In my humble opinion…
This past week a willing and able volunteer decided to step aside from a battle
between the establishment and the rank and file. The lion decided not to roar,
but wait and toil in the fields of Boston a little longer until it becomes
wise to launch a war to obtain an historic victory, instead of losing a valiant,
but ill time battle for the right to represent Massachusetts's 8th Congressional
The Reverend Ambassador Charles Stith shed the distinguished robe of the President
of the United States' representative to the state of Tanzania to again don
the luminous robe of a minister with a vision to serve people by leading them
into a battle for justice, respect, and honor. Charles Stith pondered the idea
of running for US Congress this year in Boston, but after meeting with advisors
this past week he decided to forgo this year's race and to consider running
against Representative Mike Capuano (D) in 2006.
One of Stith's decisions to seek a congressional office was initiated with
the recognition that the Boston district was created with the intent to give
a person of color a fair chance on being elected to represent their community.
The City of Boston's population has the largest number of people of color
and the 8th District has the state's largest percentage of people of color
in Massachusetts. Rep. Capuano, who is not a person of color, said that no
one should vote for a candidate, 'just because they happen to be the same race
or gender." Capuano later stated, 'I remember the words of Martin Luther
King," he added. 'People should be judged on their character, not the
color of their skin."
Congressman Mike Capuano you are correct.
You have not met with the representatives of the organization consisting of
Black ministers in Boston. You have not sought to hear from the called leaders
who serve, lead, and converse with the people to whom you say you have an outstanding
record of representing and will run on a record, which supports this claim.
You have not come to realize that quotes taken out of context do not make slogans
to run and win elections.
Therefore, since you have not sought the advice or thought it worthy to maintain
a relationship with the cities clergy then you must understand if one were
to judge your character it may come into question and not because of the color
of your skin. But, we are not interested in sitting as one's judge. Stith's
candidacy was not a personal attack against you. Alternately, it was a community's
proclamation that we have decided to take care of our business.
Today, you have been given a reprieve from what could have been the battle
of your political life. Perhaps you will meet with the clergy and their constituents
from where this Black Methodist preacher, Charles Stith, has been called out
from to represent their interests, dreams, and aspirations. These are the people
to whom you wish to serve.
Perhaps this is an opportunity for a community of color to organize and unite
a sleeping giant for the purpose of not simply winning an election, but realizing
their proper position of power, strength, and leadership as the democratic
majority in a city with a reputation for disrespecting people of color.
Perhaps Congressman Capuano will seek to become Governor Capuano and The Reverend
Ambassador Stith will become The Reverend Congressman Stith in 2006.
Stith's candidacy was gallant proclamation that leadership comes from the
people and not from a self-appointed few. His candidacy was possibly a national,
if not global announcement, that people seek moral and ethical leadership that
have been both called and elected to serve. Perhaps Stith's candidacy was not
directed solely toward taking what is justly the Greater Boston's communities
to obtain, but it was a call to the pulpits and the pews to stand up for justice,
for fairness, and for truth and fight for the underrepresented, disenfranchised,
and disrespected as both candidates and voters.
Run, preacher, run – in 2006.