Easter lends faith to reflections on political chicanery
By Derek Joy
Easter Sunday. A day of significance to the Christian faithful.
It is a holiday rooted in European traditions. The importance is identified with the symbolic resurrection of Jesus Christ some three days after he was crucified.
A slow and painful death. Immeasurable suffering. The kind of ungodly hurt mankind – albeit more social and economic – inflicts on the disenfranchised to this day.
That’s right. These so called God fearing Christian faithful leave the lessons of their places of worship and get busy with the devil’s social agenda. Perpetrate social injustices amid mayhem and destruction.
Black Americans are well acquainted with the church, Jesus Christ and the celebratory significance of Easter. Fittingly, Easter is a very good time to reflect on the ungodly political deeds of politicians and those who support them.
For instance. Earlier this month, F.A.S.T. (Faith and Action for Strength Together) held a rally at Tropicana Field in Pinellas County.
Led by a coalition of some 38 churches and synagogues, F.A.S.T. called elected officials to task on a number of issues, according to Ted Pinckney.
“They had ’em tap dancing,” said Pinckney, a Miami native now living in Pinellas County, who attended the rally.
“They have three times as many students arrested in Pinellas County than anywhere in the state.”
Pinckney said the interest among the group is to initiate the kind of diversionary programs like what Superintendent Robert Runcie initiated in Broward District Schools with success thus far. There was also a reported focus on the upcoming construction projects funded by bond referendums. Seems construction companies are gearing up a migrant workforce – some illegal immigrants, included – to get the jobs.
F.A.S.T., according to Pinckney, is demanding that Pinellas County residents are hired on these jobs. All too often we see immigrants get jobs that people of color are routinely excluded from. Some are legal. Some are not. Many cannot show any experience in the American workforce.
They get hired. Black Americans suffer as Christ did while being crucified. The plot thickens. Consider for a moment the recent flap with Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign.
Coral Gables healthcare billionaire Mike Hernandez left the Republican’s campaign fundraising team amid swirling rumors of discrimination against Cuban Americans.
As expected, Scott denied it. So, too, did Hernandez, who claimed to have served his original purpose of helping raise $30 million for Scott’s campaign. One haunting question at Easter is this: How of much of that campaign fundraising bounty will Scott, or any other political candidates, spend to advertise in Black owned newspapers or Black owned radio stations?