OpEd: Know the truth first, then let emotions be last; are we sure James (Jim) Tate Hill is the right candidate for Fresno’s district 3 city council?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

We are in the era of change where it matters who sits in our local elected offices.  More and more people are beginning to realize how change is most conducive at the local level.  As residents living in these communities, where the information age is advanced through the use of technology, it becomes our duty to be more insightful of information on candidates, to make sure we are choosing the right person for the job, versus the skin color which seems to be a common bond–so some may believe.

On the contrary, blackness encompasses cultural identity versus a political identity, often forgotten, misrepresented or confused in communities who have pocket-concentrated areas of Black people.  Instead of doing the research to see who would best further the agenda for the black community, we assume it will be a “Black politician” who will have our best interest at heart, and fix the needs in the community.

William A. Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University.  In a The Atlantic article:  How Barack Obama Failed Black Americans, he said, “But Black America should have paid attention to the experience of post-colonial Black Africa and the Caribbean; leaders who look like you do not necessarily act in ways that benefit you. So be it.”

As an example, Darity explained throughout the article that the one major initiative that the President Obama administration inaugurated that was Black-specific, “My Brother’s Keeper,” was a program premised on the view that young Black men constitute a social problem and need interventions that will alter their outlook and actions.

“The focus is on reforming young men rather than directly increasing the resources possessed by them and their families and removing the constraints they face. Again, the underlying ideological motivation is the belief in black cultural deficiency, and, again, this type of initiative is another expression of failure to pursue bold policies that confront the fundamental causes of racial disparity in American society.

Read the full article here.