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The gall of him, demanding a trial! Pelosi and other Democratic bigwigs have been virtually demanding that he just cave in and quit the House. He has already been forced out of his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee without a trial.
They claim he should give up his right for a trial for the trial might embarrass the Democrats in an election year. What bunk! I am sure his constituents will reelect him. No embarrassment there. In Mississippi it might be different, but then they probably hate him regardless.
Is he guilty? I don’t know. What I do know is that black leaders are prime targets and when attacks come, supporters flee, rush to judgment or throw them under the bus. Just recently when Shirley Sherrod and Acorn were smeared, they were victimized and abandoned without even an investigation. It seems black people are now guilty by accusation.
Rangel has already lost even if found innocent. He has already spent $2 million dollars in legal fees with no end in sight. The strategy is to hit him with a barrage of charges, run up his defense costs and force him to quit untried but disgraced. One of the charges dug up from a NY times article consists of parking his car illegally in the House garage. War criminals strut around exalted but this brave fighter for the poor, must withdraw untried with his tail between his legs.
This is a flagrant injustice!
One of the reasons they get away with this flagrant injustice is because black organisations are silent. The NAACP actually joined the persecution of Shirley Sherrod. Acorn was left to twist in the wind and even though they were found innocent, they have been ruined.
Do you remember Mike Espy, President Clinton’s Secretary of Agriculture? He was forced to resign when ethics charges were filed against him. The prosecution presented more than 70 witnesses in the trial and spent more than $20 million preparing and trying to nail him. Espy won. In the trial by jury the case against him was so weak that the defense did not need to call a single witness to testify. I bet most people don’t know that, but all they recall is the charges against him. Despite Mike Espy’s convincing victory, he never regained his position of Secretary of Agriculture.
It is time for not just black organisation but any organisation that values human rights and justice to rally around Charles Rangel against this flagrant injustice. Or will they just sit around silently and watch brave black leaders be picked off one by one? The brave Maxine Waters is the latest victim up for that crucifixion.
To arms! I myself intend to circulate this letter to my Hot Calaloo email list and every discussion group of which I am a member. NAACP has an excellent chance to redeem themselves after their Shirley Sherrod fiasco. They should join with other black organisations to champion justice for Charles Rangel loud, clear and persistently. Ministers should use the pulpit to mobilize their congregations. Other black leaders, join this fight too. Take to the airwaves, to the podium. But meanwhile you had better watch your back. You might be next. At this very moment, Fox News may be doctoring a video just for you.
This is just not an attack on Charles Rangel. It is an attack on the future of black leadership. By undermining black leadership, they will force out real leaders to leave behind cowed, intimidated, submissive and ineffective leaders in their place.
But this fight is not just against blacks. Charles Rangel is a progressive leader. It is also against progressives. The progressive leadership is guilty of cowardly timidity too. Blacks are easy pickings, and if that scheme works, then I predict progressive leaders such as peace activists, environmentalists, advocates for the poor, regardless of race, will be next.
Editor, Hot Calaloo
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