by Yvette Carnell
“We are not from the establishment, we are from the streets,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y, speaking at a February event this year announcing the Congressional Black Caucus PAC’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
The PAC isn’t comprised of the “streets” though. As The Intercept reported at the time, the PAC consists of “11 lobbyists, seven elected officials, and two officials who work for the PAC.”
In fact, the only street Meeks has been in for a long while has been Wall Street. Even in those streets, he’s not a player so much as a pawn. Meeks was among a group of swashbuckling, crumb snatchers from the CBC who used their race and position as cover for Wall Street, as the Huffington Post reported:
The assault on Dodd-Frank relies on support from three different groups. The GOP isn’t shy about its antipathy to government regulations, and a pro-business coalition known as the New Democrats has come to its aid. But there is also a third, lesser-known faction: the Congressional Black Caucus. Moore, along with colleagues such as New York’s Gregory Meeks, Georgia’s David Scott, Missouri’s Lacy Clay and Alabama’s Terri Sewell, has pushed for a host of seemingly arcane measures that would undermine Dodd-Frank’s rules on financial derivatives, the complex contracts at the heart of the 2008 meltdown. She is the co-sponsor of multiple measures that would once again allow Wall Street to shift its riskiest transactions out of the view of regulators.
The meltdown of 2008 destroyed the “streets” in the African-American community, eviscerating generational wealth, but Meeks is undermining the streets while pretending to represent them.
This is the con-game too many CBC members run on their constituents. Meeks threw on his hustle hat again on Wednesday while chiding Sen. Bernie Sanders. During a meeting between House Democrats and Sen. Sanders, Meeks sprung into action.
“When are you going to run as a Democrat? This is the Democratic Caucus,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) thundered at Sanders, according to POLITICO.
The unseemliness of Meeks creating a spectacle of himself on behalf of his benefactors should surprise no one. In June he blustered to CNN in defense of the gun control “sit-in” that he insisted was not a spectacle. It was a spectacle of the highest order. The gun control “sit-in” is all but forgotten this week with FBI Director Comey announcing that Hillary Clinton will escape indictment after setting up a private server that she used for government business.
Rep. Meeks and John Lewis wasted the rhetoric and protest strategies of the Civil Rights Movement to benefit corporate Democrats who aren’t the least bit concerned about the plight of African-Americans. The irony here is that someone like Meeks or Lewis should be battling Wall Street on behalf of the poor instead of battling Bernie Sanders on behalf of Wall St.
African-Americans have been relegated to the position of permanent underclass in this country and the only politician who consistently calls attention to income inequality is a white Jewish senator from Vermont, as opposed to a black congressman who claims to represent “the streets.”
Rep. Meeks is not representing the streets with backroom deals that enrich Wall Street, but the streets are beginning to watch him. Maybe this recognition will be the beginning of the end of Pigment Politics, the process whereby African-Americans throw our support behind the most morally deficient candidate on the ballot simply because she or he is “one of us”.
Sanders is fighting against the fat cats on Wall Street, while Rep. Meeks is seeking to stuff his pockets with as much Wall Street cash as he can carry.
Unlike Sen. Sanders, I don’t believe that the Democratic Party can be saved, but if given a choice between Sanders and the black Henchmen for Hillary, I’ll take my chances with Sanders. I’m not swayed by the antics of money-grubbing wanna-be political players who are more interested in getting Hillary Clinton elected than advancing the agenda of the people they represent. I’m not betting on black if that means betting against black people.
You can listen to Meeks babble on about how the sit-in will make a difference for that thing we’ve already forgotten in the clip below.