|Cartoon satirizing the fact that the Black American's true political party |
was usurped by their traditional ideological enemy, forcing them
to try to reach their goals within the other rival party
with suspiciously limited success.
Trent Hopkinson - Is being politically left and being an atheist essentially "the same thing"?
Muhammad Rasheed - No. I’m politically left because that’s where my Black American ethnic group leans politically in general; they are traditionally a conservative, pro-business Judaeo-Christian class.
Remember, the left is composed of numerous special interest groups—many often ideologically opposed!—that are supposed to be working together as a unified political force to fight for social justice ideals to benefit the people over the moneyed elitist class. Perhaps it would make more sense for the traditionally anti-racism, but pro-religious and pro-capitalist Black American to vote Republican Party, but the pro-racism white conservative is currently squatting in our old home room party, and it doesn’t look very comfortable over there. To me it makes more sense for the Black American to finally unify across class and ideological lines to form a special interest group of their own under the Democratic Party where they already have equity built up, and push a focused, centrist Black political agenda with loyal, hand-picked or even hand-groomed representatives to achieve the long sought Black Empowerment, Economic Inclusion we need.
Sure we can technically do it as an independent African-American party, but would it make sense to start from scratch working harder to get up to a level we’re at now in the Democratic Party? I think we should build up from where we currently are as best strategy, using the ample party resources at our disposal now, instead of stepping backwards to zero first. I am willing to hear the counter-argument as to why it would make better sense to break off and form our own party though. Would it benefit us most to pay party fees to ourselves, for example? Does paying fees to the Democratic Party—a white-owned organization—actually represent yet more plunder of our communities, and an ultimately unnecessary loss of our legendary $1.4 trillion spending power?
Andy Heilveil - This is the first cogent reasoning I have seen for why Black Americans should stick with the Democratic party for the time being: “it makes more sense for the Black American to finally unify across class and ideological lines to form a special interest group of their own under the Democratic Party where they already have equity built up”
I do appreciate the relative-to-me conservative African American for voting along with us Progressives. Once we have countered the “Minority rule instead of Minority rights” GOP we can have civil arguments between us and negotiate over what the gov’t should do and how.