DE Governor’s Weekly Message 2/12/2016

Accepting Our Past to Build a Brighter Future

By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell

This past week, I proudly issued our state’s annual proclamation for Black History Month – an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of remarkable Delawareans. They’re people like famous civil rights attorney Louis Redding, community leader and Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League founder James Gilliam Sr., and jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown as well as the many talented musicians who perform at the festival bearing his name. We also unveiled the state’s new exhibit marking 125 years of great contributions by students and faculty of Delaware State University.

As we recognize these extraordinary accomplishments, we realize that this month is not just about black history, it’s about Delaware’s history – it’s about achievements that have a made a difference for everyone in our communities. We should be reminded what’s possible when we give all of our people the chance to realize their potential. In Delaware and across our country, African-Americans have often been denied that opportunity, and this month’s celebrations show we have made progress, but we have more to do. I signed the General Assembly’s formal resolution apologizing for the state’s role in slavery because a candid acknowledgement and acceptance of our past is the only way to understand our present and take full responsibility for our future.

We must refuse to forget our past and instead be determined to learn from it as we tackle issues that trouble us today, like the disproportionate representation of people of color in our criminal justice system. We must accept the responsibility of tearing down barriers that face so many of our neighbors as a result of historic discrimination. Every step we take toward opportunity for all brings us closer to the society we want for ourselves and our children. It means more great Delaware achievers of all races. And it keeps Delaware moving forward.


6 thoughts on “DE Governor’s Weekly Message 2/12/2016”

  1. I forget, when is “White History Month?”

    I am sick-and-tired of having black this and black that shoved down my throat. I thought we wanted a “colorblind” society? If you’re an American, you’re an American. Why the need for “African” American? Why the need for a “Congressional Black Caucus?” How is the “United Negro College Fund” legal? Why does a proven liar- a man with of history of inciting violence- accepted as an appointed spokesperson for “black America?”

    Personally, I’ve found blacks to be the most racist people on the planet. And the most violent; just check the urban murder rate.

    The Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter and other hate-whitey organizations need to comprehend one thing; if it’s so bad here, why not go back to Africa?

    Answer; they don’t have the guts.

  2. @Rick:

    We heard that Archie BUNKer argument in junior high school and it sucks on both sides of the coin.

  3. I don’t hear “good blacks” condemning Sharpton, Obama, Jackson, the radicals of the Congressional Black Caucus, Black Lives Matter or any other of the hate whitey “spokespersons” or their media sycophants. Fine.

    The other side of the coin is that I will return the favor in kind. If it is a racist they want, a racist they will get.

    Sorry that you have been stupefied by political correctness. Your mind is in a fog. Your Founders, your republican government, your economic system- your culture- is under attack. And you are afraid to care. Pathetic.

  4. From today’s FOX News:

    A decorated former Marine was attacked and robbed by at least four people at a Washington D.C. McDonald’s last week, according to local police.

    Christopher Marquez, 30, an Iraq War vet, told the Washington Post he was eating in a back corner of the restaurant when a group of teens and young men approached his table.

    “They saw me and crowded around … and they started asking me if I believed black lives matter,” Marquez told the paper. “I was ignoring them, then they started calling me racist.”

    At that point, Marquez said he left the McDonald’s, but was knocked unconscious by a blow to his head. When he came to, his pants were ripped and his wallet, which contained $400 in cash, three credit cards and VA medical card among other items, was missing.

    According to the Daily Caller, which first reported the incident, Marquez was able to take a cab back to his apartment, where building employees called police. He was treated at George Washington University Hospital for head trauma.

    Marquez served in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2011. He was awarded the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device for valor during the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, in November 2004. Marquez is one of two Marines depicted carrying then-1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal out of the so-called “Hell House” in a famous photograph.

    Good thing Marquez wasn’t armed. If he’d have shot one or more of the cowardly little punks, the media would be showing their third-grade pictures and saying “look at these innocent children.”

    As one who was born in Washington DC, and lived in the area for forty years, I know this is a common occurrence. He made two mistakes. First, never go into a predominately black restaurant. Second, start throwing punches first- try to take-out the biggest thug first. Don’t be afraid to use a chair, glass bottle or pole. You are dealing with feral predators.

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