Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his website, http://www.raynardjackson.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.
Last week’s election results infuriated me and not for the reasons you might suspect. My anger has less to do with the outcomes of the various elections, but more to do with the means of getting to the outcome.
A few weeks ago, the United Negro College Fund made a stunning announcement that caused a lot of consternation in the Black community. UNCF accepted $25 million, one of the largest donations in UNCF history, from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation.
Black women constantly complain about the dearth of “eligible” Black men to date and marry. Noted sociologist William Julius Wilson has argued that “the increasing levels of non-marriage and female-headed households is a manifestation of the high levels of economic dislocation experienced by lower-class Black men in recent decades.”
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld made some comments a couple of weeks ago about not caring about “diversity” in Hollywood, especially in the area of comedy, and set off some very heated conversations across the country.
Over the past few weeks, the D.C. City Council has been in the news quite a bit, though for all the wrong reasons. They recently passed a law that would prevent thousands, yes you heard me right, thousands of jobs from being created within their city.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, released his long-awaited report last week called the Growth and Opportunity Project. It is basically a post mortem of last November’s election results and lessons learned.