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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Why Mainstream Political Cartooning is Struggling." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 01 Oct 2020. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.
Mike Beckom - the only good thing that came out of this 'debate' was that I and all of the other editorial cartoonists that I know - got a fair amount of material out of both sides...
Muhammad Rasheed - When was the last time POTUS candidates technically debated? When JFK ran?
Mike Beckom - I haven't had the chance to hear from you lately. Which candidate do you think might could earn your vote this year and why?
Muhammad Rasheed - Since neither POTUS candidate has committed to my Reparations and our Black Political Agenda, I'm skipping that slot altogether to vote Democratic Party down ballot.
Mike Beckom - realistically... did you think either side WOULD commit to those?
Muhammad Rasheed - No. The Dems are too smug in their taking our vote for granted. It'll first take some radical grassroot activism efforts to shake them out of it before they are ready to pay attention to our demands.
Naturally no one expected the GOP leadership to care what Black Americans thought at all.
Mike Beckom - ....and yet, under this president, unemployment for the black community was at an all-time low. Trump has done more for HBCU than most of his predecessors, and he's all but begged to be allowed to send in the necessary forces to quell the violence that's rocked so many portions of our country only to be rebuffed by liberal democrats. So now I'm curious....what is it that you think the left IS gonna do for you?
Muhammad Rasheed - Mike wrote: "....and yet, under this president, unemployment for the black community was at an all-time low."
This is an illusion. The numbers for Black immigrants and Black Americans were conflated. My ethnic group is still artificially impoverished, and conflating those numbers only guarantees the problem won;t be addressed (that's why they do it). It's not just Trump though -- the government has been doing that sneaky stuff since the '70s.
Mike wrote: "Trump has done more for HBCU than most of his predecessors..."
This is another shady bamboozle, because more immigrants attend the HBCUs than the group they were founded to help. This was clearly just a GOP-immigrant alliance and not anything to help my people.
Mike wrote: "...and he's all but begged to be allowed to send in the necessary forces to quell the violence that's rocked so many portions of our country only to be rebuffed by liberal democrats."
How would sending in anti-Black headbreakers in my communities help me at all? Why would I vote for a president who refused to apologize for thinking the Central Park Five should have been executed for a crime it turns out they didn't commit because of his anti-Black bias?
Mike wrote: "So now I'm curious....what is it that you think the left IS gonna do for you?"
As the Democratic Party's most loyal constituency, it's complacency that causes our party to ignore us. Radical activism and voting strategy will shake them out of it if the pressure is applied in adequate numbers. That's our biggest focus right now is building critical mass members for an effective boycott.
Mike Beckom - some light reading for ya...
[ARTICLE] Trump signs bill restoring funding for black colleges | AP
or this little nugget...
[ARTICLE] Biden: 'If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black' | CNN
these are some of my personal favorites.....but you go on and vote for him anyhow...
[ARTICLE] Will Black Voters Still Love Biden When They Remember Who He Was? | NY Mag Intelligencer
[ARTICLE] Joe Biden worried in 1977 that certain de-segregation policies would cause his children to grow up 'in a racial jungle' | Business Insider
[ARTICLE] Biden in 1993 speech pushing crime bill warned of 'predators on our streets' who were 'beyond the pale' | CNN
Muhammad Rasheed - @Mike... You ignored all of my comments to post partisan stuff that didn't have anything to do with me.
1.) I pointed out that immigrants have overrun and have admissions preference over my ethnic group at the HBCUs, so Trump's support of those usurped institutions isn't helping me.
2.) I told you in my second thread comment that I'm not voting for the POTUS candidate at all and instead I'm voting down ballot. You still said "but you go on and vote for him anyhow" as if you live in a steel vault and can't hear or read when people say stuff to you.
Do you have coronavirus or something? Is something wrong?
Mike Beckom - what is a 'down ballot'? never heard of that.
Muhammad Rasheed - It's when you don't vote at the top of the ballot where the presidential candidate names are (leave 'em blank or write in something) and instead vote down the rest of the ballot for all the other stuff. It's a form of boycott.
Muhammad Rasheed - The benefit for activism strategy is that it does show we came out and were actively engaged, while simultaneously sending a clear message to the party leaders who of course covet that WH seat.
Mike Beckom - by not 'picking a side', don't you also run the risk of inadvertently aiding the side you favor less?
Muhammad Rasheed - No. As you pointed out yourself, Biden is equally as hostile and racist towards my group as the opposing party, so I don't have anything to lose anyway. I'm literally not getting a thing from either of them.
Forcing the party to commit to my demands using radical activism strategy is the only option they leave me.
MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.
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