Why every black person should vote

The reason why you should vote is because it is the primary expression of your power in a democracy. 

Do you feel like you have no power?

People who feel like they have no power often are the main ones attacking, minimizing, and giving their power up. Votes don't exist in a vacuum. They are influenced by advertisements on tv, radio, and by friends and family. Black people are very influential. We have no problem influencing the entire world when it comes to entertainment, fashion, etc. But if you don't vote why would other people outside of your community vote with you? There are leaders and followers. If you don't like where you're going then lead. If you don't lead then no one can follow you. So understand that you do have power and that power can be expressed in several ways but if you aren't even a voter then you cannot argue that anyone else should vote or how they should vote.

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  • Do you feel like you're not going to win?


    Have you ever played on a team? If you're playing a game expecting to lose then your performance is going to help the other team win. And so if you sit on the bench and your team was already down a few players, both from population and for people being in the penalty box, how is you sitting on the bench helping the rest of your team? It's not. It's doing the opposite. It's hurting your team. Why are you voting for just yourself when the decisions of elected officials affects your whole community and the futures of all of our children? Do you feel like we can't win? We won in 2008 so that argument doesn't make sense. Not only that but every vote not counted against the other side actually helps them use dirty tactics, redistricting and such, to suppress the votes of those who do actually want to vote because they know how important it is to fight back.

  • Do you feel like it's useless or too inconvenient to fight back?


    Imagine if that's how every slave felt. Imagine if that's how every black person felt during the civil rights era. We have NEVER been the majority in a national vote. That doesn't mean you simply lay down and take it. Fight back. If you have any strength at all, use it. Why would you sit there on the sidelines while other people are fighting for us and you just sitting it out being negative and telling other people you aint voting, trying to spread your despair. When people did that in actual war often they would be executed, sometimes on the spot, for desertion. Because if you're damaging morale it's like you're an agent working for the other team.

  • You mad because you didn't pick the teams?


    I didn't pick my boss but I still work for him because I need a paycheck. Why do you think you should get to choose who runs? Make the best of it. Why would anyone who his more like minded to you actually run if they can't count on your support because you're letting the car drive with your hands off the wheel. If they can't hear you through your vote while you're a minority why would they run when it takes millions of dollars to do so?

  • You mad because people get in office and forget about you?


    Voting is only one part of the equation. If they forget about you its because you allow them to. Politics doesn't start or stop in the voting booth. It's 24/7. You vote with your money. You donate. You write emails. You participate in polls. The reason why Trump knows to throw red meat to his base is because he can actually hear them tell him what they want. Unlike other politicians who have their own ideology and philosophy, Trump doesn't. He just likes power. But he doesn't forget about the people that got him elected because he would like to stay in power. The same is true for all other politicians. If you're not voting for them then they are far less likely to care what you think. Let's be pragmatic. If you don't care to help them why should they care to help you? They're supposed to? No. They're not. They represent THEIR VOTERS!!! If you're not their voters then they don't have to represent you at all!

  • You don't see black candidates on the ballot?


    There are always black candidates in local races if nothing else as long as you don't live deep in the corn fields somewhere where not enough black people are. But you can donate to black candidates anywhere in the country. Take your pick. Look for a black or minority PAC (political action committee) and leverage more power to help selected candidates.

  • You don't like the 2 party system and think both parties are the same?


    In some ways they are. But in others they are not. Democrats need the black vote to win because liberal and progressive views (amount and swiftness of change) is the minority view among whites because whites are in the strongest position of power and therefore much more likely to want to keep things the same (conservatives). If we had everything we wanted we would likely be conservatives too. So don't blame them. Just fight for yours. Both sides are motivated by the same things. Both sides want to win and therefore both sides must appeal to their base. They have to do enough for those they represent for those they represent to keep voting for them. If they always won because they had the numbers they wouldn't necessarily ask what you want and need. But because they need you then your needs become part of theirs, because you're part of that team. Now this is complicated by the other side giving up on you entirely and not even going after your vote which means the other side doesn't have to throw you much. Anything will be better than what the other side is offering. But it's your job to hold them to account and make sure they follow through and make sure they win enough so that they can follow through because its not like they don't have opposition after you elect them. They have to vote too and they could lose those votes to the people on the other side that you let win by not participating.

  • Maybe you don't like capitalism?


    Don't like the whole system? Many people feel the same way. The system benefits the wealthy because the wealthy have the most votes because they're buying votes through the fundraising campaigns. But they can still lose because their ad buys can only shine a turd so much and the fact that they spend over 50 and sometimes even a hundred MILLION... that should be enough to show you that people with a lot of money know just how many people are in the MIDDLE and if they can sway enough of the middle to their side they'll win. So if you're imagining that its all whites on one side and all blacks on another, think again. If that was the case no one would spend so much money on advertisements. Capitalism uses money to influence people. Not everyone can be influenced this way because they care how their vote is going to impact their lives. But there are politicians who don't like the system either but if you don't support them enough they don't win their primaries and so you're going to get more mainstream candidates like Joe Biden. Trump was NOT a mainstream candidate. People thought he was sure to lose because they underestimated the middle and how many people actually wanted to blow up Washington with a wild card like Trump who wasn't a politician. They won and now he's the president. His base is happy with him, like it or not, because they feel like he's doing what they voted for him to do. If they're wrong about that it's because they're misinformed.

  • Are you misinformed?


    Many people get influenced by conspiracy theories, not realizing that the biggest conspiracy theorists tend to be Republican. And so when they create new theories they mix in common themes that amount to political propaganda. You're trusting people from the opposing party to tell you about members of the party they're opposing. Of course you can't trust them to be honest about that. Why would they be? It's not in their interest to make conspiracy theories about other republicans and the republican agenda. Why would they hurt themselves by influencing you to vote against their interests? So, it's simple. They influence people to vote FOR their interests by influencing them to vote against their own by creating personal opposition to specific people, claiming their pedophiles and part of some scheme to secretly against the people they need to vote for them. This often works because people under the influence start to believe the regular sources of credible information are lying and the liars who create conspiracy theories are the only ones who can be trusted to tell the truth. Just because someone gives you a motive why someone else might lie doesn't mean they have no motive to lie themselves.

  • I believe a vibrant relative country will promote and adopt  'socialism  and capitalism'  as virtual strength of any country.

  • Yes, that is true.

    On the one hand you have competition (taking) and on the other you have giving. Every society should constantly be trying to balance itself.

  • strAightalk1strAightalk1 AUGUSTA, GEORGIA
    ZealotX wrote: »
    Black people are VERY INFLUENTIAL, understand that you do have power and that power can be expressed in several ways



    FANtastic! <3
  • TimenOmoreTimenOmore Everywhere
    ZealotX wrote: »
    Black people are VERY INFLUENTIAL, understand that you do have power and that power can be expressed in several ways...


    Yes, Including, as a united people, not voting for any candidate.

  • What about the American historical record, which has shown time and again that its not voting that changes things in America. Voting didn't end slavery...voting didn't end Black codes and segregation...voting isn't ending mass incarceration aka slavery by another name or ending the drug war....

    The point being, what do you think we will get from voting?
  • You keep accentuating the negative, why is this? Voting is important because you don't only vote for politicians on Capitol Hill, but you also vote for politicians in your respective counties. These are are the ones we have to pressure in order to bring about change in our neighborhoods, and if we do this this, it makes them accountable to us. Thus making changes from the ground up. How many of you have arranged meetings with the politicians in your county, and expressed the problems that plague your neighborhood? We voted for them so we have to hold their feet to the fire in order to bring about change in our neighborhoods. If we catch them taking bribes we picket until they are removed from office. Have faith in yourself and in God.
  • Nandi wrote: »
    You keep accentuating the negative, why is this? Voting is important because you don't only vote for politicians on Capitol Hill, but you also vote for politicians in your respective counties. These are are the ones we have to pressure in order to bring about change in our neighborhoods, and if we do this this, it makes them accountable to us. Thus making changes from the ground up. How many of you have arranged meetings with the politicians in your county, and expressed the problems that plague your neighborhood? We voted for them so we have to hold their feet to the fire in order to bring about change in our neighborhoods. If we catch them taking bribes we picket until they are removed from office. Have faith in yourself and in God.

    Avoiding the negatives in life doesn't lead to better lives. It leads to the opposite. If there is no proper analysis of the various methods that are used to gain Black liberation then how do you expect to improve and actually reach the goal? Especially since the 'enemy' is changing to stay ahead. Also, you aren't going to convince me that voting is good by attempting to get me to do it your way. I've looked at the historical data and made my decision based on that, not my dreams or the endless calls for political engagement that gets mistaken for activism. Voting, no matter the size of the area, is mostly useless for Black people. It will NEVER enact change on its own, it is literally invested in keeping America exactly as it is right now. What evidence do you have against this, for Black people exclusively?
  • Nandi wrote: »
    You keep accentuating the negative, why is this? Voting is important because you don't only vote for politicians on Capitol Hill, but you also vote for politicians in your respective counties. These are are the ones we have to pressure in order to bring about change in our neighborhoods, and if we do this this, it makes them accountable to us. Thus making changes from the ground up. How many of you have arranged meetings with the politicians in your county, and expressed the problems that plague your neighborhood? We voted for them so we have to hold their feet to the fire in order to bring about change in our neighborhoods. If we catch them taking bribes we picket until they are removed from office. Have faith in yourself and in God.

    Avoiding the negatives in life doesn't lead to better lives. It leads to the opposite. If there is no proper analysis of the various methods that are used to gain Black liberation then how do you expect to improve and actually reach the goal? Especially since the 'enemy' is changing to stay ahead. Also, you aren't going to convince me that voting is good by attempting to get me to do it your way. I've looked at the historical data and made my decision based on that, not my dreams or the endless calls for political engagement that gets mistaken for activism. Voting, no matter the size of the area, is mostly useless for Black people. It will NEVER enact change on its own, it is literally invested in keeping America exactly as it is right now. What evidence do you have against this, for Black people exclusively?

    If voting is some how useless as you say, then what other method do you propose? Voting has been a real means for change for black people, I have witnessed it! Been involved with it, etc. I totally disagree with your assessment. Btw, you seem to be trying to in some way denigrate the intelligence of the average black person as we are some naive about our racial and social predicament here in this nation. What is then your motive for transgressing' this message board? You sound very...
  • edited September 7
    You say that you've witnessed it. But you offer no examples. Just your word on the internet. Forgive me if I don't take it seriously yet.

    I don't know why you say I "denegrate the intelligence of the average Black person" when I only desire well reasoned and thoughtful solutions to the problems of Black life in America. I just disagree, don't take it too personally. I love Black people and just want to help make life better for us all.
  • Dude can da BS... I voted hundreds of times. You offered no solutions. Btw, Gfb takes nothing personally. Listen @ u, talking about how you love black people, etc. How mighty white of you... Where you from boy? We don't say "internet" up in hea. Yeah right, "I love Black people.." Gfb ova hea LMBAO... @ yo BS...
  • You voted. Great. And look at where Black people are. I guess that is YOUR 'workable solution'. The same tired, ineffective call for more work with the institutional racist political arena in the US. I'm sure, once all the fighting and damage is done you'll still be able to put your mark on a paper with a name on it and feel as if you have achieved something. Here's a solution for you: Don't vote.
  • edited September 8
    Boy, I really think you got off at da wrong Bus stop! You ain't neva fought for nothing! All you got is words, hell Gfb got a play for words. who sent ya hea boy? You came da tell us how u gon make America great again? i read right thu boy, I see dat confederate flag in yo back pocket! Here's yo workable solution: step!!!
  • You are wrong. Movements must start with words and plans, not action. That's how a problem is made bigger.
  • Not wrong boy, but right! Your BS ain't jivin' with Gfb! Best you go back reassess your purpose in being up in hea. You act as if you are the black messiah, etc. You came da save all of us from ourselves, or from what? Oh yeah, you got plans! Boy, look movements are started because of actions! Action begets Action boy! Now run alone with yo naive self! Gfb easing on..
  • "In a sense, these sessions at Bobby's house were our political education classes, and the Party sort of grew out of them" Huey Newton, Revolutionary Suicide.
    Learn then do.
    For a user who accused me of trying to lead, you don't act as someone who needs to validate their claims with examples, since you give none. I guess what is really happening is projection!
  • Look at you, apparently you didn't learn very well. Where are your solutions? What have you accomplished? except run all up in hea with big words and a slow mind. Ya heard... take it to da streets, if ya wants da create yo black movement! Betcha don't kno dem streets do ya boy? So you brought that weak shyt hea. Oh well...
  • I appreciate your encouragement, I'll go on my time not yours.
  • I appreciate your encouragement, I'll go on my time not yours.

    Just like I thought, dem streets you can't handled. Yo time indeed boy, it's tuff out hea. Best ya take dem stocking off before you attempt it. jaggy war, this ain't yo game boy. Or gurl, which eva suits ya. U got plans alright... Shyt... and ya can't name a damn thang ya did! Whut yo name is again?
  • Grunts and gasps aren't an argument old man.
  • Whut yo name is agin boy, JAGGIE, whut kind of name is dat?
  • Who gib u dat name Jaggie? dat's a slave name boy! I thought you knew...
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