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Jay Scott - Black people... Serious question.
Do you honestly feel that we can vote our way to a sustainable better way of life here in America?
Muhammad Rasheed - Yep.
If it were otherwise, the white racist aristocracy wouldn't use the same vote suppression tricks from 1870 to sabotage elections against you.
Jay Scott - Muhammad but what differences have been made thus far?
Muhammad Rasheed - Thus far, vote suppression has been used to politically disenfranchise you, so over the decades you have only received brief windows into how well the voting process would actually work in your favor. You MUST fight to get your voting power back. It's not going to be given to you by the very person who's schemed to sabotage your vote for these last 150 yrs.
Political power is extremely important. Learn the process at ALL levels then fight to get politically enfranchised. It's on the short list of things you MUST do to hold true Black Empowerment. There's no question.
Jay Scott - "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." ~Audre Lorde
Muhammad Rasheed - This isn't "the master's tools." The power of the Vote is a true Weapon of the People. You are not a legal slave, so he is not your master. You have been subjugated for exploitation and to reverse it, you must fight. The only way the vote wouldn't work after you dismantled his cheating apparatus is if he outright physically attacked you. If he does so, plant your feet, beat him down, and then vote again.
Sundiata Conde - What if they offer no tangibles?
Muhammad Rasheed - Then they don't get your vote and their rivals take their jobs.
Sundiata Conde - Agreed. I'm only asking because sometimes, many times. All the candidates offer nothing tangible for black people. In those cases do you advocate withholding your vote altogether?
Muhammad Rasheed - No. Make the treacherous Demos—who took you for granted in their arrogance—eat their choice. Withholding YOUR vote would destroy that party. Then you use your vote to empower a pro-Black Republican above their rivals in that party and hold he/she accountable to the Black Political Agenda you elected them on.
Take ownership of your voting power and use it to best advantage for YOU.
Sundiata Conde - meh. The lesser of 2 evils doesn't work for everyone. But this is why I never begrudge black folks who gave up on voting. Of course this applies to those who drew an educaated conclusion after exhausting their options, and not to lazy ignorant non voters
Muhammad Rasheed - The political game is composed of special interests groups trying to position the candidate of their choice to best advantage to achieve group goals. It's been a very long time since we've used our vote in that way, and when we speak like we haven't a clue as to how that machine really works, it means the bad guys are winning.
MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.
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