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Interview: Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner challenges the Black Vote | Democracy in Color

An interview by Democracy in Color‘s Aimee with former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, Leader of the Progressive Movement and Bernie Sanders Supporter:

Turner addresses the history of the Black Vote and why we are not seriously courted by Democrats in politics or policy, most especially in this coming General Election.

“I want to be proposed to, I want to get the ring. But because we are so predictable in our voting patterns, people who run for office — whether it is the Clintons or anybody else who is a Democrat — they don’t have to court us substantively, and we certainly don’t get the ring,” says Turner

“When A. Phillip Randolph, the labor leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, threatened President Roosevelt and said, “You are going to do something for the Black community or I’m going to march on you.” This was in the ’40s, before the March on Washington in the ’60s. The president didn’t want to see that, so he negotiated and we got something tangible for generations to come, for our vote. I don’t see us getting anything — the collective us — from Democrats that’s tangible for generations to come. That is the problem that I have.”

Turner challenges us to vote for our future, not our fear.

The interview in its entirety at: Democracy in Color

Source: Nina Turner: Leader of the American Progressive Movement — Democracy in Color

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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.

Candidatess 2016

 

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.

Why Democrats Got Trampled On Election Night | #OYRchallenge

A population can say more to those who are really listening, by inaction rather than their actions. Congress’s inaction during the Obama regime is a prime example. So why do we ignore this election’s cycle non-supporters? Is it because we would need to make necessary alterations to a tragic comedy played out by the gatekeepers of minority and low-income communities? Still, Democrats address the inaction as causation for crimes against their communities and loss of civil and citizen’s rights. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Democrats Get Trampled On Election Night

Democrats thought they had it all in the bag so the only necessary rhetoric to minorities and poor was “Get out and vote.” This election cycle, Liberal racism showed its head and most minority community leaders simply ignored it in hopes of future opportunities to rise in power. After 150 years of waiting, the educated young and some older African Americans are speaking out by not speaking at all.

Hip Hop artist and activist, Talib Kweli explains his views on the premise of politics and the values that should be associated with voting. “We have an intrinsic value system that celebrates giving people nothing and extracting everything from them.”


The questions no Democrat thought we want answered are:

      “Vote for what?”
      “Where are our issues represented?”
      “Other than handouts, what anti-discrimination local and national bills do you support?”
      “What have you done with the Environmental justice bill initiated by Bill Clinton back in the 20th century?”

“On Feb 11, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations“,” See: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/basics/ejbackground.html. And there it slowly became a secret to the masses. Environmental Justice covers healthy social and concrete spaces — openings for liberals to engage desperate and marginalized communities, yet the party talking points were handouts and how to survive poor, yet desperate.

Think Progress‘s October 1, 2014 article, “Federal Judge Guts The Nationwide Ban On Housing Discrimination” 

“In the housing sphere, a recent study on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that black and Asian homeseekers are shown or told about 15 to 19 percent fewer homes than whites with similar credit qualifications and housing interests…According to a study conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, African Americans and Asians who are looking for a new home are shown or informed of 15 to 19 percent fewer listings than white homebuyers with similar credit and housing interests. Similarly, African Americans with good credit were 3.5 times as likely as whites with similar credit to receive higher-interest-rate loans during the subprime lending boom. Latinos were 3.1 more likely than whites to receive the same loans. The Federal Reserve determined in 2009 that African Americans were twice as likely to be denied a loan as similarly situated whites. ” – Think Progress, http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/11/04/3588462/federal-judge-guts-nationwide-ban-on-housing-discrimination/

Marginalizing statistics greatly impacting the productivity of any group in this country and the lack of politicizing rhetoric towards this end speaks greatly to our priorities when choosing candidates. This particular article was released a month before election day. The information is readily available, especially to our concerned politicians.

Democrats depended on liberal and minority politicians, through incentives, to strong arm and shame its people into continuing a game with no winners and no attempt at addressing key issues. Oh, let us not forget fear of the GOP agendas.

The politically selected issues were women and seniors. Domestic violence against women took the threshold and we imagined millions of women battered and bruised across America, while African American families witnessed horrifying news of children shot and sprayed with tear gas. An entrée to this meal was the seasonal attack on Black athletes, despite the overwhelming examples and statistics of law enforcement employees’ domestic violence cases.

The article by Huffington Post’s Black Voices is an opening to relevant conversations beyond the “Black People don’t vote,” chosen Democratic talking points, and media manipulation of this past disgraceful election cycle. Their political rundown for 2016 strategies is refreshing.

Candidates across the country shunned the president, with one famously refusing even to say whether she voted for him; they ran from the party’s signature accomplishment, national health care reform; and they panicked when the White House considered doing broad-based immigration reform by executive action. Instead, a robust get out the vote operation was supposed to save the party, which rested its hopes in shifting demographic trends and fear of GOP extremists. But when you don’t give your voters much to “get out” for, what’s left?

“We gave Dems no reason to run,” said an adviser to President Barack Obama. “We ran as Dems-lite.”

Too light.

 

via Democrats Get Trampled On Election Night.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson Booed Off Stage in Ferguson Missouri – YouTube | #OYRchallenge

This video brought me back to a “Black people don’t vote” meeting held in one of the most federally reliant cities in the Capital Region, NY. The message was, African Americans do not vote, therefore if you are arrested and not a registered voter or have not recently voted, – you are disregarded. Another was, African Americans do not have collective issues such as other communities and groups. One of the attendees, a young child replied that her mother, with a Master’s degree, could not find employment –  “because she is Black.” The room went silent.

The speaker moved on with his agenda, pushing forward “his” chosen candidates, which was really the point of this advertised “empowerment” meeting. Who were these candidates? One woman who the speaker noted refused to personally address African American speaking engagements – the other, a woman who personally told me, when asked two years ago, how she stood on African American issues that she was only concerned with women and seniors. I left the meeting assured that these candidates would be elected on the African American vote since they were advocated through white Democratic-manufactured Black community leaders.

None of the current local or world issues was addressed at this meeting. The audience sat fearful of offending the speaker, thus projecting animosity towards the only Black city council official who had organized this meeting. The question begs, how is a city with a dormant Affirmative Action program addressed by hiring more white women, limited access to private industry employment, currently publicized race-based physical and psychological workplace attacks, and an African American community held hostage by Black representatives to manage city-wide issues affecting their health and well-being? This video may be a start. It has been proven that churches, the old stand-by, are not the answer. Community groups throwing civil service jobs, poverty programs and bread to the hungry are not the answer. One woman stated, “The birds are getting fat,” after shouting, “bread, bread, bread.” Black history month is coming fast upon us. Are we going to dig out worn photos of historic Black firsts in American establishments and politics? Or are we finally going to hold ourselves up to the mirror? If not now, then when?

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson Booed Off Stage in Ferguson Missouri – YouTube.

102-Year-Old Woman Attends Obama’s State of the Union

Speaking about improving the voting experience for citizens, President Barack Obama tells the story of Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old Floridian, who waited more than six hours to vote.

 

What’s the Matter With Florida? – The Atlantic

What’s the Matter With Florida? – The Atlantic.

The gap between West and his opponent is outside of the official number needed to trigger a recount. Still, I’d love to hear about those errors, and how you lose three hundred votes. I’m sure this isn’t an abnormality. But in close elections it matters. We really need to do better.