February 24, 2010, - 12:19 pm
Several years ago, I told readers, friends, and relatives about Artur Davis, Jr. He was a moderate-to-liberal Democrat running for Congress in Alabama against Earl Hilliard, a pan-jihadist, anti-Israel, openly anti-Semitic, far-left wacko Congressman. Davis ran for the seat in 2000, but Hilliard–armed with Arab Muslim contributions from all over America, including top CAIR officials and other prominent Muslims now in prison for their ties to terrorists–beat him in the Democratic Primary. Then, in 2002, Davis–armed with money from pro-Israel and centrist Americans, nationwide–challenged Hilliard and retook the Congressional seat in the safe Democratic district.
Congressman Artur Davis: “Not Black Enough” for Jesse Jackson
Davis is not your typical liberal. He’s an independent thinker and opposes ObamaCare, which he voted against. And, for that, he’s come under attack from Jesse Jackson, who claims that Davis is “not Black enough.” It’s disgusting. Race-mongers like Jackson constantly lecture us not to stereotype Blacks as this way or that way. And here, in Davis, we have an independent thinker, whom the race merchants excoriate for not towing the “Black party line” of a man–Barack Obama–whom Jackson also didn’t think was “Black enough.” This is despite the fact that Davis has an “A” rating from the NAACP for his legislative votes.
Now, Davis is running for Governor of Alabama and faces one key challenger, Ron Sparks, in the June Democratic Primary. And, yes, he’s still a mostly liberal Democrat. But what’s interesting is that he’s coming under attack from those, like Jackson, who should be on his side if they really stand for what they claim to stand for. We know, of course, that they do not. And I applaud Davis for standing firm against nationalized, government-run healthcare, something Davis’ White liberal Democrat colleagues in Congress don’t have the guts to do. The man has courage and has demonstrated that he’s an independent thinker. We need more like that on both sides of the aisle and in governor’s mansions.
Alabama radio talk show host David Person has more:
The “black enough” argument is antiquated and offensive, but it’s a game high-profile African-American candidates seem doomed to play — at least in part because old-school civil rights leaders keep it alive.
Davis was forced into Round One of the game when the Rev. Jesse Jackson called him out during a Congressional Black Caucus event last November for his vote against the health care bill. “You can’t vote against health care and call yourself a black man,” Jackson said.
Davis didn’t support the House bill because, he said, it is “an approach that could cause numerous Alabama employers to reduce their payroll or walk away from offering coverage to their employees.” Still, Davis played it smart and didn’t engage Jackson. . . .
Round Two was launched by Joe Reed, the associate executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association (AEA) and arguably the most influential black Democrat in Alabama. . . .
“His congressional district is blacker than any congressional district in the state and poorer than any congressional district in the state, yet he was the only black congressman in the nation to oppose Obama’s health care plan,” Reed wrote in the Alabama School Journal, published by the AEA.
As I said, that’s a point of courage, not a point of embarrassment. Artur Davis should be proud of his record, particularly in the fact that he does not walk in lockstep with the race-baiting liberals who, sadly, dominate much of Democratic Party politics and the civil rights movement.
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