THE INTERESTS OF WHITE LIBERALS AND BLACKS ARE NOT THE SAME. MICHAEL BLOOMBERG MAY BE RIGHT FOR WHITE LIBERALS, NOT FOR BLACK AMERICANS.
Democrats should be wary of embracing candidates like Democrat turned Republican, turned Independent, now Democrat again Michael Bloomberg.
Sure there is an urgent desire to see the back of Donald Trump, that is a foregone conclusion. Nevertheless, the likes of Michael Bloomberg is certainly not what the country needs at this crucial time, and is most certainly not what the Africa-American community needs.
Black Democratic voters can ill afford to allow their disgust for Donald Trump to cloud their visions and allow for the critical mistake of nominating a candidate, the likes of Michael Bloomberg.
The very fact that Michael Bloomberg was a Democrat, then changed to Republican, then changed to Independent and has now supposedly changed back to being a Democrat is proof enough that he has no core conviction, but that he is an opportunistic leech who will latch onto anything from which he can derive a benefit.
After Barack Obama ascended to the Presidency, all and sundry on the Republican side thought they could also be president, (you know, if the black guy can become president, then it can’t be that hard right)?
Wrong.…. in my Trumpiest voice.
Well in a way they may have been right to some degree, we ended up with Donald Trump.
And now the shoe is on the other foot, now Democrats, Socialists, Turncoats, and every billionaire running believe that Trump is a goofball and a clown, so it can’t be too difficult to beat him.
As we have seen this cycle, many have lined up hoping to be the Democrat nominee, as Republicans and other nut-jobs did in 2016. As in 2016, so too will they all leaving one. Let us hope for the sake of sanity that the Democratic nominee will not be Michael Bloomberg.
The real perversion in my estimation is not the plurality of the candidates who have lined up seeking the Democratic nomination. It is the fact that billionaire Michael Bloomberg believes that he can enter the race at his choosing and just dump millions of dollars into advertising and voters will simply bow down and anoint him the savior of the Democratic party, and the heir apparent to succeed Donald Trump.
For the record, I have no problem with people of means using their money to seek office. Tom Steyer did not just decide that he had a right to the nomination at the last moment. His has been a protracted campaign, we can argue on the merits.
In an article, I wrote [in the link above] I talked about the affrontery of Bloomberg attending services at A R Bernard’s Christian Cultural Center(CCC), in Flatlands Brooklyn a few Sundays ago, and offering up a nauseatingly transparent mea culpa to Bernard’s congregation, but which was aimed at the wider black community.
Bloomberg’s continuation of the Rudolph Guiliani stop and frisk policy as Mayor of New York City, caused untold agony, pain, and suffering to black and brown New York city residents, as a result of NYPD abuse of that process.
Michael Bloomberg supported stop and frisk even after the NYPD had scaled back the policy on its own, and even after he was long out of office.
Now that Michael Bloomberg wants to be president he is all of a sudden sorry?
Bloomberg’s mea culpa on this issue, was one more iteration of his willingness to do and say anything as long as he can derive a benefit.
But my disgust was not solely for Bloomberg on that Sunday morning when he was allowed to take the stage at CCC, in fact, he was not the primary target of my ire. The idea that any leader of a church, large or small, much less one which boasts a congregation of forty thousand, would allow a Michael Bloomberg to deceive his flock, is a grave disservice not just to the congregation but ultimately to the body of Christ.
We are well aware that politicians will literally say anything to get elected. Nevertheless, African-American voters have to be highly cognizant of the fact that the past is prologue when they decide to cast their vote for a candidate.
I have a tremendous degree of mistrust for people who say they have evolved ‘on the issue of race for example’ I believe that every one of us was born with the ability to differentiate between wrong and right. We have that innate [built-in], which tells us whether or not the position we are taking on any given issue, is the correct one. Christians call it the Holy Spirit, others call it a conscience.
Michael Bloomberg was unmoved by the cries of hundreds of thousands of black and brown people who felt the full brunt of [racially targeted policing] on his watch.
His summary dismissal of the data, even after he left office, exposes a cynical billionaire technocrat who will do whatever serves his personal ends.
How does he differ from Donald Trump?
It is that cynical disregard for respect and the humanity of others which caused Michael Bloomberg to say the following about New Jersey junior US Senator who happens to be African-American.
“Cory Booker endorsed me a number of times, and I endorsed Cory Booker a number of times,” Bloomberg said. “He’s very well-spoken. He’s got some good ideas. It would be better the more diverse any group is, but the public is out there picking and choosing, and narrowing down this field.”
There is a very good argument to be made about Corey Booker as a legitimate African-American candidate for president. That he who would endorse Michael Bloomberg, or would partner with the bullying former Republican Governor of his state, (Chris Christie), on some issue, creates enough space to debate the pros and cons of his progressive bona fides, or whether they even existed before he decided to run for the Democratic nomination.
But that is a question for debate between centrists and progressive Democrats.
The fact that in 2019 a candidate for president would refer to an African-American, US Senator as, “very well-spoken”, much less a supremely educated US Senator, demonstrates that on the critical issues which affect black people, Michael Bloomberg is completely disinterested.
(Corey Booker attended Stanford University, where he received a BA in 1991 and then a master’s degree a year later. He studied abroad at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, before attending Yale Law School). [w]
Bloomberg grew up in Medford, Massachusetts and attended Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School. [w]
Michael Bloomberg is being touted at some levels on a daily basis, particularly by white liberals on public radio in the New England area as the best hope for Democrats.
What is good for white liberals in New England is not good for Black people suffering under the yoke of police oppression in America’s cities and towns.
Michael Bloomberg may have been good for white liberals in New York City, but just ask the average black and brown New Yorker, and they will tell you of a completely different reality.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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