Congressional Black Caucus: 'Warriors without a war plan'

Beyond the Rhetoric

Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow | 11/7/2019, midnight

The CBC needs to get back to following this plan. Whenever corporations, federal agencies, etc. appear before a congressional committee, the CBC representatives on that committee must demand to see the plan and proof of Black inclusion resulting from the proposed legislation or rule. “Show us the money” should be the mantra of every member of the CBC. When they have their routine meetings and hearings, they should review the “score cards” on how much they are "Blackenizing” the rules and regulations coming across their desks. We have many miles to go to be where we should be. Time is truly wasting!

From now on, every cabinet member and agency head should fear coming before the CBC during a Congressional Hearing or Nomination if his track record concerning Black inclusion is weak or anemic. If an agency head is weak in Black inclusion – particularly procurement and lending – they should resign before they come in or change their status in revolutionary form

and deliberate speed.

Come on CBC, “If not you then who; if not now then when?” Right now, the latest move coming from the CBC is a 'national listening tour.” That is, Town Hall meetings across the nation to listen to what their constituents say they need. That is bunk! We already know: Procurement opportunities, business development, capital access like I-40 going west, etc. The CBC can make this happen. All they need is a little organization, strategic planning and courage.

A lot of great people died along this way to political empowerment. Let us do their legacy right, by taking advantage of what they made possible with their sweat, blood and tears. 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 Chamber. Website: www.nationalbcc.org Emails: halford@nationalbcc.org kdebow@nationalbcc.org