Open Letter to Donald Trump from a College Educated White woman re: your relationship with African-Americans.

Mr. Trump,

I could address various subjects, however I would like to focus on your relationship with African-Americans.

Caucasian to Caucasian.

First a suggestion… While it has been noted you recently switched from calling people “the Blacks” to “the African-Americans”, I feel you should drop the word “the.” It really sounds like you are speaking of objects, or even aliens…certainly not people like you or me.

Secondly, I recognize that you are playing to your nearly all White supporters. I get that it makes them feel good to see you appearing to care about African-Americans so you can’t be called a racist and therefore they don’t have to be charged with supporting a racist. From a strategy point, I understand why you recently started “caring” about the Black Community in spite of knowing you will not receive 1% of their votes …based on your history of housing discrimination, the language you use to describe some minorities, and your reluctance to distance yourself from White Nationalists. (Among other things)

I get that even “caring” about African-Americans in the way you do – continually professing your sadness over their hellish conditions – is meant to make your supporters feel good about themselves and confirm their belief they are at least one notch up from Blacks in their condition and status.

While I understand your strategy, I wholly condemn it. I cringe along with every Black person I know each time you outline the hellish conditions you and your supporters want to believe they all live in. So, for you and your supporters I would like to tell you about my experience with African-Americans – many of whom are like family.

The African-Americans I am friends with do not live in hell and certainly disagree with you that this is the worst time to be Black in America. For instance, they would say it was likely worse when our constitution considered people like them to be only 3/5ths of a human being. By stating this is the worst time in history for African-Americans is insulting to all intelligent Americans who know, acknowledge and respect the weight of our history. It is downright stupid and unbelievably insensitive to the Black community as it is a sign you have no regard for what they and their ancestors have experienced in this country.

As for African-Americans having nothing to lose by voting for you…

The friends and acquaintances of mine who are African-American would disagree that their lives are so miserable, they might as well give you a shot! They are all college educated – many having more education than your average supporter. They are all good family men and family women raising amazing children. They represent a multitude of religions and beliefs. They travel the world and continually learn and grow. They are successfully employed with titles like: Doctor, Sales Manager, Lawyer, Small Business Owner, Teacher, Controller, Auto Dealer, Public Relations Professional, College Football Coach, TV Personality, Political Consultant, Entrepreneur, Pastor, Soldier, Police Officer… I could go on! They are some of the spokes of the wheels that move America forward – just as I am.

My male friends who are African-American – some of whom were once athletes and actually spent time in locker rooms – would never talk of sexually harassing women, much less do it! They also aren’t on 3 marriages with children from all these different women.

My African-American friends are not living in the mystical inner city hell holes you like to depict. Some of them are certainly living in city centers in amazing lofts. Some are in suburbs all over the country. Some are living in the south in safe all Black neighborhoods full of manicured lawns and beautiful homes, the likes of which many of your supporters couldn’t imagine based on the way you describe neighborhoods “the Blacks” live in.

So, please spare us with your fake concern for African-Americans and your insulting commentary. If you want to address concerns the Black Community has, start with criminal justice reform and racial profiling – things that affect African-Americans of all ages and walks of life. Stop talking nonsense about imposing something unconstitutional like “Stop and Frisk.” Stop using the Black community to spread stereotypes and falsehoods. Recognize that while there are some poor Black people in America, they are simply human beings and no different than poor White people in the Appalachian Mountains or elsewhere, with the exception of the color of their skin and the biases they face because of that difference. Yes, there are Black Americans living in terrible situations in literal war zones created by failed government policies having nothing to do with safety net programs. But, don’t you dare continue to imply that this is the standard and millions of African-Americans aren’t better off.

As a White woman who actually has deep, meaningful relationships with people of other races I am speaking up because it is beyond embarrassing to watch you – a White man – parade around with such nonsense. It is infuriating to watch your majority White supporters eat it up. It is terrifying to see you empower White Nationalists who hate my African-American friends, my Jewish Friends, my Asian and Middle Eastern friends….and me for embracing them all.

You will not make America Great Again for people like you, because too many of us are too educated and motivated to ever allow this country to go back to the days where your antics were the norm.

I know you will fight until the bitter end and then some. Just know I am not alone in my thinking. There is an army of College Educated White women fighting with me and we will do what we can to stand up against you and for the rights and respect of all Americans.

I will only sign this as anonymous because in the unlikely event this reaches you or your supporters, I do not wish to be subjected to the barrage of hate mail and misogyny I have seen against others who have spoken up against you.

Good day, Mr. Trump
This article was prepared and submitted by an author who wishes to remain anonymous in their personal capacity. The opinions expressed are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Cognitive Relevance.

Elegant and Sophisticated: Not This Tea Party

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Speaker John Boehner stepping down means the drama is heating up.

It started a few years ago when the Tea Party Republicans came to Washington.  Back then, actor, singer-songwriter and social activist Harry Belafonte said at the Congressional Black Caucus annual dinner, “Don’t worry about the Tea Party. You know what happens when you put a tea bag in water? (He paused)  It sinks!”

That’s exactly what happened with my party, The Republicans, it’s sunk.

The dysfunction in Washington has disgruntled voters in the party believing three political candidates Trump, Carson or Fiorina with no political experience can fix Washington!

Boehner’s resignation and the drama in DC is going to boil over and show Americans willing to watch, how bad the Tea Party is for America.

That’s what this resignation is about. Boehner wasn’t the problem, he was managing it.

The Tea Party are made up of Americans afraid of change and equal access for all Americans to have Healthcare, immigration reform, programs that help young people forge ahead in education, and women the right to choose what they can or cannot do with their bodies.

Tea Partiers this just in! America isn’t just for you.

Boehner tried to avoid shutting down the government and save you. Why? It isn’t a viable option for the country or the Party!

Tea Party extremists don’t know what Republican stands for. Nor are you what the founding fathers and those who fought for a representative form of government intended when creating Congress.

Republican used to represent the idea “preserving the Republic.” The Tea Party is destroying the Republic with its inflammatory tone, representating “I” not “We”.

Look at history and Abraham Lincoln for an example of a Republican who saved the Union.

Tea Party consider when you want to defund programs that protect women, or not paying employees during a government shutdown that your idea of taking back is grounded in fear. Fear that hit you in the face, when you lost the 2008 and 2012 presidential election that.  Your fear is that America is no longer just for you. And you’re right.

But that’s been the case a long time. The CHANGE was that millions of other Americans finally realized that America was also for them.  America changed long before that election.  It took a bit longer for all to recognize the power of doing it together. That all of us make America wealthier and stronger. This is a lesson now for you to learn.  Without all of us, America is far less wealthier America and not nearly as strong.

Take into consideration three American groups and their spending power, groups you often target.

First, according to Nielson, women contribute between $5 and $15 trillion a year.  In the next decade that is expected to grow to being two thirds of the consumer wealth in America!

Second and third Black/African Americans contribute 1.4 trillion and and Hispanic/Latino $1.6 trillion.

Together that’s $8-18 trillion annually that goes into the U.S. Economy!  Where would itbe without those you attack?  Think the recession last decade was bad? Imagine it without these Americans!

Tea Partiers if you want to defund something, defund oil, not healthcare or organizations targeting and helping women.

If you end oil company subsidies, you would save $16.4 billion a year.  In fact, it would be a smart divestment if you consider, last year in the second quarter, Exxon Mobil had $111.6 billion in revenue and $8.8 billion in profit. For one quarter! That’s half of what all US oil the companies get in subsidies!

On the other hand, Planned Parenthood received $528.4 million last year combined in federal, state and local dollars. It received another $303 million in outside government dollars. $254 million in private donations. And $54 million in other fees and services. The clincher is that because of federal law enacted in 1976, no federal dollars can be used for abortions which is what Congressional members say they’re aiming for to defund the organization! Private donor and foundation dollars do that.

Abortions account for only 3 percent of what the organization does or makes in dollars!  Did you know that?  Surely you didn’t if you want to take more than 50 percent of the organization’s to make a point!

Stop holding Americans hostage and threatening to shutdown the government!

Instead of taking America back and attacking organizations like Planned Parenthood, be the best example for the Nation and move us FORWARD together.

Be the faction of the Republican Party that increases the minimum wage so that more money goes into the U.S. Economy.  And we have stronger families because parents instead of working two, three and four jobs can spend quality time with their children.

Be the party that guarantees equal pay for equal work for women and all Americans!

Be the Party that protects all Americans and make our streets safer by creating policies that end unlawful killings of Americans by police officers.

Be the Party that instead of creating dysfunction, creates opportunities for all.

If the Tea Party does these things and invests in our greatest commodity Americans, instead of divesting and cutting, in twenty years our economy will be stronger for it.  And so will the Party!

If it invests in educational opportunities, it can in one generation lower crime.

Stop wasting time attacking the Affordable Care Act and find ways to invest in a healthier workforce so that we are the healthiest in the World.

More importantly, stay out of the life choices of women.  Stop “being the problem and become the leaders of implementing solutions!”  In other words stop sinking the Party and the country!

Let’s let the Tea Party go back to those who are elegant and sophisticated!

Atiba Madyun is President of The Madyun Group (TMG), a Public Affairs firm in Washington, DC and creator of Cognitive Relevance (CR) and Party Politics (PP). Follow him on Twitter @atibamadyun or Like Atiba Madyun on Facebook.

Is This About Race? Black Leaders Call for Lynch to Be Appointed

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Why are Republicans in the US Senate holding up the appointment of nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch?  If confirmed, she will become the first African American woman to hold the position of Attorney General and first to hold a cabinet level position in the Obama Administration.

What makes Lynch’s confirmation interesting is that she’s had a stellar career.  Yet her confirmation has been held up longer than any Attorney General in 30 years.   A glaring and stark comparison to her appointment, is that of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter who was nominated on December 5, 2014 and approved unanimously February 1, 2015.

Observers question, is this is about race?  Lynch was nominated by President Barack Obama on November 8, 2014 and confirmed out of committee, 12-8 on February 26, 2015.   Yet, she waits for the full Senate body to confirm her appointment.

The confirmation has gone from a “process of confirmation to a trial by ordeal that has moved from ridiculous to absurd,” Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said yesterday on an hour long press call about Lynch in which he was joined by Congressional members, the head of a civil rights legal defense group and sorority president.

It is difficult to argue the absurdity of the confirmation considering that Carter who is White was nominated after Lynch and confirmed as she waits for appointment.  Adding to the drama is that nothing in the confirmation hearing questioned or challenged her qualifications or her character.

“The CBC is disturbed that this confirmation has taken four months…..the votes are there today to have her confirmed.  If she was put forward for confirmation today, she would be confirmed by tonight,” Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC) said.

So, is this about race or something else?  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says her confirmation vote will occur after the Senate votes on a human trafficking bill.  While Senators Jeff Sessions (AL), John Cornyn (TX) and Ted Cruz (TX) have said the President’s action on immigration and Lynch’s defense of his actions are why they oppose her appointment.  Either way, her confirmation hearing has now come and gone.  While Secretary Carter has been nominated and confirmed during a shorter timeframe.

“Rather than focus on race, we should ask, what are women and African Americans perceiving when they watch this?  For those who watched a woman who is an African American woman control the room during her confirmation hearing, also saw her move even the opposition party with her story.  When women all over the country see a woman, move toward getting this job and then see it held up despite her qualifications, what does that say to women?”  Sherilynn Ifel, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund stated.

Loretta Elizabeth Lynch, born in Greensboro North Carolina is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  She has been confirmed for the position twice by the Senate, holding the position now twice, first from 1999-2001 and now since 2010.   With leaders around the country calling for the Senate to vote up or down for her appointment, despite her stellar record, there is speculation two Senators from Lynch’s home state may vote against her confirmation.  One saying before the process began, he would not vote for her.

When the vote happens, some on the call said, it could be one of the closest ever for Attorney General.  Some analysts speculate, that Vice President Joe Biden may provide the deciding vote.

Potential Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton weighed in this week on Twitter, “Congressional trifecta against women today, 1)Blocking a great nominee, 1st African American woman AG, for longer than any other AG in 30 years 2) Playing politics with trafficking victims 3) Threatening women’s health and rights.”

Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., for which Lynch is a member said, “Call upon the Senate to confirm.  The Senate needs to do what it is elected to do and confirm Loretta Lynch.  She has committed her life to make the lives of all Americans better.”

If this is about race or even opposition to the President, the Senate’s disparity in confirming the two nominees, may show that control of the Senate is harder than it was in the minority.  The Republican Senate appears more fractured than what we see on the surface.

Is McConnell holding up the nomination because he is having the same issues Congressman John Boehner experienced with Tea Party members in the House of Representatives?  Either way, holding up the nomination of Lynch, a qualified candidate, may further distance and hurt GOP relations not only with important voting communities of African Americans or Hispanics around immigration.  It may also distance itself with women.

Atiba  Atiba Madyun is the President of The Madyun Group (TMG), a Public Affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. and creator of Cognitive Relevance (CR) and Party Politics (PP). Follow @atibamadyun or like Atiba Madyun on Facebook.