I bought the book, and as I read it I realized that the "Covenants" are all amazing progressive talking points.
Honestly, I could say I am a progressive, and then I could say I support the Covenants, and I would be saying the same thing twice.
This is where white progressives should focus on finding common ground (which is really the whole damn field). I would love to see Tavis Smiley and other voices from the CWBA's organization be featured at Yearlykos.
I really see great potential from a netroots/CWBA partnership or something like it.
This is insane. Tavis Smiley and the CWBA have no problem joining with PBS to broadcast both of their presidential forums. Why is FOX news preferable to PBS when it comes to reaching Democrats and particularly Black Democrats.
This is a rather offensive blog. It implies that many on this blog and other progressive blogs are racist.
I get your point, but I feel like it is severely weakened by your implications of racism.
As a blogger in Baltimore City, a majority Black city, I do my best to search out black political voices on the net. There are several in Maryland that I read regularly, Oliver Willis, P. Kenneth Burns, and the folks at B-more news, and I am sure there are many more. I hope I can somewhat understand where you are coming from, and the frustration you feel.
However, I think your tone and your approach to this issue are all wrong. You insult the very people you are looking to convince.
I hope that you are not simply trying to be antagonistic, and that you really want to improve minority participation in the progressive blogosphere. We need all the help we can get. Sadly, the tone of your blog suggests otherwise.
Jeez, and just a day after I donated to the DNC, what a letdown. We need to get Governor Dean in line on this. I mean, why should Democrats donate to our party when they are enabling the other parties propaganda wing?
I seriously doubt Republicans would donate to the RNC if they began consorting with Dailykos or Mother Jones in an effort to do "outreach to liberals." What a joke.
I figured that Vilsack's support would go to the other DLC candidate in the race, Hillary Clinton.
Furthermore, doesn't it seem strange that this follows the move of the California Primary and is concurrent with Ahhnold saying that Hillary shouldn't have to apologize for her war vote? Its a stretch, but I don't like how this looks at all.
That hardball interview was hilarious. Wolfson kept saying that he was "speaking for himself and not the campaign or the candidate" when he said that Obama should return the fundraising money. Of course, Chris just skirted the point that could have so easily been made. If you, Mr Wolfson can speak for yourself and not the candidate, why can't Gibbs? Completely silly.
Hoyer won't be easy. He has the money and the years and years of support from the Maryland Democratic Party and machine. Not to mention, Al Wynn would be a much better target for progressives in the state.
I live and blog in Baltimore, Maryland. I am curious what kind of organizing/activism you do and if there is any way for me to get involved. Drop me a line: akujan@hotmail
Anyways, I agree with most of your points, especially the one about "black issues" vs "America's issues". That is one reason why I love the CWBA, because their issues are ones all progressives can all rally around, race aside.
As for the lack of "bloc" politics by blacks or ANYONE in Maryland, I think that has more to do with Democratic dominance throughout the state, but mostly in Baltimore City and PG County.
The Democrats are so entrenched in many of those places, they don't need to compete for any votes, much less those of their black constituents. In my opinion, Maryland kills the political activist impulse, because "look, Democrats are in charge of EVERYTHING, and have been (save '02-06') forever. Why should another year of Democrats change anything? Why should the 10 term incumbent care about losing my vote?"
The only chance to really change anything with a voting "bloc" is during the primary. This frustrates me to no end.