The majority of blacks vote for Democrats. When it comes to presidential elections, it’s anywhere from 92 to 95 percent. I get why blacks would want to vote for a black president.
From being ripped away from their natural families, stacked like cattle in the cargo bays of slave ships, sold like animals at slave markets, forced into labor without compensation, denigrated as less than human, discriminated against when they were emancipated after the death of 600,000 Americans in a bloody civil war, endured bigotry, segregation, and Jim Crow laws, to seeing a black man rise to the highest office in America where the enslavement of blacks was legal was an achievement that few people ever would have thought possible.
That’s why it was no surprise to me that in an interview in Ebony magazine that film star Samuel L. Jackson revealed why he voted for Obama:
“I voted for Barack because he was black. ‘Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them . . . . That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean [bleep] to me.”
When former New York Governor Mario Cuomo considered a run for president, a number of political “experts” considered his Italian background as an advantage because he would help to secure the Italian vote. If Cuomo had been running for political office in Italy, he would have been just another Italian candidate. His Italian heritage would not have been a factor since his political opponents were also Italians.
The same is true of Barack Obama. If another black man had run against him, how would blacks decide who was the better candidate? Race would have been put aside and what they believed would have been the deciding factor.
Blacks have been led to believe that their salvation resides in the voting booth. The right to vote has become a secular sacrament. Blacks fought long and hard for that right, and it has turned sour in their mouths. So-called black leaders use their own people as political cannon fodder for a never attained goal called “freedom.” It can never come because once it’s attained, blacks will no longer be in need of “leaders.” There is no power when no one is following.
Something is happening among blacks. The film Runaway Slave is a powerful testimony to growing unrest among blacks, especially among the young who have lived with the debilitating effects of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs that decimated the once intact black family, increased illegitimacy, and turned once prosperous cities into near ghettos.
I firmly believe that if blacks would be brave enough to leave the plantation created for them by the Democrats and view Runaway Slave that they would weep. They would ask themselves, “What have we done and what has been done to us?”
Here’s another healthy sign as black pastors challenge their fellow black Americans to reconsider their support of President Obama because of his support for homosexual marriage:
A group of conservative black pastors are responding to President Barack Obama’s support of same-sex marriage with what they say will be a national campaign aimed at rallying black Americans to rethink their overwhelming support of the President, though the group’s leader is offering few specifics about the effort.
The Rev. Williams Owens, who is president and founder of the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors and the leader of the campaign, has highlighted opposition to same-sex marriage among African-Americans. He calls this campaign “an effort to save the family.”
The mistake that the GOP could make is to replace Democrat dependency programs with dependency programs of their own. If the GOP wants to know how to minister to blacks politically, I suggest that they contact the people interviewed in Runaway Slave.