the senate? Yes. Do I think they need to be appointed or elected with the full faith of the people? Yes. In this case anyone Blago appointed was doomed to be seen as tainted. And that's not a black and white issue, that just is what it is.

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