This was a great essay loaded with facts and knowledge for those with eyes to read, ears to hear, and unselfish, non-bigoted hearts.
The only thing I disagree with is your statement African Americans voter have no good reason to give up. We have every reason to give up. As your piece points out, America hates equality, especially when it embraces anything Black. If White people had to endure what we had to they would have already fainted and died.
Any time White politicians give us something, they get something, and they ensure they take something away from us (or find a way to undermine legislation put in place to advance us). Your piece has pointed out two things.
#1: Time and time again, White America rejects treating Blacks as equal. I wrote two essays about the subject (America Hates Equality and Don’t Believe the Reparations Talk). We have no reason to have faith in America or the majority of White people based on how they legislate and their racialized politics. The bad racists in America clearly out number the allies.
We have every reason to give up on the Democratic Party too. They are the party which leans more to catering to the White Middle Class, suburban soccer moms, feminists, and the deep pocketed Jewish community (who by the way are represented more in Congress than Blacks despite arriving here after we Blacks did). No one even gives it a second thought, but all of their language suggests they don’t have to work for our votes. The fair weather people in the Democratic party are White people who continue to rise to the top like cream. I don’t see them creating Black Pacs to get more Black voters registered or to fight states oppressing Black votes. Do you? Everything about the party suggests in different ways the party doesn’t care about equality, it just manifests itself in different ways.
#2. Politics is full of shit! I have no idea who initially asked the Democratic 2020 Presidential candidates whether or not they believed in reparations, but it’s nothing more than a ploy for Black votes. Blacks are a solid voting block to get Whites elected. The numbers don’t lie, we deliver White candidates to their offices. We vote for the lesser of the two evils — who will harm us the least. Most of us don’t really expect Democratic candidates to do anything for us. In fact, we are surprised when they do keep their word. Both parties are racist. Democrats just uses covert methods to do their racist bidding. We are tired. Many of us are finally starting to realize their is no perfect party for us. We also know reparations talk is bullshit. I wish they’d stop talking about it. It’s fair and the right thing to do, which is why America won’t do it.
We know we absolutely cannot vote for the race-baiting GOP putting ourselves in harms way — but at least they tell us to our faces they are racist. Dems do covertly racist things to Blacks and they come back 20–30 years and say their sorry for how they treated us, they made a mistake with some legislation they created or bill they voted for (i.e. creating DEA to police poor black communities instead of wealthy gated communities for drugs). Instead of voting for laws that won’t hurt our community more — they vote giving us no thought at all. All Dems care about is fundraising for their next re-election campaign.
No good, decent person goes into politics. Smart Black people know that. Only fools are walking around hanging their hats on either political party. Black folks surely aren’t expecting America to pay for their sins. They paid Jews, Native Americans, and Japanese, but never Blacks — after 400 years. Blacks aren’t looking to Dems to do right this time or any other time. And they know they don’t have to, because we’ve voted for them and received nothing in return more times than you can shake a stick at. Dems are like lemon car salesmen.