Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress; and was a passionate advocate for the needs of minorities, women and children. Her work affected change in the nation's perceptions about the capabilities of both women and Black people. A New York City educator and child care manager, Chisholm had a bird's eye view of the problems of the poor daily; which motivated her to run for and win a seat in the New York State Legislature. In 1968 she was elected to Congress from the new 12th District. There she worked in support of better employment and education programs, expansion of day care, income support and other programs to improve life for those in the inner city. She advocated for an end to the military draft and reduced defense spending. In 1970, she published her first book: "UNBOSSED AND UNBOUGHT." In 1972, Shirley Chisolm entered several Democratic presidential primaries, receiving 151 delegate votes for the presidential nomination. Though Congresswoman Margaret Chase-Smith had previously been nominated as a Republican, Shirley Chisholm was both the first woman to run for the Democratic nomination for President-and the first Black person period. Her second book, "THE GOOD FIGHT," was published in 1973. She served in Congress until 1982.
There's alot to be said about the sad socio-political climate in this country today. Often we look back at the paranoia & evil of McCarthyism & Jim Crow-Era politics as if that was a thousand years ago. But the truth is that many of those that supported these movements are still alive today. Hate-Mongering, Creating Division along Racial & Economic Lines, and Manipulating People's Fears of the Unknown have again become the norm. During the first half of the 1900's, if Congress wanted a law passed, all one had to do was attach the idea of a Communist Conspiracy or threat of a Black Uprising. If a public figure had a rival, that he or she was unsure about beating, the hint that the opponent had some sort of secret communist sympathies would ensure an end to that rival's career & everything that he, she or they stood for. Just the most vague fear of a Black Uprising or Black Men gaining access to White Women could secure the passing of a law that never would have had a chance of being signed into law. That along with a 100% forecast of rioting & lynching to along with it. Believe it or not, the bills that made Cocaine & Marijuana illegal came largely in part to the rumor that the use of these substances had been proven to incite uncontrollable urges in Black Men to Rape White Women (see The History Channel's "HOOKED: ILLEGAL DRUGS AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY"). This way of manipulating the shallow minds of the public even showed up as a HUGE difference maker in the 1988 Presidential Elections (Google Willie Horton).
Still blaming Obamacare, Immigration Reform, Talk Radio, Town Hall Meetings, threats to the Speaker, enemy combatant, executed, shipping muslims into the country, jack temple video, communist despot, rep martha roby, impeachment, patterns of lawlessness, re-districting, white anger, treason & trampling on the constitution
So here we come to today, as the airwaves are filled with all sorts of misinformation geared toward pushing America's sadly uneducated majority to blindly support political causes that will only hurt them in the end. Both Democrats & Republicans fall victim to the game; but none like those that call themselves Republicans. The worst part is that the same tactics that worked in the 1990's clearly continue to work today. Because YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION! When the GOP failed to hold Bill Clinton to just one presidential term, they responded by re-redistricting. This redrew the terms of who votes for who, created a false majority of dim-witted voters throughout the South, and removed the ability of Southern Democrats to EVER win a Majority in State & Local Legislatures. How did they do it? By winning the messaging wars. The more you see & hear a piece of information-regardless as to whether or not it's true-the more people will be inclined to accept it as fact. And in today's technology-inspired lazy world, few people will actually take the time to investigate the validity of what they've been told-especially if it appeals to their anger or fears. Thus we constantly hear about the "patterns of lawlessness" within the Obama Administration & how he has trampled all over the Constitution-without even having to specify what laws have been broken or what provisions of The U.S. Constitution have been violated. We can continue to hear about all of the illegal immigrants & Black People on Welfare-even though there are far more Caucasians receiving AFDC & Food Stamps than any other demographic. And the anger that is inspired by this, and the many other falsehoods out there, are manipulated further on Conservative Talk Radio daily. So sadly we now have Town Hall Meetings that mirror 20th Century Lynch Mob meetings. Check the video below where a participant labels OUR PRESIDENT as an "Enemy Combatant," asserts that he is bringing "millions of Muslims into the country," and that he should be "executed." Scared yet? You should be. The 2014 congressional Elections are right around the corner...