February 9, 2006


A New Black Power (WALTER MOSLEY, February 27, 2006, The Nation)

Most black Americans have been Democrats for at least the fifty-three years that I've been alive. What have the Democrats done for us in all that time? We have the lowest average income of any large racial group in the nation. We're incarcerated at an alarmingly high rate. We are still segregated and profiled, and have a very low representation at the top echelons of the Democratic Party. We are the stalwarts, the bulwark, the Old Faithful of the Democrats, and yet they have not made our issues a high priority in a very long time.

Why should we be second-class members in the most important political activities of our lives? Why shouldn't the party we belong to think that our problems are the most important in this land?

I'm not saying that we should become Republicans. The Republicans don't care about us either. But at least they don't pretend to be on our side. And you have to admit that, of late, the Bush Administration has put black faces into high-profile jobs that carry clout on the international playing field. I don't have to like Colin Powell or Condoleezza Rice to appreciate that once a black person has been put into a position of power, the second time around is much, much easier.

We are a racial minority in a country where racism is a fact of life, a country that was founded on economic and imperialist racism. Taking this into account and adding it to the fact that our issues are regularly put on a back burner, I believe that it is not out of order to send out a call for the formation of an African-American interest group, or maybe a political unit, that would bring our issues, and others, to the forefront of American political discourse.

If we had our own political voting bloc that paid attention to issues that reflect our needs in domestic and international affairs, things would change for us.

It's an idea so idiotic it would accidentally work. By destroying the Democrats and their ability to filibuster it would guarantee passage of SS Reform, wider HSAs, wider school vouchers, etc., all of which would benefit blacks tremendously.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2006 2:44 PM

The liberal policy of divide and conquer is showing its weakness.

BTW - Just how do black issues differ from just issues and instead of continuing to whine about not getting enough, how about black organizations and individuals start thinking about what they can do to contribute to the national good.

Rather than complain that neither Democrats nor Republicans care about them, blacks better start caring for and about themselves. This victim model is getting very very tiresome.

Posted by: erp at February 9, 2006 3:11 PM

How dangerous this could be to Democrats' electoral success is obvious: if only a small percentage of the black electorate votes for other than the Democrat, that Democrat will be defeated.

Interesting to see if the frenzy on the Left is chaneled into other "break away" sentiments.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 9, 2006 3:12 PM

We need to find a way to fund these folks, fast.

Posted by: Bruno at February 9, 2006 4:37 PM

"If we had our own political voting bloc . . ."

90% voting for Democrats is not a voting bloc? I think Mr. Mosley should stick to detective fiction.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at February 9, 2006 4:47 PM

"[O]ur needs in international affairs. . .[?]"

Is is that sort of like a German-American's needs in international affairs in 1918 or 1941? How does a loyal American's ethnicity affect his or her position on the country's dealing beyond its borders?

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 9, 2006 5:56 PM

"If we had our own political voting bloc that paid attention to issues that reflect our needs in domestic and international affairs, things would change for us."

Yes, they wouldn't even get lip-service.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 10, 2006 12:13 AM

What good will a voting bloc do with no ballots?

Hagel, who defeated a Dem incumbent with a "miraculous" 90% of the black vote in Nebraska, even has ownership in these new push-of-a-button voting machines.

Indeed, this was the stupidest article I've read in ages, but hardly any stupider than believing the hype that a "president" with 40% approval rating actually won the election.

Posted by: R Miller at February 11, 2006 11:21 AM

R Miller:

I just checked the Internet logs at VRWC headquarters, and Supreme Generalissimo Karl Rove (who is of course married to Mrs. Diebold) made sure you were placed down as voting for Bush. Sorry.

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine. Over and out.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 11, 2006 6:02 PM