Dear white progressives: Stop telling black people how to vote – Salon.com

Janessa Robinson‘s article explicates the angst that many conscious Black voters have faced each election cycle since they have been allowed to vote. Mind you I said conscious. Conversations on social media have been dripping with Black and White Democrats urgently proclaiming, pre-general election, that any Democrat is better than a Republican politician. Considering the overt racist bent of the Republican Party, I do not argue this point. What Robinson and informed voters argue is that while we are still riffling through our picks in the Primary elections, why not consider just who is best to champion the already late unpacking of a racist system.

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The short excerpt of a concise history and present mirror of Black voter manipulation below offers a glimpse of the disregard for Black intelligence. But reading the article to completion will embolden those who genuinely seek leadership willing to take on the most overlooked egregious politicking committed by both White Liberals and some of our own Black leaders. Good job, Janessa Robinson. Read on:

White liberals generally do not want to be racist, although not many truly understand systemic racism, but they fear how they will protect their white and class privilege in the event that the blatantly racist political party takes power. How will they sustain policies that benefit the white middle class without the black voting base? Will they need to shift their racial attitudes to align with the repugnant right in an attempt to infiltrate the Republican Party? Either way, they are surely not concerned with the opinions or experiences of black people, as they chastise and attempt to bully us into supporting their candidates. Black people are lambasted for daring to vocalize our disillusionment with the political system — and it doesn’t take long for the white liberal who once posed as an ally to employ the “black people don’t vote” negative stereotype to back us into the corner of choosing to either refute the trope or investing time into invalidating it.

via Dear white progressives: Stop telling black people how to vote – Salon.com.

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