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.