America is gearing up for another election this fall. In 2008, the emergence of Barack Obama election as President not only was it become a historical monument but one of defining political views. Throughout African-Americans political history the dynamic of party identity has been one of very many complex dynamics. After the Civil War many African-Americans were very pro Republican but some things changed over the next 100 years where more African-Americans aligned with the Democrat party. The political process is one that younger African-Americans are learning to define for themselves. This weeks guest post is by E.Rob( @erob101) of 2 Minute Speech as he writes about African-American political identity.
WE have FINALLY arrived with the 2008 presidential nominee Barack Obama. A day in history blacks will NEVER forget! But wait; let’s talk about HIStory for a moment in time. In 1863, Abraham “Abe” Lincoln with the Emancipation Proclamation legally freed slaves from their owners. For those who did not know, it was the Republican Party (yeah the one we refer to as GOP) who allowed us to gain our independence. The Republican Party emerged during its time to oppose the Kansas Nebraska Act, which wanted to extend slavery in the US. The KKK, Jim Crow laws, white supremacy, and black oppression were birthed from the Democratic Party. In reality, was the GOP created for blacks? And if so, why are there more blacks in support of the Democratic Party?
Shortly after blacks were freed, we in fact held positions in Congress. For those who ONLY want HIStory lessons in February, do your research on John Willis Menard, the first black Republican Congressman. Other Republicans such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Jackie Robinson, and E. Frederic Morrow were pioneers as well. With the evolution of the Republican and Democratic parties, where is the evolution of blacks. It appears as though the Republican Party relies on the free-thinking independence of the people, while the Democratic Party relies on the collapsed mentality of the people, especially in poverty stricken communities. Why is it that we criticize black Republicans for their political stance and mock them because we feel they are confused? And why is it that Republicans appear more successful than Democrats? Yes, we can definitely name plenty of successful black Democrats, yet how many broke Republicans can we identify? If you think about it, dare you to tell a successful black Democrat they have arrived due to affirmative action “THEY WILL CURSE YOU OUT and CALL YOU LAZY!”
Honestly, what have the Democrats done for the black community that allows us to remain so loyal? How is “The system” assisting blacks? Affirmative action is I’m a minority, meet the minimum requirements and I can do the job so someone is willing to give me a chance, it’s not I have a bachelor degree and I’m the only black person in the office. How many blacks do you know who have TRULY benefited from affirmative action? Food stamp and section 8 programs cripple the mind because if you make $1 dollar above your requirement then they cut you off. Why would anyone wealthy or not decide to work for an extra $50 a month when that time could be spent with family or friends.
Jeezy may have summarized it best “My auntie on section 8 and why aint her credit straight see you payin all of that which mean she aint never late.”
Open your minds up for a second, what if the Democrats (those who wanted to oppress the blacks) devised a plan to capture the popular vote (the black vote). From 1933 – 1969 the Democrats ran the White House, with the exception of Republican president Dwight Eisenhower, who was the first president to enforce desegregation after the Reconstruction Era. During that period most black Republicans became black Democrats. Why the paradigm shift? Intimidating blacks not to exercise our voting rights began to weaken; so in order to capture the black vote the Democrats would have to make two passive-aggressive strategic moves.
From the Democratic perspective they knew whites would not vote for a party that freed slaves, the equivalent of what the black society does today. We do not vote Republican because everything we are fed tells us Republicans get richer while the Democrats fight for the poor. But what if Obama was a Republican? Would the victory be as sweet for blacks?
Talk about one of the greatest tricks known to man! To further oppress the black mentality let’s play on their psyche, by giving every woman her dream and showing every man his future – a black family in office. We all (I included) voted for Obama because he is black and 2008 will forever be a moment in HIStory we can celebrate. In 1968 MLK was assassinated; in 2008 president Barak Obama was voted into office, there is your 40 acres and a mule….in case you missed it “40 years and a black Democratic president.”