Itâ€™s almost as though the Black vote doesnâ€™t exist and doesnâ€™t matter.Â It seems as though Democrats are saying why pay attention or pander to Blacks; they know Blacks will always give them their vote and not expect or demand anything in return. The Hispanic vote is only influential in a few states:Â California, New Mexico, or Nevada to name a few. They tend to congregate in large numbers in a small number of states.The Black vote is wide and deep, especially in the South and Northeast.
Just as the Democrats seem to be happy with the perception that they are for the Black community, though this is not backed up by the facts, the Republicans seem to be happy accepting the notion that they will never get any significant support from the Black community, though this is not backed up by the facts
To our parents and grandparents, having a Black president was a dream long before it was a reality.Â Who could ever imagine after surviving slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement, that America would ever be ready to elect a Black president?Â During our sleep was the only realm in which we thought this would ever be possible, and certainly not twice.
So I would strongly caution Dr. Carson: Tread carefully before deciding to run for president. Most of the people who are telling you to run will refuse to give you money if and when you throw your hat into the ring. They will come up with all types of excuses as to why they are financially unable to give you a contribution, despite all the months of exhorting you to run. Remember, â€śWhen all is said and done, thereâ€™s more said than done.â€ť
During the past six years, some Republicans and conservatives have described President Obama and his administration as totally incompetent. I have harshly criticized those who would use such incendiary language because it showed total disrespect for the office of the presidency.Though I still think this language is totally inappropriate, I have come to agree with the point they were trying to make: this administration is in way over its head. Obama and his team constantly lie to the American people (IRS, Benghazi, illegal immigration), they put the interests of others before the interests of Americans, and they are obsessed with the notion of being â€śliked.â€ť
So, letâ€™s be real, pro sports could care less about domestic violence or child abuse (nor should theyâ€”they are not a social welfare agency).Â They are about making money and if they have to pretend to care about these issues to keep the money flowing, then they are willing to make an example out of Ray Rice and anyone else who stands between them and their $10 billion a year revenue.
To his credit, Scott has not bought into the ridiculous notion that you canâ€™t be Black and Republican, too. I have never heard him make the asinine statement that â€śI am not a Black senator, I am a senator who happens to be Black,â€ť as though he was just walking down the street and â€śBlacknessâ€ť suddenly jumped all over him.
On the very day that Michael Brown, the slain teenager from Ferguson, Mo., was buried, the Congressional Black Caucus made a major announcement. They sent a letter complaining to President Obama. Yep, you heard correctly. They took the bold move of asking the president to investigate issues of racism and discrimination within local law enforcement nationally by setting up a police czar.
The fact that Blacks have the power of the vote is undeniable. They have the power to control the political climate in Ferguson â€“ that is no fairytale. The question is do they have the courage to look at the man in the mirror and make that change? Do they have the heart to change their apathetic approach to voting as a perpetual tribute to Michael Brown? Do they have the brains to understand the power dynamics of voting?
For the past 30 years, we have created images of Blacks in the most negative of lights. For those who would say itâ€™s just music, itâ€™s just a movie, itâ€™s just a reality TV show; I say now there is just another Black body lying in the streets of America.