Ideas U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., advanced Wednesday to address America’s bloated entitlement programs got picked up by the liberal radar in a big way — especially by the Congressional Black Caucus. But by doing so, the African-American community ignores its real problems, according to a black role model.
Once again, an honest discussion about a real problems plaguing the country is beaten into the ground until all life has left it, simply because a hyper-sensitive member of Congress would rather shout “racist” than address the issue.
Ron Christie is CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, wrote three books on the subject of race in politics and, according to his column, has known Ryan for 20 years. Christie is also black.
“Let’s get right to it, shall we?” Christie began a Daily Beast commentary. “Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., is not racist nor did he blow a ‘dog whistle’ to launch a thinly veiled racist attack against black people.”
While admitting that the congressman’s words may have been “clumsy,” the executive closed by offering some sage advice:
Rather than criticizing Rep. Paul Ryan for issuing a clarion call for factors that have led to endemic poverty in the United States 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson sought to stem the tide of impoverished Americans, we should applaud him for speaking truth to power that Representative Barbara Lee and other Members of the Congressional Black Caucus — the “Conscience of the Congress” as they call themselves — have largely sought to ignore.
Ryan observed there was a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value or culture of work.” He made the statement during an appearance on “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America” radio program, according to the Huffington Post.
The African-American community took exception and issued a call to arms, led by Congressional Black Caucus member U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who said Ryan’s remarks were a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated.”
“Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black’,” Lee said in a statement.
A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, another California Democrat, echoed Lee’s sentiment. “And this is coming from a House Republican leader,” spokesman Drew Hammill told Think Progress. “There are few words that can describe such a deeply ignorant comment, but shameful, disturbing, and wrong offer a good start.”
Ryan remarked after the brouhaha that “I was inarticulate about the point I was trying to make. I was not implicating the culture of one community—but of society as a whole.”
That should have been clear to anyone listening Wednesday — but obviously not to the Congressional Black Caucus and the liberal media.
Listen to Ryan’s original statement and watch the commentary offered by HuffPost Live’s Josh Zepps and Elise Foley, then check out “Air Force Academy cadets revolting over Bible passage removal.”
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