The Black Press backs VP Harris’ new communications director, Jamal Simmons
He is one of five high-ranking black men leading the way to the White House.
He is none other than Detroit native Jamal Simmons, and he was recently named in early January as Vice President Kamala Harris’s new communications director.
Simmons, a political analyst (who has appeared on national news networks like MSNBC and CNN), is no stranger to the spotlight or working diligently behind the scenes.
In the Harris administration, he was also tapped to work under President Joe Biden ensuring the country’s leaders continue to steer a tight ship as they pass the one-year milestone to assume their roles. first and second in command.
Simmons, a graduate of Cass Technical High School, has deep family roots in Detroit that go back generations, including when his father, the Reverend Larry Simmons (pastor at Baber Memorial AME Church in the Brightmoor neighborhood) worked for the then-mayor Coleman A. . Young. His grandfather was also a civil rights activist in Detroit decades before.
Simmons’ influential family has also graced the pages of the Michigan Chronicle on several occasions for their work, political impact and community activism.
Simmons, who comes from a good stock, has followed in his family’s footsteps — while making leaps and bounds — with moves in his professional career that have taken him to Washington, DC, and the White House. He rests on the shoulders of many who still cheer him on in Detroit and beyond.
With extensive experience leading numerous presidential campaigns (including those of Bill Clinton and Al Gore), the Morehouse College and Harvard University graduate’s impressive resume speaks for itself.
Despite his passion for disenfranchised communities, Simmons, however, has recently faced an unfortunate public backlash.
In November 2010, Simmons posted several tweets, which recently came to light about “undocumented people” and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) picking them up.
The tweets surfaced days after Simmons was hired into Harris’ administration. It’s more than fair to say that Simmons’ comment was taken out of context and not malicious – it was in fact misrepresented by others who aimed to try and defame his name and prestigious position to the White House. His tireless pro-immigrant stance shows negative commentators where he really stands – for the people.
The editorial board of the Michigan Chronicle, and the institution that is the Michigan Chronicle, are backing Simmons, who has let opponents know that while he made a mistake, his position on immigration has been crystal clear: he cares about the Latino/Hispanic community. and protecting immigrant rights, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and “easing the path to citizenship”.
“Sometimes I was sarcastic, unclear or just missed the mark. I sincerely apologize for offending those who care as much as I do about making America the best multi-ethnic and diverse democracy there is,” Simmons said in a reply tweet.
It’s unfortunate that even though he expressed remorse for unintentionally offending his allies in this off-color tweet, pro-right camps, among others, are trying to ignore or downplay his true intentions while dragging his name into the limelight. mud.
Fortunately, it has since received recognition and understanding in response from members of the Latino/Hispanic community.
Fortunately, his track record lives up to all the evidence of his pro-immigration stance and his efforts to strengthen the Latin American community. In 2007-2008, Simmons assisted the Nevada caucus by ensuring that issues facing the Latino community were prioritized by leaders and by recording and encouraging the Hispanic vote.
As director of the Raben Group (a diverse body of professionals with experience in law and progressive public policy) for nine years, Simmons joined colleagues who supported immigrant rights groups and developed media strategies.
Additionally, as a podcast host and media interviewer, Simmons has provided a platform for immigrant rights activists, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Latino strategists to make their case directly to the public.
In various media appearances, Simmons has raised concerns about the unjust bad reputation of Mexican immigration, including on CNN’s PAULA ZAHN NOW show on January 24, 2007.
Simmons told Zahn that no one complains about a Polish waitress who overstays her visa.
“I grew up in Detroit, across the Canadian border. Canadians come to Michigan all the time. No one complains that they stay and go to school and do whatever else they want to do,” he told the media personality. “People are complaining about Latinos, Hispanics crossing the border from the south, and being in school with their kids. That’s the problem… It’s Mexican immigration.
Even more recently, last October, on CNN’s Erin Burnett Out Front, he spoke out against the immigration debate and opposed a border fence.
” Let’s be clear. What we are talking about is not just immigration reform. It’s Hispanic immigration reform,” he said, adding that Americans, for the most part, are concerned that Mexican Americans, Hondurans and “others” are going through the border.
“We talk about this fence; by some estimates it’s $4 million per mile for a 2,000 mile fence, or about $8 billion for – and by the way, we don’t even have a lot of immigration right now because our economy is doing so poorly… So the immigration trickle has really slowed down,” Simmons said. “So we just don’t need to start spending $8 billion on something when we can do something much better with it.”
He’s also been known to say that Trump’s “Make America Great Again” was actually a euphemism for “Make America White Again.”
One thing is certain, Simmons is above the noise, unfair critics and naysayers who only want to highlight the past.
The Editorial Board of the Michigan Chronicle and the Michigan Chronicle support Simmons and recognize him for his well-deserved role in the Biden-Harris administration and for all of his future work and projects.
Congratulations, Simmons, here is what awaits you on your remarkable journey.