Beyond the Rhetoric

Congressional Black Caucus: Time for a game plan

Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow ow contribuor | 5/16/2019, midnight

Of the nine Black Democrats who won their first race this year, four are billed as majority makers – Democrats who won seats previously held by Republicans. A fifth won in a traditional swing seat outside Las Vegas that has gone back and forth for decades.

This group includes Colin Allred, a former National Football League player who ousted longtime Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex) in a suburban Dallas district where Democrats did not even field a candidate two years ago.

In a special election last year, Democrats poured a record $30 million into the suburbs north of Atlanta for Jon Ossoff, who was a 30-year-old former congressional staffer. He came up short, only to watch Lucy McBath, a gun control advocate whose son was killed in a shooting, run an under the radar race to victory over the same Republican.

For decades, the all-white leadership has taken CBC seats for granted, seeing them as heavily Democratic districts in urban strongholds that will remain in their corner no matter who holds them.

Now, leaders have to cater to these new CBC members to preserve their majority in two years.”

Yes, the times are changing for the better. Now the CBC needs to come together and come up with a plan to once and for all provide Capital Access and good Black procurement participation for our ever-growing number of Black businesses. We need a better entre into the federal sector. The CBC needs to organize like they did when they took on Apartheid South Africa. Let’s take on the Apartheid in federal procurement and financial services.

If organized properly and with a viable Strategic Plan we can integrate the great American economy once and for all.

Harry C. Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce ®. Kay DeBow is the co-Founder, executive vice president of the NBCC, Website: www.nationalbcc.org Emails: halford@nationalbcc.org kdebow@nationalbcc.org

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