Affirmative action, which helped educational inequities, has been weakened nationwide. Qualifying for student loans that helped parents send their children to college has been made more difficult, which has disproportionately impacted HBCU students. The public school system that educated me and many others is in freefall.

As we have seen, even with the President, race still matters and needs to be at the center of our efforts in Congress. It’s a shame that a group of rioters in Ferguson throwing Molotov cocktails got more attention paid to relations and police brutality, than our Congress has in the last 15 years.

“Too many Black intellectuals have given up the hard work of thinking carefully in public about the crisis facing Black America,” Eddie Glaude, the chair of the Center for African-American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Princeton University, once told me. “We have either become cheerleaders for President Obama, or self-serving pundits.”

I expect our Blacks in Congress to fight for parity in education, health care and the economy. I expect them to put a plan in place to bring us up to speed with our counterparts across the nation. I expect them to do something about our inner-city public school systems, where classroom sizes have ballooned to 45 kids in places like Detroit and Philadelphia. I expect them to raise the minimum wage.

I expect them to do something about the 3.6 million Black children living in poverty. I expect them to represents the have-nots and the downtrodden; I expect them to represent hope. I expect them to challenge, rebuke and replace the Bachmann’s of the world.

Zack Burgess is an award winning journalist, who is the Director/Owner of OFF WOODWARD MEDIA, LLC, where he works as a Writer, Editor and Communications Specialist. Twitter: @zackburgess1

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