Beyond the Rhetoric

Harry C. Alford National Black Chamber of Commerce | 12/6/2017, midnight

Currently, our taxation system is not fair to small businesses. Most of Black businesses are small. However, during this discussion about tax reform there are members of the CBC who are fighting this reform that would benefit fledging Black small business owners who are the main catalyst for Black job growth. So ironic!

High incarceration rates, poor education, poverty, poor health management and so on – just what is the CBC about? Is it an arm of the progressive side of the Democratic Party? If so, it would be of no benefit to Black American citizens. What if it changed its charter, if there is a charter. What if it would devote itself to independence from either political party and concentrated on the issues of health, law, economics, and education for Black communities? It seems like that would be a productive and beneficial position to take. However, as noble as that is, no political party could truly exist under those tenets. Politics is ebb and flow - full of compromise and betrayal. It is about power without regret. Could the name, CBC, be a misnomer or oxymoron?

Perhaps there could be two beneficial Black congressional organizations. One representing the Republican side and another representing the Democratic side. To say that there is one body representing the philosophy of both sides just doesn’t seem doable. Does it?

Harry C. Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce ®. Website: www.nationalbcc.org Email: halford@nationalbcc.org Follow the conversation @NationalBCC