Where are our Blacks leaders when we need them?

Miami Times Editorial Department | 10/3/2013, 9 a.m.

Two things happened on Tuesday, October 1 that should make all Blacks in America stand up and take notice. But it wasn’t like we didn’t see this coming. What is more alarming is the fact that few Black leaders bothered to say anything about what might happen if we citizens were allowed to fall over the cliff. And a cliff is where we now stand.

The first happening that we must address is the shutdown of the federal government — a senseless and vicious move prompted by the Republican party in order to force President Barack Obama to do their bidding. Rather than accept the Affordable Healthcare Act, alternatively referred to as ObamaCare, the GOP would rather stop this nation cold in its tracks in order to prove that they have the power — not our Black president. While we believe that this impasse will eventually be resolved, it is one that shows how mean-spirited the Republican leadership can be when they don’t get their way. Those Blacks who work for the federal government — and there are millions who do — are suddenly left without a paycheck and for an unspecified amount of time.

Then there are the cuts in food stamps that also went into effect on October 1st. We need say no more about what this will do to those who continue to struggle between paying their rent and buying groceries. So while tea party cronies eat steak and lobster, millions of U.S. citizens must now worry about how to feed themselves and their families.

Why haven’t our Black leaders stepped forward yet? Where are they when we really need them?