As I was cooking some chili tonight, I sort of listening to "Newshour with Jim Leher" and they began talking about the situation in Darfur with Senators Sam Brownback and Barack Obama. It was good to see such bipartisan cooperation, especially from Senator Brownback, a man that I don't agree with on a lot of issues. Brownback has taken a strong lead in this issue and he needs to commended for that.
It is also hearting to see Olympic Speed skater Joey Cheek donate his winnings to those suffering in Darfur.
But I have one question. Where is the African American community when it comes to Darfur?
I might be wrong about this, but with the exception of Senator Obama, I don't hear much of black America talking about this issue and we should be. Twenty years ago, it was the black churches as well as other prominent black leaders who took the lead in fighting against the aparthied regime in South Africa. Now, when genocide faces the African continent, there is nary a peep. Why?
Why is it that a white Senator from Kansas and a white speed skater from North Carolina seem to care more about some black folk in Africa than, well black folk?
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe there are a whole bunch of black musicians and sports figures doing something. I surely hope so. Because with all the talk about Africa being the "motherland" you'd think Black America would be doing something.