I was browsing the photos from today’s funeral in Detroit celebrating the life of Rosa Parks, who died October 24th at the age of 92. Immediately, I noted the ‘all-star’ lineup of attendees:
- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
- President Bill Clinton
- Senator John Kerry
- U.S. Representative John Conyers
- Senator Barack Obama
- Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
- Rev. Al Sharpton
- Minister Louis Farrakhan
- Rev. Jesse Jackson
While this was supposedly a funeral, it looked more like a meeting of the Democratic National Committee.
I’ve got a few questions about this…
Where were the Republicans? Why didn’t a conservative member of congress speak at the event? Who was invited? Where’s the invitation list? Was anyone excluded from speaking?
After viewing the photos and reading the stories about this event, it’s hard not to believe the stereotype that Black Americans belong to one political party. The fact that a Republican didn’t receive stage time only furthers this myth.
Hey, I guess I can be glad they didn’t ‘Wellstone’ this funeral.
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