I was hoping never to see a day like this. The general conference of the African Methodist Episcopal churches, whose membership is largely black, just stooped to the level of the NAACP. The NAACP, in my opinion, is slow to take up initiatives to actually improve the standing of black Americans —- black-on-black crime, single or no parent families, high school drop out rates, to name a few —– and quick to loudly object to any act they view as victimizing or discriminating against blacks.
According to this article, the AME conference adopted a resolution condemning the “contempt of Congress” vote taken and passed against Attorney General Eric Holder last week for his refusal to fully cooperate with the committee investigating the Fast and Furious gun walking debacle.
The worst part to me is, they liken the contempt vote to the post Civil War treatment of blacks, and assert that the contempt charge is race based and aimed at Holder because he has led the charge as Justice Department has sued states that have enacted voter photo ID laws, which Holder, NAACP and AME claim suppresses minority voter turnout. This is a tired, worn argument that I don’t see as getting much traction these days, even in the liberal media.
Um, let’s see…..did the AME churches raise a peep when the New Black Panthers were caught on video intimidating voters at a poll in Philadelphia back in 2008? Did they object when Holder dropped charges against the NBP, one of the most egregious denials of justice in many years? Holder, of course, believes in his heart that racism is a one way street. Black-on-white offenses don’t count. NAACP, and now AME, apparently, agree.
AME’s adoption of the resolution happened to coincide with a speech that Michelle Obama gave to the general conference urging, among other things, that the AME churches get more involved in politics. I suppose that’d be okay, as long as strict guidelines are followed so that the churches’ 501(3)(c) tax status aren’t compromised. Anyone that would accuse one of these churches of crossing this line would be, well….a racist.