The question Blacks must ask themselves voting in 2016 Presidential Election
It’s Election Day for 2016. I have to get this message out as expedient as I possibly can (particularly to Blacks) so please read and digest all that you can. Time’s running out so the importance that you read this is crucial. Here we go.
Donald Trump runs on the Republican ticket and Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Democratic side; these candidates are the two front runners in this Presidential election to date. With this being said, there’s a profound question for the Black community: How will voting to elect either one of these candidates help Blacks? It’s a profound question that needs to be answered so let’s assess both candidates to what the pros and cons are.
Hillary Clinton has been involved in politics almost her entire life. She’s also the focus of the Podesta emails released by WikiLeaks. Hillary and Bill Clinton’s criminality is almost certain and a potential criminal indictment may be close in Hillary Clinton’s future.
Here’s three video clips of the recent interview of Julian Assange, Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, discussing rumors and the emails regarding Hillary Clinton’s criminality and more:
Hillary Clinton’s record with Blacks in politics
In regards to Mrs. Clinton’s record with the Blacks or the Black community, it’s not a record that reflects any real solidarity or support in promoting the prosperity of the Black community. Michelle Alexander, legal scholar and human rights advocate, wrote about Clinton:
In her support for the 1994 crime bill, for example, she used racially coded rhetoric to cast black children as animals. ‘They are not just gangs of kids anymore,’ she said. ‘They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.’
Taking all of this into consideration, it’s likely Hillary Rodham Clinton offers little if anything in regards to earning the Black vote.
Donald Trump’s reputation with the Black community
Now, we take a look at Donald J. Trump and what he can offer to Blacks and our struggle. Donald Trump’s rhetoric puts him at the level of a demagogue. Many white supremacists, including the KKK, support his campaign for the Presidency. Former KKK Grand Wizard and Louisiana Senate hopeful David Duke is a big supporter of Trump. Duke told his followers of his radio station, “A vote against Trump is a vote against your heritage.”
Trump’s financial history
Outside of Trump’s social record in regards to race, the casino icon has FOUR chapter 11 bankruptcies and never held any type of public office in his life. He’s never even been a community organizer. It’s hard to consider this man the person you want for fiscal responsibility in the White House, not to mention that he knows nothing about how the government works from the inside. It’s only his narcissistic charm that’s gotten him to think he’s actually qualified.
How voting Green could benefit Blacks in the long term
I’m not going to go into all the things the Green Party discusses or even what it’s offering the Black community. What I’m going to say is that we know that voting for either candidate in the Democratic party or the Republican party for president will not improve our political position. Both parties are basically two sides of the same coin. With the multitude of Blacks being killed in the streets by police with impunity, even President Obama did nothing to stop the bloodshed; the reason why Black Lives Matter was created. Many Internet pundits, public figures, and comedians such as Dr. Boyce Watkins, Tariq Nasheed, and Corey Holcomb aren’t promoting Blacks to go out and vote because of the present condition of the Black community. Tariq Nasheed says “[Blacks] We shouldn’t vote at all!” As much as I respect the opinion and understand the disappoint of these advocates for progress in the Black community, I have to respectfully disagree.
Black voting power and influence by population
Since Blacks make up over 12% of the US population (over 37 million, according to the 2000-2010 US Census), we have the sole power to promote a third party such as the Green Party. Rather than not vote at all, If we vote for Dr. Jill Stein and the Green party, we alone can build the party with granting it 5% or more of the vote, and it will receive the upwards of $10 million dollars for the 2020 presidential candidate for the Green Party. Everyone says “the third party candidate never wins” but since we collectively feel that the duopoly disregards us and only uses us for votes, why not help build up a third party so we can actually have our voices heard with some real seriousness? Not voting could potentially make us look ‘lazy’ and may lead to even more neglect by our government. We always have the option to decline voting but I think we could be missing a significant opportunity to gain real political power and consideration.
Voting choices for Blacks
If our only choices are to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, we should absolutely not vote. But this isn’t the case. Voting for Jill Stein and the Green Party could give us the opportunity we need and we shouldn’t vote for Hillary just to stop Trump for being elected. We need to stop voting out of fear. White racism has been a reality from the beginning of this country and Donald Trump, believe or not, would be a lot less effective in promoting that agenda than Hillary. We need to fight this time and if that means a Trump presidency, so be it. We must find solidarity and unity within our communities and Trump presidency might just make that happen. We need to wake up and deal with the monster that is white supremacy, rather than vote by being scared away from dealing with it as it needs to be; by exercising our vote away from the status quo and taking a chance on a better future.