Black People Politics : ▶ Republicans, Dems and "Progressives" unite telling blacks "We'll never give you reparations."

Senegal

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Ok, so would you mind naming one thing Obama had done --as president--to empower the American black voter?
Other than get elected and provide a visual of a Black family at the apex of power? Dont underestimate the optics. That by itself was a powerful boost to the Black race.

How about the ACA? Thats going to be his enduring legacy. Prior to that nationally mandated health care was a pipe dream. For Black people that has given most access to health care they didnt have before. As you can see thats going nowhere and it will get better.

How about finally getting the Black farmers their payout in their suit against the government discriminating against them? It had been a decade since it was settled out of court and they still hadnt been paid.

My bad thats three.
 

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"The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote as guaranteed under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Voting Rights Act is considered one of the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history." https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/voting-rights-act

Ok, we just read "The Voting Rights Act of 1965." Think about that. What that says is blacks need a law to allow them to vote. They need to be protected from those who don't want them to vote. (Question: If you're an American citizen, why the need for protection?).

That's right, even your voting is not guaranteed.

How can the black American voter not see the mockery in that?

How does it make you feel to know that your voting privileges are at the prerogative of a politician's whim?

So then, how can one even pass the straight-face-test when they tell another "your vote counts"?

Obama was hip to the game. He knows we don't have any real voting power. When you have a moment, look at this 2015 article: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/250913-obama-pushes-congress-to-renew-voting-rights-act

He says this "progress" has to be "defended." Huh? But I thought we citizens and the right to vote comes with the game by default like breathing?

Why black people gotta have a special law passed to breathe?

While you're considering how blacks ain't really got no voting power outside it being "allowed," with all due respect, let me begin to show you some proof.

Peep this. Stephen B. Weeks (1894) The History of Negro Suffrage in the South, Page 681. Here's something I want you to chew on:

The fourteenth amendment advanced the negro to the status of a citizen, but did nothing affirmatively to confer [voting] upon him; it aided him negatively by imposing a penalty of his exclusion. Nor did the fifteenth amendment give him the right to vote; it merely invested the citizen of the United States with the right to be exempt from discrimination in the exercise of the elective franchise, on account of his race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

That snippet from back in 1894 is telling black people the worth of their "voting" power back then is the same as it is now in 2018---despite amendments 14 and 15.

And how can one dispute it when all you have to do is keep it a buck and see our collective condition.

Voting does not work for black bodies in America.

"Think about that. What that says is blacks need a law to allow them to vote."

We needed a constitutional amendment not to be outright enslaved too. Are you saying that if we need a law to protect us from slavery and give us the ability to vote then we should just let those laws be removed from the books by not voting? When you make a proposal one should consider pros and cons. I'm not getting your end game here. What do we gain by not voting? What do we lose by voting?
 

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The facts are, that blacks did not vote in large numbers which caused the current dilema. I submit that any black person that does not vote is no less than a traitor to the race. Too many died for the right to believe or even consider your false equivalence


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The facts are, that blacks did not vote in large numbers which caused the current dilema. I submit that any black person that does not vote is no less than a traitor to the race. Too many died for the right to believe or even consider your false equivalence


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"You're [emotionally] drunk and you're angry and in no condition to fight a professional soldier"----Zorro
 

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The facts are, that blacks did not vote in large numbers which caused the current dilema. I submit that any black person that does not vote is no less than a traitor to the race. Too many died for the right to believe or even consider your false equivalence


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Are you serious? We only make up 13% of the population in this country. We do not have the numbers to drastically affect national political outcomes. We did not elect Obama, it was White people who did that. So you should focuse on that 53 percent of voting white women who are the ones to actually cause this mess. I mean really, why are we so willing to point the finger at ourselves instead of the White women, who outnumber us in massive numbers, who voted for Trump?

Blaming Black people for Trump is idiotic on so many levels.
 

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