Slave Catcher of the Week: Operation Black Storm & The Frederick Douglas Republicans

You’ve probably never heard of “them”, but they are deserving of my slave-catcher award this week. Which is a first, because I’m used to spotlighting individuals and never before an entire movement. Yes, an entire friggin movement, folks. A movement aptly titled Operation Black Storm.

So who is Operation Black Storm? Well, it’s only a political action committee (PAC) that’s put together to raise funds all the while promoting 15 black republicans running for office in the upcoming midterm elections.

I have no problem with a bunch of “brothers” getting together and pooling their resources in an effort to advance a cause; even if it is one of political and social conservatism. However, when your site says, “Tired of being called racist? Do something about it today! Help us elect qualified Conservative candidates,” and urge people to donate, that qualifies slave-catching behavior in my book.
“My aim is not to provide excuses for black behavior or to absolve blacks of personal responsibility. But when the new black conservatives accent black behavior and responsibility in such a way that the cultural realities of black people are ignored, they are playing a deceptive and dangerous intellectual game with the lives and fortunes of disadvantaged people. We indeed must criticize and condemn immoral acts of black people, but we must do so cognizant of the circumstances into which people are born and under which they live. By overlooking these circumstances, the new black conservatives fall into the trap of blaming black poor people for their predicament. It is imperative to steer a course between the Scylla of environmental determinism and the Charybdis of a blaming-the-victims perspective.” – Dr. Cornel West (Race Matters)To not acknowledge the racist tactics employed by your political affiliates, to only turn around and “pimp” race or play the “race card”, which is a move they despise, to raise money… how else could they be seen as anything but slave-catchers, sellouts, and Uncle Toms? But yet people like me are wrong about them.

Oh, and not only do these clown play the race card, they have the nerve to call themselves: Frederick Douglas Republicans. I swear, Frederick Douglas isn’t only spinning in his grave, he’s actually trying to claw his way out of that muthaf@%ka so he can come back and choke the life out of these Neo-Negroes.

Douglas, who after the Civil War fought for the right to equality of freed slaves as well as being active in women’s suffrage struggle, was fond of saying, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” And this I suppose is the message emblematic of Operation Black Storm?

No, sounds like this “revolutionary movement” in question, is yet more of the same as we’ve come to know the GOP and the Tea Party to be. But in this instance, these are black people placing rope around the necks of not only fellow Negroes, but anyone interested in the advancement of progressive causes.

Sadly but expected, the election of America’s first black president has done its fair share to [re]introduce us to  the political crazies and extremists often referred to as the fringe. As historic and symbolic an accomplishment as was the election of Barack Obama, it’s a damn shame that there are black people co-opting the extremist message as they seek to “break the bonds of tyranny“, where a black man is seen as un-American: