I tried to unsubscribe from the GOP.com mailing list that I've been on for years after one particularly annoying email during the 2008 campaign but, alas, I am still on it. (Sorry, I don't remember what was in the email.) I never read the damned things unless the headline is particularly catching--and today, of course, my morbid curiosity made me open it:
STATEMENT FROM RNC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL STEELE ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH[All caps in original. RNC's New Media team apparently has yet to master common internet etiquette.]
Anyway, the banal shout-outs to our forebears is embedded below:
Not to be outdone, Senator Harry Reid penned an op-ed establishing the little known fact that black Americans are indeed Americans just like everybody else. No, really, it's titled:
Thanks, Hank. Perhaps you could elaborate on this obscure fact for us just a little bit more?
While the progress we've made together as a nation is laudable, those of us who've been on the frontlines know that much work still lies ahead of us. Like all communities, the African-American community is concerned with ensuring security and stability for themselves and their families. African-Americans, just like all Americans, want to have a steady job [sic; I think the 33 or so million of us want more than ONE job between us] that they can depend on, stay in their homes, afford quality health care for themselves and their children, have the ability to send their children to the best schools, know that they're safe in their homes and communities and are able to plan for retirement.