36 Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil. Matthew 5:36-38 (NASB)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Using the most rudimental definition of the word politics would mean the doings of the administration, members of law-making groups, or people who try to sway the way a nation is ruled. The purpose of politics is to govern, to make policy and to enforce legislations.
I’m no molecular biochemist. However, I would bet you a million to one that in its most uncomplicated state, this process includes the benefit of ALL people.
If we can agree to that meaning, then let’s move one step closer to a better understanding to how this thing called politics is to benefit all the citizens of a populace.
It would take many years of study for a person of my abilities to walk you through the absolute knowledge to know how politics work, since I matriculated through kindergarten at the ages of 2-8 years, they even held me back because I could not take the numbers off of our mail box when the teacher asked me for my address.
So let me just give it to straight with no chaser. If the political process, that includes people that look like me and those who don’t as well, do not recognize, in our case Black owned businesses, the need to support us as we deliver their political message of which should include the governing good of all; this means doing business as well with us and NOT on promises either. And for goodness sake don’t tell us with “all deliberates speed” you will make it happen.
In short order, if politicians do not support Black owned businesses, then how can we as Black business owners in honestly ask others to support them?
Yes, this election cycle is bringing out the best, the beast and all of the bovine excrement’s for one helluva function at the junction.
In the vernacular of the streets, “it just aint right!”
For all of you voters, when you see these politicians that have invested in using Black businesses for their printing and catering and for their different events held at Black facilities and Black owned media are carrying their messages that uplift and not tear down; these are some of the indications that should beg us to look a little deeper into their actions.
So what if they come to our churches and places of worship once or twice a year and buy a table at the pastor appreciation banquet or the Urban League or the NACP.
Do they ever offer to speak on behalf of a troubled child or use Black owned businesses after the elections?
If they are not supporting our businesses, our communities our causes, then ask yourself and them: “why should we support them