America Is Great When It’s Unreasonable My Friend. : ThyBlackMan

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America Is Great When It’s Unreasonable My Friend.

April 9, 2019 by  
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( Last week I was totally mortified when I heard former U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder ask on national TV, “Exactly when did you think America was great?


You have got to be kidding me.  This, from a man whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Barbados and their child ended up being the first Black U.S. Attorney General in the history of our country.  Really?

I wrote a column about this two years ago and stated, “…Here are a few questions for my liberal friends. If America is so racist, how did we elect a Black man as president? If America is so racist, how did we have two consecutive Black secretaries of state (Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice)? If America is so racist, how did we have two consecutive [Black] attorneys general (Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch)? If America is so racist, how are African-Americans making millions of dollars in sports, music, business and technology?… America was great when former President Lincoln freed the slaves. America was great when Congress passed the Civil and Voting Rights Acts in the 60s. America was great when they elected the first Black president in 2008. America was great when we witnessed, yet again, the peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump from Barack Obama, despite just witnessing one of the nastiest presidential elections in our nation’s history.”

America is still great when a white Republican congressman friend of mine, Rep. Paul Gosar from Arizona’s 4th congressional district, asks me to work with him to put together a economic summit of some of the top minority entrepreneurs from across the country because he wants to know how he can help them grow their firms and  find out from them what their concerns are so he can be a facilitator for addressing their concerns.

We had a packed hotel ballroom of Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Indians and even the Vice President of the Navajo Nation.  Attendees came from all over the country.

What is more indicative of America’s greatness than diversity?

A white congressman, co-hosting a major economic forum with a Black from the hood of St. Louis.  Minority entrepreneurs from across the country who would normally never be in the same room together discussing ways they can work together.

A liberal media described “racist,” president Trump thought enough of our event to dispatch three of his top aides to join us:  Henry Childs, II, National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA); Michael Platt, Assistant Secretary Legislative and intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce; Anthony Foti, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Congressman Gosar, by any measure, has one of the best staffs in Washington, DC.  His Chief of Staff, Thomas Van Flein and Leslie Foti, Director of Scheduling & Administration, are two of the sharpest staffers in DC; they are all in on promoting minority entrepreneurs.

America is great when freshman Congresswoman, Debbie Lesko, from Arizona’s 8th congressional district, makes time to participate in our summit and asks me to visit with her in her DC office to find out how she can work with me in my efforts to help minority businessmen.

America is great when the elected Vice President of the Navajo Nation, Myron Lizer, plainly states that he wants to find ways to do business with the Black community.

America is great when the newly elected chairman of the Arizona Republican Party admits that the party need to do a much better job engaging with the minority community throughout the country; and wants me to work with her in this pursuit.

I told Congressman Gosar that we have definitely struck a vein with our economic summit.  He is reconvening us back in Phoenix in June to execute our next steps.

The attendees, without exception, have committed to staying engaged with our initiative and are excited that we are totally focused on helping them produce new revenue streams.

We have already begun to receive calls from across the country asking us to bring our show to their cities.

If the Republican Party begins to focus on what makes America great, we can make major strides within the minority community.

America’s diversity is its greatest strength.  If you take our diversity and tie it to the American entrepreneurial spirit, that’s a helluva combination that has broad appeal to the minority voter.

Those who follow my columns know that I have been a big critic of the party’s lack of substantive engagement with the minority community; but I am very encouraged that people like Congressman Gosar and Lesko and Kelli Ward seem to really understand the potential of the minority business community.

As I stated during my remarks at last week’s summit, “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man adapts the world to himself; therefore, all progress is dependent upon the unreasonable man.”

I hope the Republican Party and the Trump administration begins to become unreasonable!

Staff Writer; Raynard Jackson

This talented brother is a Pulitzer Award nominated columnist and founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit You can follow Raynard on Twitter; Raynard1223.



3 Responses to “America Is Great When It’s Unreasonable My Friend.”
  1. America is, on the one hand, great, and on the other hand, deficient. Slavery, the subjugation of Native Americans, Jim Crow and a long list of other deficiencies, falls on the negative side. Democracy, Social Security, Medicare, the Civil Rights Act, Brown v Board of Education, the campaign against Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan, along with the USSR, fall on the plus side. Today, we are losing the battle to the oligarchs. Beginning with Ronald Reagan, the war on the unions has reduced the vast middle class so that about forty percent of the population lives paycheck-to-paycheck. The wealthy (having purchased the loyalty of Republican politicians) have plundered the Social Security reserves and granted themselves trillions in handouts. Republicans are waging a war against democracy with their voter suppression campaigns. Trump, if there is anything good to say about him, might be the wakeup call that Middle America needed to take back our country.

  2. Raynard,

    The summits are a great beginning. However, we must remember that creating more minority businesses requires depth and knowledge of the government and its systems. Academic-industrial partnerships are critical to the development of new minority enterprises. Minority business development systems need to be evaluated and updated. It needs to move away from one’s minority status to producing products and services required in the global economy. We can have minority-owned Microsoft’s Apple’s, billion dollar companies versus today’s million dollar companies. It requires the expansion of research and planning dollars that the minority community does not receive. Let’s be unreasonable and get our fair share of all Federal investments.

  3. Jaye Moles says:

    I hear what you are attempting to forward here, but:

    If America is so racist…first Black President…????

    You mean the President who was depicted as a dead gorilla when it came to the ACA? The President who had someone call his wife an ape in heels?

    I could go on and on, but let’s not confuse progress with “we are there”…

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