Gone are the days where I solely vote on a candidate because they are the lessor of two evils. Gone are the days where I vote democrat just because it’s what black people do. As a African-American male, if you’re not speaking on issues that affect my community in detail, i refuse the right to vote for you. The Democratic Party has used and abused the black vote for too long. None of the three democratic candidates, Hillary, Bernie or Martin have made racial justice a top priority in their campaign. This needs to change and our voices need to be heard for once. I’m sick of racial issues being ignored while our communities continue to be grossly affected. Who will be the first candidate to rise up and unapologetically say “Black lives matter?”
Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley had a chance to engage Black Lives Matter protestors at a Netroots Nation conference in Arizona. They fumbled almost every question asked to them, with Bernie Sanders completely ignoring the issue. Granted, Mass incarceration and prison reform have come up as footnotes but racial justice as a whole needs to be addressed. Personally, I want a candidate who is well versed on issues of race and how it affects almost every system in our country. Barack has done a great job in his second term brining discussions of race to the forefront and whomever is in office needs to continue this discussion , frankly and in greater detail. Democrats have historically ignored black issues except when it could get them a vote. Bill Clinton was loved by black americans, yet passed one of the most discriminatory criminal justice bills this country has ever seen. This cannot happen again. Cases like Tamir Rice, Sandra Blunt, Rekia Boyd, Natasha McKenna, and Jordan Davis need to be heard and addressed. Black Lives Matter. We now have a voice and a community that cannot and will not be silenced.
Dear future candidates,
If you want my and many other votes, you WILL discuss police brutality, mass incarceration, the war on drugs, mandatory minimums, sentencing laws, prison reform, raising minimum wage, bringing jobs back to the inner cities etc. These are not just black issues, but American issues that just happen to disproportionately affect people of color. Every American needs to be educated on issues that affect people of color because we’ve been hiding in the shadows for too long.