Will the Democratic Party reward black voters for their unfounded loyalty?

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    Black voters may lead Democratic wave
    An Obama-propelled increase in African-American turnout, already apparent in early voting, may put more Democrats in Congress.
    Black voters may lead Democratic wave | Salon News

    As stated in the article, democrats are poised to realize big gains in House and Senate races all over the country, due in large part to the massive surge of African-American voters. Because of this surge, as many as 20 House seats and 3 Senate seats currently held by republicans could fall into the hands of democrats .. and the black vote could also knock off New England's last remaining Republican House member, Chris Shays. In fact, everywhere there is a sizable black population republicans are in trouble.

    The question is, will the Democratic Party repay the African-American community by focusing on issues deemed critical by African-Americans. If history is any indicator, don't count on it.

    The racial injustice of the US criminal system has been studied, documented, and proven as absolute fact. America has become the greatest prison nation on the planet, perhaps in human history, and African-Americans pay the price for this dubious title more than any demographic in America. The war on drugs, which is essentially nothing more than a war on black people, is at the center this injustice. Whites Americans make up as much as 72% of all illegal drug users in America. Blacks are at about 14%, about proportionate with their population. Yet, our prisons are filled with black inmates who often get prison time when their white counterparts are getting probation for the same crimes. Again, studied, documented, and proven factual.

    Even more striking is the fact that America's prison systems have been turned in to slave labor camps where the slave makes as little as 25 cents an hour .. and many of America's largest corporations have set up shop in prison.

    No overtime, sick days, OSHA requirements, labor disputes, and you can pay them in peanuts. What a deal. The ironic thing is America's new slaves look a lot like the old ones. None of this is a secret. This injustice is well known, but since it's just black people .. who really cares? After almost 400 years in America, blacks have only been relatively free for 43 years. If there is any question about "relatively", look no further than this issue for the answer.

    By the way, the greatest explosion of prison population growth happened under Bill "the first black president" Clinton, who ran away from fairness in the criminal system.

    Will the Democratic Party address this and/or many other issues deemed critical by the black community which is propelling the party to new heights? Don't count on it. Even Barack Obama isn't going to touch this issue with a 10ft pole, in fear of being called "soft on crime." In fact, don't expect Obama to get too close to any issue deemed a black issue, in fear of someone realizing he's black.

    Symbolism is about all African-American voters are going to get for their tremendous loyalty, commitment, and effort. When this reality begins to set in on African-Americans, hopefully many will recognize that politics alone has never been the answer, and unfounded loyalty to a party that ignores us just plain dumb.
     
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    Hopefully the Dems don't do what the GOP did to blacks in the Great 1927 Mississippi Flood. Sound familiar?

    Abatement
    By August 1927, the flood subsided. During the disaster, 700,000 people were displaced, including 330,000 African-Americans who were moved to 154 relief camps. Over 13,000 evacuees near Greenville, Mississippi, were gathered from area farms and evacuated to the crest of an unbroken levee, and stranded there for days without food or clean water, while boats arrived to evacuate white women and children. Many blacks were detained and forced to labor at gunpoint during flood relief efforts. Population was not recognized as requiring relief aid.

    Several reports on the terrible situation in the refugee camps, including one by the Colored Advisory Commission by Robert Russa Moton, were kept out of the media at the request of Herbert Hoover, with the promise of further reforms for blacks after the presidential election. When he failed to keep the promise, Moton and other influential African-Americans helped to shift the allegiance of Black Americans from the Republican party to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Democrats.[2]
     
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    Didn't black people like Clinton? I think black people, like the rest of us, ultimately care most about the economy. They don't want anything from the Government other than DON'T FUCK UP THE ECONOMY for the middle class so the top 1% can get richer.

    Not too much to ask.
     
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    sounds familiar

    But are you aware that members of the US Government BOMBED an American city? .. a place once called "Black Wallstreet." An American massacre.

    Black Wallstreet, a thriving 36-block black business district in Tulsa, Oklahoma, housed over 600 black owned and operated businesses at the turn of the century.

    This self-sufficient community, often called Little Africa, consisted of hundreds of Black businesses functioning on local, national, and international levels. Little Africa embodied over 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores, two movie theaters, libraries, schools, pawn shops, law offices, jewelry stores, a hospital, bank, post office, bus system, and six private airplanes.

    On Black Wallstreet, the dollar circulated 36 to 100 times, sometimes taking a whole year to leave the business district in North Tulsa. Most of the trading was done hand-to-hand contributing to the wealth and intimacy of the community. Jim Crow, laws enforcing the Supreme Court decision of Plessy v. Ferguson’s (1896) separate but equal statutes, also contributed to the success of Black Wallstreet because members of the black community were dependent upon the products and services of black businesses.

    Little Africa had approximately 15,000 citizens, some of whom came to Oklahoma by way of the torturous Trail of Tears; and others who migrated from the South. Once black people settled in Oklahoma, they established over 28 townships. Many also acquired the promised 40 acres and a mule through marriage to Native Americans. Many blacks discovered oil on their newly acquired land-a discovery that ultimately contributed to the wealth of the community.

    Black Tulsa continued to thrive until the night of May 31st. That night, airplanes distributing nitroglycerin bombed the affluent community, and an angry white mob began the destruction of Little Africa.

    The mobs burned and looted houses and businesses, and killed hundreds of innocent blacks. When the morning of June 1, 1921 came, virtually all of Black Wallstreet had been destroyed. The bombing of Greenwood, the once concentrated site of many black businesses looked very much like a war site. The district was a smoldering memory of prosperity.

    Over 3,000 Black people were killed, buried in mass graves or thrown into the river; 503 houses were destroyed, and the once self-sufficient black business district no longer existed. Many families seeking refuge bought one-way tickets out-of-town, leaving behind remnants of their history, their homes, and their community wealth.

    The Tulsa Massacre
    The Tulsa Massacre
     
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    Democracts Are Black People


    They have power within the party to act.

    what you suggest is they will turn on themselves.
     
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    That's fucked up. Never heard this. Not the details anyways. Didn't they make a movie about this? I recall a western where the blacks set up their own western town and it was sucessful and the whites came in and burned it to the ground. Western as in cowboys, horses, saloons, etc.

    This may be a different time in history. I'm sure black history is filled with stories like this.

    Yesterday a white said she won't vote Democratic because liberals cry about racism and it turns her off. I told her, "if us talking about it makes you mad, that should say something about you".
     

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