Joe Biden’s agriculture appointment is a slap in the face to Black voters

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      alcina
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      Whether Joe Biden has a successful presidency depends on the upcoming Georgia Senate runoffs more than any other factor. If Democrats sweep both seats, the party will just barely control the Senate, and will theoretically be able to pass at least some laws (especially if they abolish the filibuster and make D.C. and Puerto Rico new states). If they lose just one, Mitch McConnell will surely bottle up just about all legislation, and may not even allow Biden to staff his administration.

      But Biden is already betraying his most loyal group of supporters, namely African-Americans, and harming Democrats’ chances in the runoff in the process. Top Black Democrats had been pushing for a qualified, progressive Black woman to lead the Department of Agriculture (USDA), but Biden passed her over for a white man whose most notable prior accomplishment was giving in to a racist smear campaign directed at another Black woman. Now Biden is preemptively blaming Black activists in case that decision contributes to his party to whiffing the Georgia runoffs.
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      But the most offensive part of this is Vilsack’s history with Shirley Sherrod, a former Georgia USDA employee who was the victim of a racist smear campaign back in 2010, as she told me for an article I wrote several years ago. The story centered around a speech that Sherrod had given at an NAACP event. There she described how the experience of growing up under brutal Jim Crow racism — her father and cousin were murdered by white men who got off scot-free — led her to organize to help Black people exclusively in her early career. Thus when a white farmer, Roger Spooner, came to her organization in 1985 seeking aid, she initially steered him to a white lawyer. [Comment: She did in fact help him.]
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      But Andrew Breitbart — the conservative propagandist who even then was infamous for racist duplicity — published a misleading edit of the video of the event, making it seem like she was refusing to help the farmer because he was white. Vilsack, in an entirely typical display of Democratic backbone, soiled his pants from gusset to knee, and his deputies forced Sherrod to pull over by the side of the road and type out her resignation on her phone — before USDA brass had even heard her side of the story. (After the truth came out, Vilsack apologized and offered her a new job, which she understandably declined.)

      I sent this article to my blue MAGA sister, and all she said was, “Why should I care about this? I just wanted Trump gone and now he is. So I’m happy.” This same sister just sent me a photo of some of the kids in her bilingual elementary class, where she’s been substituting since the semester began because so many teachers refuse to come in and she’s one of only a few bilingual subs. They’re working outside, where the morning temp hovers around 45F, and many of the kids — mostly migrant children — don’t have jackets or gloves (not to mention lunch), so the school gave them blankets. But yeah, the bad man lost so we can pretend everything is fine now. Fuck.

      https://theweek.com/articles/954437/joe-bidens-agriculture-appointment-slap-face-black-voters?

      "The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them." -Julius Nyerere, First President of Tanzania

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      HassleCat
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      Marcia Fudge wanted Ag and she campaigned for it with naked ambition. I didn’t think that was appropriate, but appointing Vilsack was less appropriate. About half of the Ag budget is SNAP and nutritional assistance programs. Half! I was surprised to learn that. No wonder Sec of Ag is considered a big prize by black people. Considering how black voters won the election for Biden, he definitely should have appointed Fudge, instead of giving her HUD, which is considered the token gag gift for black visibility. I mean, Ben Carson? C’mon, man!

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      djean111
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      Sure is shaping up that way, to the dismay of some and to the surprise of what should be no one.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

      "black flag" is an inadvertent mash-up of black ops and false flag. . I think it is accurate, and I will keep it. Thanks to those who pointed it out!

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        alcina
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        @djean111

        No one should be surprised by this. Biden was very clear that he was going to reprise the Obama years. And with the dementia, it makes complete sense that he would cleave to the familiar past, though I imagine there are more than a few psychopaths buzzing around him telling him how brilliant he is when he blithely follows their leads.

        "The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them." -Julius Nyerere, First President of Tanzania

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      alcina
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      @hasslecat

      If you wouldn’t mind, could you explain why her self-promotion is inappropriate?

      I’ve read similar comments here and many, many other places — that Marcia Fudge was brazen in her quest for this position, unapologetically boasting of her credentials and openly lobbying for the job. From what I’ve seen throughout the years, that doesn’t seem all that unusual. What might be a little out of the ordinary is that she is, in fact, highly qualified. More so, I believe, than many of the club members who feel entitled to their positions regardless of qualifications. Should she demur and pretend she’s not? I’ve assumed she made her ambitions public because she — rightly, IMO — sensed the ruling class would just ignore her if she approached this privately. By being vocal and persistent, perhaps she felt she would garner the support of all us little people, thus putting pressure on Biden et al. Of course, as we all know, there’s no pressure on them because they have the biggest mandate EVER and thus no need to do anything to help all the little suckers who deluded themselves into believing the dems would actually care about anyone other than their big-money donors.

      And while I’m sure this isn’t at all your position, I can’t help but sense a bit of the “uppity negro” sentiment coming through some of the commentaries I’ve read in the MSM about Ms Fudge. Certainly Biden’s own responses to challenges from the AA community reek of that. So no surprise that he would do little more than provide token positions for POC who might openly challenge him and his comfy status quo agenda. Sadly, many people seem to think they’re part of the club when in fact they’re only there to clear the dirty dishes from the head table.

      "The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them." -Julius Nyerere, First President of Tanzania

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      HassleCat
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      Biden should have appointed Marcia Fudge. She would be a better Sec of Ag, and Vilsack is a person not admired by black voters. There are dire warnings that the Vilsack pick will cost Democrats the Georgia Senate seats. Biden is one determined centrist, I might go so far as to say stubborn centrist.

      In Trying for a Diverse Administration, Biden Finds One Group’s Gain is Another’s Loss (msn.com)

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