“How should we react to this latest patronization of the Black vote? Well, let’s look at our situation. Black folks are being beaten, shot, and killed, and we are told to vote. We have the highest unemployment, the lowest net worth, the highest incarceration rate, and many of our leaders tell us simply to vote. We are treated unfairly by the criminal justice system, excluded from economic opportunities, and we are told to vote.
Young Black males are 21 times more likely to be fatally shot by police than their white counterparts. The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data, show that Blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police. All of this, and we are told to vote.
It’s no wonder young Blacks are turned off by many of their elders. They are the ones taking the tear gas, the batons upside their heads, the abuse, and the lethal methods used by police officers; it is only after that or between the real battles that the usual suspects show up to march, hold a press conference, make a speech, and high-tail it out of town on the next thing smokin’.
Political hacks are telling Black voters to cast our votes to make sure Democrats maintain control of the Senate during the last two years of the Obama Presidency. My question is: What happened during the past six years of a Democrat controlled Senate? Other than Obamacare, which was passed strictly along party lines in the Senate, what has that body done for Black folks?”
Dr. James Clingman