Georgia’s gubernatorial and US Senate elections gave me insights into the black phony political oligarchy.
On the one hand, a gubernatorial candidate who may have been handpicked as far back as 2014 by a few San Francisco and New York donors. Her message was out of touch with the average Georgian, especially with black Georgians. The script focused on a few social issue points, but none of those points addressed the problems of a political economy specific to Georgia. They may have been crafted in a townhouse on Nob Hill as the fog rolled into San Francisco Bay.
On the other hand, a US senate candidate whose yard signs reminded us that he is a reverend. He may have assumed that his messaging on the campaign trail was influenced by scripture, but he really sounded like someone whose message followed a ten-point script written by some strategic communications firm out of DC.
Cold. Heartless. Contrived. Soulless. The irony that such gibberish flowed out of the mouth of a preacher with the part time job of being a legislator. The script resulted in this caretaker of Ebeneezer Baptist Church pulling punches, whether on the floor of the US Senate or in debates with an ex-football player. It is no wonder that the Heisman Trophy winner was able to hold his own. The pastor went for field goals settling for the occasional three and out while the less than articulate football player went for the goal line.
Beyond the performative, I saw a continuation of the exposure of the phony black elite. Similar to the onslaught the black entertainment elite incurred over the last two weeks, the black political elite demonstrated, at least in this Georgia election, that without control of the American political infrastructure, it is liable to have the carpet pulled from right under it. I see a black elite whose leadership bluff has been called; that is not ready for primetime; and definitely cannot, due to its lack of intellect, lead during the economic global shift that will fall hardest on those who refer to themselves as black folk.
These elites, tied to an infrastructure they did not create and have taken no time to completely understand, are to me nothing but chocolate covered crackers. They impersonate achievement and by looking up to and trying to emulate them, we have been complicit in our lack of growth and failure to dominate this American political economy or create our own.
Time to call these bourgeoise out for what they are: failures.