Blacks have long been one of the Democrat party’s most reliable voting blocs, despite its history as the party of slavery, secession, segregation, Jim Crow, lynchings, poll taxes, and literacy tests. Indeed, it was more than 50 years ago already that President Lyndon B. Johnson declared his Democrat policies would have “them n****rs voting Democratic for the next two hundred years,” — and, so far, President Johnson’s prediction has proven out.
But could it be that some blacks are waking up to the fact that Democrats seem to “care” about them only during election season, when they need blacks to turn out for them on election day?
As The Daily Caller reports:
The leader of the Black Lives Matter movement recently said in an interview that the Clintons use the black community as a way to garner more votes.
Alicia Garza, the founder of Blacks Lives Matter, discussed the Black Lives Matter movement and “systematic racism” in America with Bloomberg Businessweek. In her interview, she claimed that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton does not back up her claims that she cares for the black community.Garza said that the Clintons routinely use the black community for their own benefit.
“The Clintons use black people for votes, but then don’t do anything for black communities after they’re elected. They use us for photo ops,” Garza said.Towards the end of the interview, Garza declared that the black community is not “indebted” to the Democratic party in any way.
Amen to that.
Indeed, the negative impact of Democrat policies on the black community is one we’ve written frequently about here. When one considers the negative impact of Democrat policies on blacks, it’s astonishing that blacks continue to vote so consistently Democrat.
As Col. West himself has written, we are more than fifty years into the seemingly intended consequences of those policies President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke of when he declared they’d have blacks voting Democratic “for the next two hundred years”:
Policies that have advanced a new type of slavery; not the physical but rather the metaphysical – economic enslavement of our urban centers, mostly populated by the black community.
Consider the crisis of good quality education in the inner cities. Once upon a time the Democratic Party stood outside the doors of institutions of higher education denying access to blacks. Today’s Democratic Party embraces policies that trap young blacks inside the doors of failing public schools denying them access to better quality institutions of learning. It was the first black President who decided in April 2009 to cancel the DC school voucher program – his kids attend the prestigious Sidwell Friends. It was the first black Attorney General who brought a lawsuit against the state of Louisiana and their school voucher program.
It is the Democrats who are denying blacks access to better quality schools and educational opportunities.
What about the crisis of the decimated black family? Fifty years ago at the time of Johnson’s signing into law the policies of his “Great Society,” the two parent black household was at nearly 77%; today it is at 25%. That is a crisis, despite programs aimed at attempting to “fix” it.
And, of course, in the waning years of Barack Obama’s presidency especially, we’ve seen both political and media circus attention drawn to the deaths of Michael Brown, Freddy Gray, Laquan McDonald, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile — to name a handful of the most high-profile cases. Meanwhile, relative crickets on the rampant black-on-black murders in Chicago alone, not to mention the likes of Baltimore and other major urban areas. As we just reported this morning, Obama’s hometown of Chicago just recorded its deadliest July in ten years.
So, instead of continuing to routinely embracing and supporting Democrats simply because they have a “D” next to their name, perhaps blacks would do better to ask, “What have Democrats done for us lately?” There certainly was a lot of “hope” around the first black president — how’s that worked out for the black community? And does anyone in their right mind actually believe Hillary Clinton — who, as Alicia Garza rightly points out, simply sees blacks as photo opps and votes — will do any better whatsoever than Obama?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]