Freedom Rider: Latinos Lead the Way


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Latinos make up barely ten percent of the electorate, and have only emerged as a major national political presence in recent years. Yet, they are outclassing Blacks at every political juncture. “The victory of young Latinos and Latinas did not come about because of altruistic motives from the administration, but because of a carefully planned and very courageous public campaign.”


Freedom Rider: Latinos Lead the Way

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

While black Americans celebrate and emote at the very site of a black president, others treat him the way politicians ought to be treated.”

How does any constituency group get a president to do what they want? This question is not a mysterious riddle and the answer is rather simple. The group in question must first assert its right to make a demand, and then make that demand in a consistent and public way and in so doing force a new political consensus that cannot be ignored.

Barack Obama’s first term in office provided tangible political gains for some groups, such as the LGBT and Latino communities. The president ended the armed forces’ ”don’t ask don’t tell” policy which prohibited openly gay men and women from serving. Republican intransigence prevented any efforts to act on immigration reform which would have given the undocumented pathways to legal residence, but Obama did issue an order, Deferred Action, which stopped the deportations of undocumented young people brought to this country as children. Therein lies a lesson for those black people willing to extricate themselves from the abyss of Obama worship.

The victory of young Latinos and Latinas did not come about because of altruistic motives from the administration, but because of a carefully planned and very courageous public campaign. By doing so, these young people risked their very freedom and their ability to stay in the United States, but such was their desire to bring about change that would help them and their families.

When the Dream Act went down to defeat they were obviously discouraged, but they were also motivated to push for what they needed. A group who not only can’t vote, but who aren’t even citizens, and who had no legal right to live in the United States at all went where the group of Americans most in need of political help fear to tread. These activists made African American inaction all the more shameful.

Too many black people hug Obama when he does nothing for them at all.”

While black Americans celebrate and emote at the very site of a black president, others treat him the way politicians ought to be treated. They insist on quid pro quos in exchange for political support. Even though Obama brought some measure of change with the Deferred Action executive order, members of the group United We Dream are not satisfied. United We Dream national coordinator Carlos Saavedra put it this way. “People are not going to hug the president right now. They are waiting for him to take some action.”

Unfortunately, too many black people hug Obama when he does nothing for them at all. While black people suffer from loss of their homes, loss of jobs, and mass incarceration, they also confine themselves to bouts of emoting whenever they see the Obamas looking beautiful together at a state dinner.

There was a time when black America led the way in bringing about social and political change. We showed the nation and the world how to take risks, sometimes the risk of losing life itself, in order to fight for justice. The young dreamers risked arrest and deportation. When it appeared that they had failed in their goal they quite simply didn’t give up.

Their dedication was all the more astounding because Barack Obama oversaw the deportations of more than one million people, more than had been deported under any other administration. This fact could have been a reason for further discouragement, but instead the dreamers realized that the high number of deportations was Obama’s responsibility and was proof that the president had the power to stop them too.

With an election looming and Latino votes up for grabs, lo and behold, the president issued the Deferred Action order.”

When White House advisers claimed that the president had no authority to issue an executive order, the dreamers called them out. In a public meeting Lorella Praeli told Valerie Jarrett, “With all due respect, I disagree.” With an election looming and Latino votes up for grabs, lo and behold, the president issued the Deferred Action order, and took the specter of deportation away from thousands of young people from all over the world.

The Latino community have new found political muscle and aren‘t afraid of showing it off. They know that the Republicans now rue the day they killed the Dream Act and nominated a presidential candidate who worked for “self deportation.” These same dreamers who may have once feared publicly revealing their status now hold very public conventions. The United We Dream convention recently held in Kansas City attracted some 600 participants who drafted a comprehensive platform on all aspects of immigration.

Perhaps they can inspire black people to once again hold political conventions and draft platforms of political action. At one time, it was black Americans who led the way in fighting for social justice. In the future perhaps we will have to learn from others who learned our history lesson better than we did.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)


where's the money at???????????? Blacks lead the working class:

Top headline over at


Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us out

Dec 5, 2012 8:39 a.m.

By FOX 2 News Staff DETROIT (WJBK) -- The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help.

City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support of Obama in last month's election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city. (Click the video player to listen)

"Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that," said Watson. "Of course, not just that, but why not?"

Nearly 75 percent of Wayne County voters pulled the lever for Obama in November.

"After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. and came home with some bacon," said Watson. "That's what you do."

Young served as Detroit's mayor for 20 years and served as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1981.

The White House has expressed no plans to bailout the cash-crunched city that some experts say could run out of money by the end of the year.

The federal government has bailed out cities in the past, however. In 1975, President Gerald Ford extended more than $2 billion in credit to New York City to help it avoid a financial collapse.

Unrequited Love

Ha, this is hilarious.  It shows you why Detroit is in such bad shape.  Black Misleadership Class all day, all the way.  

I guess Ms. Watson and the rest of the Obamabots will just keeping humming the chorus from the song, "I'd rather love and leave you, than never know your love at all."  Imagine the horrors, we voted for Obama and now it's time for him to give us some payback.  NOT!!! 

Ms. Watson is gonna find out that Obama wrote her and the rest of Detroit (hell the rest of Black America) off a long time ago.  He's never been vested in them as they in him.

The Obamabots will soon be humming a refrain from another song, "It hurts so good."  LOL  I wonder what she'll be saying when not only does he fail to bail out Detroit (or any other US city), but he adds insult to injury by cutting the social safety net and more and more Detroiters show up at Council meetings seeking help. 

You think maybe she'll catch on by then?  Apparently she didn't get the Fiscal Cliff memo that got leaked before the elections. 

Couldn't have said it better. . .

Beverly, couldn't have said it better! Not hating on Latinos, but why is a publication called "Black Agenda Report" even discussing this?? Believe that Latinos don't spend time fretting over, discussing or thinking about the issues that affect African Americans UNLESS it affects them. Wake up, think.


Black agenda report is a very good place to discuss the mass migration of so-called Hispanics to the United States. In fact, Blacks should cast a wary eye at the entire cult of the immigrant that has been espoused by the leaders of this nation for generations. Immigration patterns always effect demographics and economic and political power. Who sets immigration policy and who controls the borders? Who decides who can come into this country, and in what numbers? White people do, Black people do not. In spite of what the media may claim, in general, immigration is carefully calcuated to keep workers and racial minorities in line while maintaining the racial status quo. Whites do not allow immigration to affect THEIR standing in this society. When Whites allowed the mass of White Spanish speaking Cubans to flood into south Florida in the 1960's for "freedom," Florida was a hardcore Jim Crow state in which Blacks couldn't use many of the beaches, stay at the hotels, or live in most parts of Miami and other cities. The Cuban immigrants faced no such obstacles, and, following in the footsteps of all of the White immigrant groups which preceded them, embraced Jim Crow. Not only were the newcomers allowed to step over Blacks but, they were also allowed to retain, and, to impose their culture and their bigotry on Blacks and on others. Backs really need to study history, and to learn from it, and to use that knowledge to respond and to shape events instead of wondering what happened after it is too late. Fortunately for Blacks, the so-called Hispanic community is so diverse racially, economically, and politically, that with the exception of a few issues, it will not be able act as an effective bloc. 

Kimberley was making the

Kimberley was making the point that Latino's are making strong demands on Obama and forcing him to take their agenda seriously, while African Americans have overwhelmingly supported Obama and gotten little or nothing in return while the Obama Administration takes the support of Blacks  for granted and doesn't give the Black Agenda a high priority.

Brown on Brown Mass Murder

Young Latino's under the Dream Act are also given a path to citizenship via military service. On average (more than 2 to 1) most young uneducated poor  Latinio men and women choose the military instead of college. I find it repulsive that poor Brown people on this side of the world are rectruted to kill poor Brown people in the Middle East!

Yours: an Important Point_the Problem w so-called 'Dream' Act

A major part of which was written by the DoD during the Iraq invasion- because the Bush /Cheneyite gang had trouble filling army ranks w cannon-fodder. I first became aware of this issue from an article written by a Latino Activist who cut against the grain to explain why he was against the so-called 'Dream Act'. Yet many/most so-called 'main-stream' Latino activists had adopted it as their litmus test for O-bomber.  

Likewise w the whole DADT issue for the so-called LGBT community. They pushed this as a way of 'main-streaming' themselves by clamoring for the right to 'openly' serve in the US' imperialistic military industrial surveillance security complex. At this point the US' imperialistic military [& power elites] is looking for bodies [= cannon-fodder] to project power across the globe, they apparently could care-less what one's race &/or ethnicity, ideology &/or religion [or lack there-of], gender or sexual inclinations / idiosyncrasies are.

The "Reason" for the "Season"

Cannon Fodder is the reason for the season.   Browns killing browns as much as Blacks and Whites killing each other.  That's the tie that binds.  Regrettably, there's not much else to bind in terms of unity.  And it's because the USA inculturation process is geared towards two primacies, neither of which are steered towards the concept of commonwealth:  (1) primacy of the individual, and (2) primacy of the material world,  i.e. "things" and the pursuit of the accoutrements of success.

Group or individual interestes aside, we are all in this together.  The MIC does not discriminate on what cannon fodder it uses, particularly as it relates to class.  Poor people have and always will be cannon fodder, fighting for the elites. 

The issue with military service being a pathways to citizenship speaks volumnes louder than the equities of what that process looks like.  America is becoming militarized at every expense, that's a communal concern. 

Brown vs. Brown mass murder is the Reason for the Season.  Africom Black on Black mass murder is the Reason for the Season, Yellow on Yellow mass murder w/r/t Japanese and Chinese tensions in the Red Sea and w/r/t to Obama's "Pivot" is the Reason for the Season, and remaining tensions in the Balkans w/r/t to Anglo Saxons is the Reason for the Season.

I don't believe in panaceas, but I do believe in aligned interests.

Happy Holidays.

Eugenics is here

If you're not with them, you must be a slave, prison planet guard, or cannon fodder:

Bloomberg & friends say:

'Our immigration policy is what I call national suicide'

The STEM in the City conference was held to promote jobs in science, technology, engineering and math and the educational revolution that needs to occur to prepare the next generation to fill those jobs.

It drew a high-powered collection of business, education and political leaders to a packed lecture hall at John Jay College who urged nothing short of a revolution for the city and the country to survive in the global, high-tech economy of the future. “The whole issue of STEM education is mission critical for the future of this country,” Mortimer B. Zuckerman, chairman and publisher of The News and its sister publication, U.S. News & World Report, told the influential crowd at Thursday’s event.

Zuckerman also pressed for immigration reform, saying that when he met with President Obama at the start of his first term, one of the things he asked for was 195,000 visas for foreign grad students in high-tech fields — a number that was reduced to 65,000 after the dot-com bubble burst in 2000.

“This is one of the simple areas where we could make such a huge difference because it is critical to everything that we’re doing, and these jobs create more jobs,” he said.

“We are going to be seriously compromised as a country in terms of our global competitiveness because the world today is very much about innovation, entrepreneurship and a knowledge-based economy,” said CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

“In the United States today, about 50% of the doctoral degrees granted in mathematics, physics and computer science computational sciences in general, go to foreign-born students that are here on temporary work visas.

"About the same number of people leave the United States — leave unwillingly because their time has run out. And unless we think about this human capital that we are losing, we are just in dire straits.”

Bloomberg called on voters to “stand up and fight against those who would close our borders” and harm the nation’s future.

The mayor has advocated loosening U.S. immigration rules for years and called on the two presidential candidates to tackle the issue during the 2012 race.

He threw his support behind the STEM Jobs Act in November, which would set aside 55,000 green cards for foreign-born grads of American universities who have earned advanced degrees in STEM fields.

The House of Representatives voted to approve the Republican-backed bill on Nov. 30, but it faces an uphill battle in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Democrats would prefer a more comprehensive approach to immigration reform.

Bloomberg said the act showed “some heightened interest” in reform on Capitol Hill.

He heaped praise on immigrant students and criticized American lawmakers who’ve failed to provide pathways to citizenship. “We have the greatest universities in the world,” but they are not retaining immigrant STEM students, the mayor said.

Latinos Do Not Lead The Way

The Brown Struggle is not the same as the Black Struggle and I get tired of people making comparisons between the two.  Yes, they did advocate for their interests with the Obama Admin. more vigorously did black people did, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be proud of a Black First Family in the White House and have to hold our heads in shame because we didn't ask for more than that.  Latinos/Hispanics are not going to get more than what they got because 1.) Obama doesn't need them anymore and 2.) as long as the Republicans control the House and the Senate is not Filibuster proof Comprehensive Immigration Reform ain't passing.

They ain't got no political muscle and the only reason they have a more cohesive agenda than we do is because they know their cultural identity and they have no history in this country of being brainwashed and they weren't discriminated nearly to the degree that we were.  Their strong sense of cultural identity is the only thing that makes them stronger than us despite their similiar poverty, graduation, and unemployment rates. They seem themselves a group; we see ourselves as individuals.  We don't want to be black!  This sicknessess, given to us by our oppressors, is present in the President to the lowliest black person.  So, how can you expect a black President to do for black people and black people to expect anything from a black president when neither wants to be black, but (white) American?

Before 1965, Latinos were considered white even if they were brown and they went to school and work with whites in the Segregated South.  How else do explain Ricky Ricardo having the "I Love Lucy Show" and Roberto Goizueta being an executive at Coke in the 1960s?  It wasn't until 1965 that were given minority status when a Mexican-American lawyer from Texas named Banda lobbied for the change.  After we did all the heavy lifting, then they want to piggyback on School Desegregation/Civil Rights/Affirmative Action bandwagon and that's how it's been over the last 47 years.  Every time we open a door, they walk right in and then they want to slam the door back in our face like the whites.

While I agree that blacks should pursue a group agenda hold every politician/govt. official/businessperson/leader/institution acccountable, we must accept the fact that we're going have to do it alone.  No one is going to fight harder for us more than us.  Nobody is going to return the favor for our help if they don't have to.  Nobody's going give us any love for jumping on their bandwagon.  Nobody's going to respect us if we don't respect ourselves and we do that by accepting ourselves as black people, hold the powerful accountable, and then being strong enough to go our separate ways from other groups if our interests differ.