Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hurray for the NRA?

Hurray For the NRA?

After the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre, the debate about guns/gun control/firearm reduction began and well it should have. Tomorrow, January 10, Vice President Joe Biden will meet with “stakeholders,” according to President Obama’s announcement on December 19 to convene such a meeting. It was reported by Reuters on December 28 that the NRA had not been invited to the meeting, according to NRA President David Keene.

Law enforcement, cabinet members, mayors of various cities, gun safety groups, and a host of other stakeholders were invited. Then the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre said that armed guards are needed in every school. That doesn’t even deserve a comment. But suddenly, the NRA got invited to the meeting—also called “invited to the table”—and yes, they are going to be there.

I never thought I would be on the same side of anything concerning the NRA, but I’m with them on this one. I am with them because I know what it’s like to be left out of important talks in Washington—Project RACE has been left out for the past 12 years of our 23 year existence. We were the favorite advocates for the multiracial community throughout the 1990s, not because we were the only ones talking, but we had friends in high places listening and we insisted that our allies and some of those naysayers were included. We were coming to dinner and bringing other stakeholders with us. As a result, we were responsible for the decision by the Office of Management and Budget and the US Census Bureau to allow multiracial people to at the very least check more than one box on the census forms and with all other government agencies.

Why the multiracial advocacy lost its place at the table is a long, amazing, involved story—and one for another time, I promise—but once you are uninvited at the table, you are apparently disenfranchised completely by the White House. We have made many attempts to get at least one reliable, responsible, knowledgeable person from the multiracial community represented at meetings in Washington, and although we have not been successful, we do persevere on an almost daily basis, and will continue to do so.

So my hat’s off to the NRA, not because I agree with them, but because they did, indeed, get invited to the table.  


  1. Why is Washington so afraid of including Project RACE in their discussions? Did they forget that Multiracial people VOTE?!


  2. Yes, they are afraid of Project RACE because we hold them accountable and are here for the right reason—to knowledgeably represent the multiracial community. Some communities have 30 people or more intelligent people representing their issues on Washington committees. They easily forget that we are voters and do nothing to see that voters can “check more than one race” on voter registration forms.

  3. I'm curious. Can anyone tell me who is representing us in Washington if Project RACE has been, pardon the pun, black-balled? I certainly hope he or she is as knowledgeable and dedicated to the Multiracial community as Susan Graham and Project RACE have proven to be.

  4. Thanks, Anonymous. Last year the Census Bureau invited Eric Hamako to be on an advisory committee. We do not consider Mr. Hamako to be responsible for or knowledgeable about the multiracial community. He uses Census Bureau lingo like “TOMR” for two or more races and “Moom” people—mark one or more—instead of terminology used by the community he is supposed to represent. His interest and writings have been about multiracial ZOMBIES, which the bureau has reluctantly finally acknowledged. Watch for more about this committee soon.

  5. Oh great! Where did they dig that guy up from? I've seen some of his crap and that's just what it is--crap. Personally, I do NOT want to be represented by HIM. Who is he trying to impress with his use of TOMR and MOOM? He certainly doesn't impress us. ZOMBIES! Poor man, didn't his Mommy tell him they aren't real and WE ARE? This is BS.

  6. Well said, Susan. And to add to the comments above, not only are multiracial people voters, but they are the fasting growing racial segment of our population. And kids under 18 don't stay under 18 for long, so look out. The political power of this group will only grow stronger. Washington can not continue to close the door in the face of multiracial Americans.