And it's getting worse!
I use to have a really low bar. A candidate that is able to defeat Trump. I thought Biden could do that but he clearly has lost 800 steps since Obama’s administration. So now the Democratic Party lacks a candidate that can beat Trump. The race to the left on hyperdrive will only keep the working-class Black vote (which is the bulk of the vote for our community)at home in 2020. The Democratic Party needs to come to terms with their Black working-class voter problem.
Black men, in particular, don’t get the wage increase from higher education. Black men can’t get mortgages. (We can’t even live where we want and the bluer the state the more segregationist it seems to be. Looking at you Twin Cities!)We are the primary input for the prison industrial complex. And the education system does nothing to stem the clear performance gaps. AND the current healthcare system pushes us either towards using the emergency room for our care or towards drugs that were not designed with Blacks in mind because WE ARE NOT TARGETED FOR RESEARCH because the industry has willfully not catalogued our DNA or received funding for research!!!
The current class of candidates have done nothing to try and address these grand canyon size gaps. That is my issue. I think if you are a Young College educated White or a woman you have choices. But for the Black man, especially the working-class Black man the choice is a known racist or a racist “lite” candidate and that frankly is no choice at all!
Racist “lite” what is that? The candidates who are running have done NOTHING to keep Black men out of jail. In fact, many of them are “law and order” Democrats who have been quite alright putting Black men away for Marijuana crimes while gleefully supporting the White Marijuana industrial complex. They have been quite happy supporting education systems that equate teacher salaries with “education quality” while doing nothing to determine if the process of teaching Black children and adults is effective in the first place. These are the same candidates who choose to privately educate their children or flee to their elite suburbs leaving the rest of us in crime-ridden non-diverse communities and promptly redlining us out to keep their friends happy and feeling “safe”.
And now they want us to vote for them in 2020 because the other guy is worse? They want us to primary or caucus on their behalf? Uh no, thank you!! In a cycle where EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT its time for the male Black voter to ask for some stuff!! We demand access to capital! How about medical research that targets our health maladies! How about real Health Care access! Can I get access to a good community and quality housing and can someone please quit locking us up for garbage reasons, then legalizing the same activity for Whites! Otherwise, …people may stay home! All we are asking for is to be treated like normal Americans and valued the same. Help us help you!!