lucius_gantt_1.jpgMagic is a performing art that entertains audiences by staging tricks or creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats using natural means. These feats are called magic tricks, effects or illusions.

One who performs such illusions is called a magician or an illusionist. Some performers may also be referred to by names reflecting the type of magical effects they present, such as prestidigitators, conjurors, mentalists or escape artists.

The world’s greatest magicians are the government illusionists. People whom you voted for to represent you in government make you think they are representing you when they are really representing themselves.

The biggest tricks are being pulled on African-American citizens and African-American-owned businesses. Politicians will tell you that they like you, tell you that they support you, tell you that they will protect you and tell you that they will help you. But the truth of the matter is that politicians have made anything and everything that appears to be for minorities, the disadvantaged or the diverse vanish and disappear.

Black communities, black schools, black organizations and black people that put their favorite politicians first are always put last by the people they voted for.

The government programs allegedly created to assist black business appear to be merely roadblocks that unfairly require non-white vendors to fill out mounds of paperwork and so called “certifications,” while white businesses only have to submit a bid for government jobs.

When government illusionists are asked, “How much government money was spent with black businesses?” black businessmen are instructed to ask the white contractors.

Government illusionists make you think there is a government contract in the hat when all that is in the hat is a white rabbit. Some people hired by governments to assist black businesses try their best to help but most employees of so-called Black Business offices have never run a business, never made a payroll, never paid a business tax and, perhaps, never spent money with a black business.

Black elected officials are magicians, too. They vote on government appropriations but when black businesses say they are not given chances to participate in government contracting opportunities, the black legislators say they didn’t know that. Cubans, for instance, have their participation in government programs like lotteries written into law.

Now, you tell me again, why it is mandatory to do business with Cubans and other Hispanics but it is also OK to do zero business with African Americans?

Tricky politicians will fuss and fight for months about fiscal cliffs and debt limits but at the end of the day all they will do is print more money, even if paper money is like a bee without honey and no stinger to back the bee up.

The easiest trick for government magicians to pull is an escape act: Get out of office and let someone else take your seat who wants to serve the people. The people are tired of being mislead, tricked and bamboozled.

Lucius Gantt, a political consultant based in Tallahassee, is author of the book Beast Too: Dead Man Writing. He may be reached at