February 24, 2010, - 12:19 pm

Rep. Artur Davis: “Not Black Enough” Because He’s Against ObamaCare

By Debbie Schlussel

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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Typical of Jackson. He is just a pimp. Problem is the 96% of blacks who voted for Obama see themselves as blacks first and Americans only when it is convenient. This victim mentality is so wretched they will never achieve meaning in their life.

Debbie what do you think of black candidate Colonel Allan West running for Congress in Florida’s Congressional District 22 which is Broward County? I like this guy. I think the Congressional Black Caucus would do anything to stop this man’s voice.


CS: I like West but am troubled by his entanglement with the fraud and car-loan scammer, Scamela Geller. DS

CaliforniaScreaming on February 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Again, I ask why doesn’t B. Hussein Obama refer to himself as half white? Is being half white still black enough for Jackson? I’d like to see a list from Jackson that shows what is black enough for his tastes. I’d bet there isn’t a single conservative stand listed.

Jarhead on February 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

The politics of the kind practiced by the Jesse Jacksons and Joe Reeds of the world is not just limited to the blacks. I’ve noticed this with other various “bloc groups” that the Democrats rely on to retain their iron grip on power. If a woman does not rigidly toe the NOW/NARAL/Planned Parenthood party line and agenda; if an Hispanic (or other “ethnic group”) opposes illegal immigration; if an elderly person doesn’t fall in lockstep with AARP; if a gay or lesbian thinks independently of the radical Greenwich Village/San Francisco-type fringe that dominates the “gay rights” movement . . . then such people in the respective groups are essentially deemed “not [type in group here] enough” or, especially with the last-named bloc, branded a “hypocrite.”

ConcernedPatriot on February 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    That is what is known as “identity politics”. It is an acid that has been flowing through society at an accelerated rate since the 60’s

    Worry01 on February 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Identity politics (as indeed I was referring to) coupled with groupthink has been as deadly a mixture for society as drugs and alcohol have long been considered to be for people.

ConcernedPatriot on February 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I would be interested in knowing what the Jewish contributors to his previous campaign that you referred to are doing now.

Little Al on February 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Davis is definitely getting some heat for his vote against HCR, but he’s still the most progressive candidate in the field for Alabama governor. Let me just correct the record on one point: Earl Hilliard was elected to Alabama’s 7th CD in 1992 and held that seat until Davis defeated him in 2002. As you say, there was a tough contest between them in 2000 as well, but Davis was the challenger and Hilliard was a well established incumbent. Artur Davis came back stronger and smarter in 2002 and won the seat in a hard fought primary.

mooncat on February 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Hey Jarhead,

Don’t forget about Mrs. Obama. He has to be black enough for her. Remember, she wrote her thesis about “Losing your blackness at Princeton.” I wonder how much of her blackness she has lost while living in the WHITE House?

TLamb on February 25, 2010 at 9:06 am

I strongly favor drastic progressive change to our shameful health care system; but, am so glad that the human trash known as Jesse Jackson was called out in this article. Jackson and Sharpton are two of the most despicable loads on the planet, and are responsible for incalculable damage to humankind. It amazes me that anyone would consider such hate mongering racist criminals as noble. Oh sorry, I forgot that anyone with fair skin is not allowed to identify someone with dark skin as racist; only dark skinned people who are pigeonhole labeled as “black” can do so.

Ace on February 25, 2010 at 11:25 am

This is simply sheer stereotyping. I do not think that he is not black enough to go against the Admin. He just have political principles which go beyond color and the like.

Mark @ Israel on February 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

This is off topic but I would like to apologize to anyone who may have been offended by me using the term neo con. I didn’t believe it was anti semetic but with what happened today in Israel the people who I heard using that term are showing their true colors. They are very anti semitic and hateful, nasty people. I used it to describe hannity and people like him. I stand corrected and debbie you were right.

tyler on May 31, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Jesse Jackson! What has he ever done but help himself? To Hell with Jesse Jackson.

poptoy1949 on May 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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