The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 17, 2013

Back of the line again


DANVILLE — Editor:

According to columnist James Clingaman, blacks have moved to the back of the line again. The Obama administration obviously has made the Hispanic vote its top priority. Immigration reform is the top priority, not unemployment, not black economic opportunity, “not black anything,” according to Clingaman.

More than 90 percent of black voters supported the president, while just more than 70 percent of Hispanics did. So why do they get to move to the head of the line?

Clingaman quotes Ben Jealous, head of the NAACP, as saying on “Meet the Press” that black Americans “… are doing far worse” than when the president first took office.

Clingaman writes, “There is no reason or need for anyone to change the way they treat us if we continue to accept mistreatment from them.” That’s exactly right!

No one is going to do anything for us if we don’t ask them for it. The president takes our votes for granted, and we’ve done nothing to change his mind or the mind of any other politician who thinks he or she has the black vote locked up.

We should give our support to those politicians who have shown they are willing to work for us, who give us respect, who support the need for jobs and support investment in small businesses in our neighborhoods.

Sometimes if you take your wife for granted, she’ll let you know it in no uncertain terms. It’s time for us to do the same thing.

The struggle continues …

Eugene Thompson