What do black vot­ers have to lose?

South Florida Times - - OPINION - Times South Florida

Black vot­ers, es­pe­cially Chris­tians, need to run, not walk, away from the soul­less Demo­cratic Party and con­sider be­com­ing reg­is­tered Re­pub­li­cans. Let me tell you why.

The black com­mu­nity has been brain­washed over the past 50 years to look at the Demo­cratic Party as the sav­ior and pro­tec­tor of the poor, the down­trod­den, the dis­crim­i­nated – in other words – vic­tims. And black folk have been er­ro­neously por­trayed as per­pet­ual vic­tims – vic­tims of a racist so­ci­ety who need white Lib­er­als to take care of them, be­cause they can’t take care of them­selves by them­selves.

Con­se­quently, black folk have con­stantly been in­volved in bash­ing and den­i­grat­ing the op­po­nents of the Demo­cratic Party (Re­pub­li­cans) as the racists who are re­spon­si­ble for their piti­ful plight. Most don’t re­mem­ber or even know the his­tory of the Repub­li­can Party and its re­la­tion­ship to re­ally help­ing black folk, as op­posed to the lip ser­vice of­fered by Democrats.

For the past 20+ years, I have been writ­ing ar­ti­cles in an ef­fort to il­lu­mi­nate this in­sid­i­ous re­la­tion­ship be­tween Democrats and black folk, so my com­mu­nity can see the dan­ger in giv­ing Democrats 95 per­cent of our votes. Sadly, it’s an is­sue that is about to worsen. The March 1 edi­tion of the

in­cluded a staff re­port that Black Lives Mat­ter co-cre­ator had launched the Black Fu­tures Lab.

Now the Black Fu­tures Lab in­tends to sur­vey 200,000 black folks across 20 states to “mo­bi­lize…black peo­ple, leg­is­la­tors, and com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tions to build po­lit­i­cal power and push for poli­cies that help strengthen black com­mu­ni­ties.” They are part­ner­ing with De­mos, Color of Change, Cen­ter for Third World Or­ga­niz­ing, So­cioana­lit­ica Re­search, and the Tides Foun­da­tion – all rad­i­cal Left Wing Lib­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions, mostly funded by Ge­orge Soros’ Open So­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ali­cia Garza, co-cre­ator of Black Lives Mat­ter, also funded by bil­lion­aire So­cial­ist Ge­orge Soros, said “If we’ve learned any­thing from this past elec­tion, it’s that black folks drive the pro­gres­sive po­lit­i­cal power in this coun­try, but rarely ben­e­fit from the fruits of our la­bor.”

So “The Black Fu­tures Lab will de­velop strate­gies that help black peo­ple imag­ine the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic al­ter­na­tives needed at the lo­cal, state, and fed­eral level, while also build­ing the po­lit­i­cal power needed to im­ple­ment those al­ter­na­tives.”

Well I took the sur­vey and was very dis­turbed at the way the sur­vey was de­vel­oped. It per­pet­u­ated ba­sic as­sump­tions of black vic­tim­hood (i.e., po­lice pro­fil­ing, Right Wing Racism, etc.).

If, in fact, Ms. Garza wants to de­velop new strate­gies for al­ter­na­tives to the piti­ful plight in which most in­ner city Blacks find them­selves, she must re­al­ize the first rule of change which in­cor­po­rates the very def­i­ni­tion of in­san­ity – do­ing the same thing over and over again and ex­pect­ing dif­fer­ent re­sults.

She can­not change the nar­ra­tive in the Black com­mu­nity still con­nected by an um­bil­i­cal cord to the Demo­cratic Party. Un­less Ms. Garza cuts the cord from the very or­ga­ni­za­tions with which she has part­nered and from which she is funded, she will never re­al­ize “the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic al­ter­na­tives needed to build the power she seeks.

As Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump, POTUS #45, asked, “What do you have to lose?” The an­swer: Ab­so­lutely Noth­ing! But you will gain ev­ery­thing you think you want.

Star­bucks has proven to be one of Amer­ica's most re­spon­si­ble cor­po­rate cit­i­zens. In 2014, fol­low­ing the shoot­ing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Fer­gu­son, MO, by Of­fi­cer Dar­ren Wil­son, then Star­bucks CEO Howard Schultz took ac­tion when other cor­po­ra­tions re­mained silent.

Star­bucks launched its na­tional "Race To­gether" cam­paign that en­cour­aged Star­bucks' baris­tas (work­ers) to write "race to­gether" on cus­tomer cof­fee cups to spur con­ver­sa­tions about race within Star­bucks lo­ca­tions. Months later in 2015 fol­low­ing the shoot­ing of Walter Scott, Star­bucks CEO Howard D. Schultz was again ven­tur­ing into the arena of race re­la­tions while ap­pear­ing on stage at Spel­man Col­lege-a his­tor­i­cally-black women's in­sti­tu­tion-as part of a panel dis­cus­sion on the book ti­tled, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sit­ting To­gether in the Cafe­te­ria?"

Again and again, Star­bucks has been at the fore­front of cor­po­rate Amer­ica when it comes to cul­ti­vat­ing a so­ci­ety where all peo­ple mat­ter.

As Pres­i­dent and CEO of ONUS, Inc.-a na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to Re­solv­ing Long­stand­ing Prob­lems that Seem Too Big to Fix, I firmly be­lieve in the power of boy­cotts. Fol­low­ing the killing of Michael Brown, ONUS con­ducted one of the most ef­fec­tive and long-stand­ing boy­cotts in Fer­gu­son, MO, against Sam's Club and Wal-Mart.

Both stores rou­tinely called upon Fer­gu­son Po­lice to ar­rest Black men who ver­bally chal­lenged man­agers' de­ci­sions. Un­like Star­bucks, Wal-Mart, Inc. dou­bled­down in sup­port of its em­ploy­ees' hate­ful ac­tions and made no apol­ogy for

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