(Photo: Sen. Nat Oaks and Delegate Bilal Ali pictured at a local restaurant)
“In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard.”
― Nicholas Sparks,
(BALTIMORE – April 14, 2017) – David Simon’s ‘The Wire’ seems to have turned fiction into life in an aberrant way once again.
The Baltimore Sun has never been an ally of the black community. At the same time, they are the daily record of occurrences. After all, it is their job to report the so-called news.
So, when a veteran legislator, i.e. Maryland State Delegate Nat Oaks, falls for the same dumb stuff he did back in the 80s, best believe … they are going to call him out.
As impending reports of Oaks’ probable departure from the Maryland General Assembly fluttered news feeds last Friday, including social media, of Oaks’ recent plunge back into the atmosphere of political corruption over a mere $15,300, my heart sank. Shit! Here again, the white folks get to point fingers at us (black folks) and our inability to get out of our own way. Again, “they” get to put us on the highlight film with the underlying caption, ‘See, this is why we have no respect for them.’
Hopefully, my doom and gloom notions are just that. At the same time, I am reminded of what my father meant when he said that we had to be twice as good to compete with our white counterparts.
My heart is so low. I cannot believe that a man I have watched celebrate his Afrocentrism for decades – boldly and proudly – has fallen, not once but twice in Annapolis. He made history with this latest offense because it just does not happen.
A couple of things pissed me off, though. Maybe they were not racist, but I am the author of a book named “Unapologetically Black.”
My disdain, only in part, comes from a slur from Dan Rodricks: Rodericks suggested the people of the 41st district would not think too low of Nat since this is only his second offense in three decades, as if our standards are low – as if we accept anything.
Regardless of the modicum of truth in Rodericks’ statement, it is the audacity of a non-Baltimorean/New Englander who thinks he can spew what he wants without retribution. A typical white liberal who pretends to understand the plight of Black America, who scantily produces a work of literary art from time to time cloaked in concern – who the hell is Rodericks to comment anything on how we live?
Yet, his point, I must admit, is valid. I just don’t care to hear the truth from a come-up writer who – at the end of the day – only represents a mainstream perspective that is lacking any comprehension of the black condition in a country riddled with mountainous violations against non-whites from their very murderous and rape-infested beginning. Rodericks is not black and will never be.
Yes. If convicted, Oaks would become a historical blunder that most black people cannot wait to forget. However, let me hear Rodericks address the uneven development in Baltimore – stymied by Neanderthal liberals of the ilk of a Martin O’Malley who proceeded to arrest one in six Baltimoreans, all the while pretending to be the same Democratic Party-loving person we have set ourselves up to believe we are. How dare he?
If Rodericks wants to gain some true street cred, then call-out the ill practices of white institutional racism that pretends that the Baltimore City Public School system should not have been raided years ago.
If Rodericks really wants some points, then let him go after all of the sentencing disparities that have blacks in America more incarcerated – according to the Bureau of Justice statistics – than white counterparts despite the fact that blacks are only 13% of the US prison population. While white comprise 39% of the cells, blacks own 40% of the prison accommodations.
But, Rodericks doesn’t nor will he ever get it – because, in my honest opinion, he is a white dude that thinks he is smart and that black people are not.
On this case, I have to defer to the facts. Wrong is wrong. I just don’t feel like it at the moment: Maybe tomorrow!