November 9, 2004


Black Minnesotans Stick With Dems--for Now: African Americans voted their pocketbooks; white Americans their "values" (Shannon Gibney, 11/10/04, City Pages)

Already, though, there are rumblings in some black circles that this race proved once and for all that the Democratic Party, as we have known it, is dead. Here is one e-mail message that was circulated widely on Thursday, two days after the election: "Mainstream media reports claim 'America Has Spoken,' in response to the outcome of the U.S. presidential elections. However, I am not quite sure if they actually know what all Americans were saying. Black Americans, in particular, showed up to the polls in record numbers, many of whom do not favor the president-elect's policies and agenda. Nevertheless, their voices have value and significance that must not be ignored.

"We must take advantage of the momentum and passion for change that remains present in our communities. Therefore, I propose that we organize a political action committee on a national level, to address the concerns of our communities. We want to act solely in response to the issues that have been routinely ignored and remain unaddressed by all politicians, political parties, and organizations." The e-mail, composed by local writer D'Ivoire Johnson, goes on to encourage all recipients to organize weekly meetings in communities around the nation in order to strategize.

This has to be discomfiting to the chieftains of the Democratic Party: Aren't they supposed to do the strategizing on behalf of black America's interests? I am not suggesting that a single e-mail spells a coast-to-coast revolution to transform the political process in a way that gives black America a real voice. I am suggesting, however, that African Americans may not be long for the Democratic Party, at least in its current incarnation. The sentiment on the street, in the office, and even in cyberspace, is "If you won't speak up, we will."

Were sadder words ever written than these: "Aren't they supposed to do the strategizing on behalf of black America's interests?"

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2004 8:34 PM

I have great confidence that our Black neighbors, most of them, will become White, one intelligent and patriotic man or woman at a time. If organized, permanently estranged, plantation Blacks decide to continue to define themselves as folk-enemies, that is their tragic choice.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 9, 2004 9:07 PM

One of the sad phenomena is when a population so lacks self-confidence that it continues to act as if it wears chains long after they have been freed. It's commonplace in the top-down societies of Old Europe and it cannot be more clearly stated than in Ms. Gibney's statement. It is the perfect statement of slave morality.

Posted by: Bart at November 9, 2004 9:36 PM

20% of the black vote went to W in Ohio.

Earlier this year near Bradenton, black republicans had their first fundraiser, $75/plate and about 200 people showed up.

There were approx. 23K black republicans in FLA in 2000.

79% of eligible poor in DC took the vouchers.

Posted by: Sandy P at November 9, 2004 9:47 PM

Have you noticed how many articles are appearing with the word "values" in quotation marks? Orrin has linked to two today, and I read a Tom Wolfe interview in the Boston Globe today where the author saw fit to put use quotation marks are around the V-word as well.

Of course, there's no liberal bias in the media... ;)

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at November 9, 2004 11:12 PM

Bill Cosby is starting to get black people thinking. Once they start doing that for themselves, they'll see that yes in fact the Democrat party is strategizing for them. They're strategizing to keep them ignorant and dependent so they'll have a scared and defenseless constituency into perpetuity.

The first poster above said blacks will become white one by one. I think he or she means that blacks will become Red Staters one by one.

It's amusing when TV first started coloring states red and blue, the Democrats were red and the Republicans were blue, but red symbolized communist countries, so they switched it around. Just another little gift of propaganda complicity from the media.

At first I was annoyed, but now I like it. We'll give the color red a new lease on life. From the color of oppression to the color of freedom!

Go Red!

Posted by: erp at November 10, 2004 10:09 AM

Heck, just run Herman Cain as VP in 2008.

Let him rip!

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 10, 2004 10:50 AM
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