African Americans' enthusiasm about voting takes a sharp drop, and that could be big come 2010
2008 Article: An Obama-propelled increase in African-American turnout, already apparent in early voting, may put more Democrats in Congress.
Here is where the frequent "So you think that Black voters are Stupid?" or "that we don't know who has our best interests in mind" statements comes in.
The person peddling this line of thinking desires most to put the "critic on trial", with the hopes that by making such a critic in to a "disloyal Black", "White boy" or a "Republican" that this will silence all criticism.
I realize that name calling comes with the job. That it is merely a defensive tactic used by people who don't want to talk about the key strategic flaws in their theories.
What this article says is that the Black voter doesn't need to be convinced by the Democratic Party and Progressives that their policies are the best for the Black community........his shadow only needs to darken the doorway of the polling place and he will do what he is known to do once the curtain is drawn. Thus it stands to reason that a disproportionate amount of political ads targeted to Black people are in fact "Get Out The Vote" ads than they need to be "vote for me rather than my political adversary's policies".
I have pointed out in various metro Atlanta elections in which there is a diversifying population (turning Black) that in an otherwise non-partisan election the Democrat only needs to emphasize his party membership. This will trump the irony that he ran on a charge of "new leadership to fix the problems", this despite the fact that it was the incumbent Democrat who was in office when "these problems" came to bear.
The tactic "so you think the Black voter is dumb" no longer works on me. I won't fall for the bait.
Instead I realize that the most effective remedy to spin this around is to start with the immutible point of reference: The Black Permanent Interests and then force the "hater" to detail exactly how we have migrated toward this point after having more of our key political institutions controlled by "favorable people:
- Quality School
- Safe Streets
- Thriving Local Economies
- Healthy Lifestyles
The truth is that some of the most ardent "Pursuing The Black Best Interests" people are loathed to talk about the state of affairs within our community UNLESS they can attribute the problems to racism or some conservative Republican conspiracy to undercut our interests. They fail to realize that it is their antics such undercut effective and efficient management of the resources that "favorable people" now control that is most responsible today for these Permanent Interests to remain unmet. The fact is that these "Permanent Interests" are not going to be permanently met. Instead they are "directed outcomes" that are exposed as the fruit of effective management controls.
The main people who "think Black people are stupid" are those operatives who keep our people talking about Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh - two people that hold no positions by which they can impact any of the items on the list above. Instead this is an attempt to stultify our people. If we are made to play as partisans in the ideological football game that Malcolm X talked about decades ago then we will work for a "Win" while never realizing that we are in fact "losing" where it counts the most.
The various elections in York,PA; Atlanta,GA and the present state of the Southside Of Chicago and North Philly show that we are not in fact voting for our own interests and we punish those who fail us. It only shows the fabulous success that the Black Establishment has achieved in linking the Democratic Party (which resides in the American Political Domain) to the "Black Community Cultural Consciousness and Competence Domain" that stands alone. In as much as this domain has been vacated from its proper management - the bulk of our problems reside here.