The Democratic Party is probably the biggest hypocrite when it comes to giving African-Americans opportunities to develop politically. How many African-Americans and other people of color hold positions of power in the Michigan Democratic Party?Well, Mongo, you asked, and you've been answered:
As to his question, "how many people of color hold positions of power in the Michigan Democratic Party?," Mongo ignores that both the first and second vice chairs of the party are minorities, as are 50 percent of the party officers. The political director for the past five years was African-American. In recent years, there were two African-American Democratic caucus leaders in the Michigan House of Representatives. Chong-Anna Canfora, LansingSpeaking of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, he also had some answers for Mongo (emphasis added):
How many African Americans hold power in Michigan's Democratic Party? Let's start with my former boss Congressman John Conyers. His wife, Monica, happens to be president pro tem of the City Council of Detroit. The mayor of Detroit happens to be African-American as well. And there is the woman who started my political career, Rosa Thomas, who is the recording secretary of the Michigan Democratic Party. Jared Hautamaki, Rochester Hills
As I read Adolph Mongo's rant against Michigan Democrats ("Michigan Democrats don't practice equal rights," June 14), I could not help thinking about poll taxes, Detroit-bashing and race-baiting. I have personally battled them for more than four decades. They are also the platform of the Michigan Republican Party in 2006.And just in case Mongo had a lapse in memory: Blacks should look to Hurricane Katrina to see how much the Republicans love them. I am a Democrat who hopes no one gets fooled at election time. Gary Bergman, Midland
Do not let anyone sell you the twisted logic that Democrats are against equal opportunity and civil rights and Republicans are for it. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In Michigan today, Republicans are pushing a radical, anti-civil rights and anti-urban agenda. Recently, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill to finance mass transit throughout the state that specifically excluded Detroit -- a blatant slap in the face to Detroiters. Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed that divisive legislation.
At the same time, quietly, Republicans are pushing legislation that would disenfranchise thousands of minority voters by requiring a photo ID to vote at the polls.
Yes, this is the same party that shut down Detroit's mental health facilities, eliminated the efficient Recorder's Court and led the takeover of Detroit's public schools.
It is easy to throw around anecdotal hearsay to insinuate the leadership of the Michigan Democratic Party is not committed to diversity. But we should focus instead on the reality that no one can dispute: There are more women and minorities serving as department directors and in leadership positions in the Granholm administration than virtually any other state in America.
As a percentage, the governor has appointed twice as many African Americans to state government boards, commissions and councils than former Republican Gov. John Engler. I commend the governor that 24 percent of her judicial appointments are persons of color.
The simple fact is that the Democratic Party and its leaders are the ones committed to opportunity for all our citizens and promoting diversity in government.
UPDATE: Some links showing just how much Republican's care about minorities:
Jim Crow GOP
Southern lawmakers delay voting rights bill