“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Malcolm X
It may be time the Department of Energy and the Drug Enforcement Agency test the air and water at The Washington Post, not for any criminal conduct, but rather for health and environmental hazards.
There has to be something in the air and water affecting the editorial board and its columnists.
Several years (decades honestly) ago when I was an assistant to the Director of Government Affairs for the United Negro College Fund, I had the pleasure of meeting the former publisher of The Washington Post, Ms. Katharine Graham. Moreover, on one occasion I escorted Ms. Graham into a leadership awards dinner hosted by the College Fund.
Over time I have met the late Ms. Graham’s son, Mr. Donald Graham and granddaughter, Ms. Katharine Weymouth.
It is clear The Washington Post today, particularly its editorial board, is not the same newspaper of Ms. Graham’s era.
Despite its reportedly having liberal leanings and supposedly championing equal rights for all, the Post’s editorial board today is viewed by many District voters as racially insensitive, arrogant, intellectually hypocritical, and promoting racial divisiveness through its op-ed pages.
In the last mayoral elections District voters, primarily African-American, squarely rejected former District Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and by political extension former DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Since that time the Post, via editorials written by Ms. Jo-Ann Armao and opinions of other Post columnists, has presumed District African-Americans are incapable of political and public policy intelligence.
Its criticism of District Democratic African-American leadership has been slanted, biased, and racially insensitive designed to ridicule and to foster local distrust of all local civic and public service performed District Democratic African-American leadership.
Democrats, … as much as we got attacked … were willing to step up because it was the right thing to do. And the other side could not do that. President Obama
In the last District special election, the Post published several editorials supporting the Republican candidate Mr. Patrick Mara as At-large Council member. Although, Ms. Armao and the Post editorial board got it wrong, there will never be an admission of how out of touch Ms. Armao is with the views of a majority of District residents.
When the Post, during the past District special election, published an editorial written by Ms. Armao, accusing District Councilwoman Anita Bonds of using or playing the race and later picked up by columnist Mr. Robert McCartney, they insulted the intelligence of all District voters, not just District African-American voters.
Ms. Armao and Mr. McCartney also presented and pushed forward a lie about Councilwoman Bonds, DC Democrats, and District African-Americans with the clear intent of sending a specific signal to white District voters.
This “game”, race card, and deck are squarely in the hands of Ms. Armao and Mr. McCartney. And sadly Ms. Weymouth is sitting back as banker to this racial intolerance.
There is an outright editorial double standard at play by The Washington Post.
The clear political goal of Ms. Armao and Mr. McCartney is not to change District public policy, but rather to label all District African-American leadership as inept, corrupt, and lazy with the only possible and acceptable remedy is to remove African-Americans from District leadership, if not out of the District of Columbia completely.
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