More than any other election in recent history, black voters complain that their vote is not being honored. Democrats seem to think the black vote is, as usual, stuck – an electorate captured.
Election capture is what happens when a political party can rely so consistently on the support of a non-white electorate that it no longer has an incentive to appeal to those voters, Reclaim reported. For Democrats, it’s the black vote. Black voters have voted with Democrats since the 1960s and, for the most part, have rarely gone astray.
Black progressives like Cornel West and Nina Turner and celebrities like Ice Cube and P. Diddy ask Democrats, “What’s in this for us?” “
Not much, seems to be the answer.
Black voters are routinely overlooked by the American political system, according to Paul Frymer, a professor of politics at Princeton, who wrote the 1999 book, “Difficult Alliances: Racial and Partisan Competition in America. “
This disappointment occurs despite the fact that black voter turnout is consistently among the highest in the United States, reaching nearly 60% in the historic 2008 presidential election, when Barack Obama won the presidency.
Politicians focus their attention on white voters, and the two-party system is structured to set aside the concerns of black voters because they consistently and overwhelmingly favor a party, Frymer wrote, according to five thirty eight.
Despite their support, black America was not rewarded. It’s quite the opposite. Mainstream politics ignore black interests. Mass incarceration disproportionately affects blacks, black civilians are shot dead by police at higher rates, and black communities remain ignored.
Frymer argues that “this is happening because both sides believe the coveted indecisive white moderate is dismissive (if not downright hostile) to efforts that advance black representation – a belief corroborated by American history,” Reappropriate reported.
Another Princeton professor – Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. – agrees and urges black voters to act.
Glaude, chair of the African-American Studies department at Princeton, and Fredrick C. Harris, director of the Center on African-American Politics and Society at Columbia University, have proposed launching an “exclusion campaign.” As part of this plan, black voters would use their vote strategically to demand better representation, they wrote in a statement. Time article.
“This election matters,” wrote Glaude and Harris. “But African Americans cannot engage in politics as usual. Desperately chronic times call for drastic measures. For too long, African-American participation in the democratic process has been distorted. Republicans show little interest in black voters, and Democrats simply take black voters for granted. “
Here’s how a “blank campaign” would work. “In the Red States, black voters vote as usual in ticket races, but leave their choice for the presidential candidate empty. In all other states and particularly in the battlefield states, black voters vote in overwhelming numbers for a Democratic victory, ”Reappropriate reported.
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While some observers say this approach would be risky, Glaude and Harris argued that it would ensure that “Democrats stop taking black votes for granted by showing how the black electorate can run a presidential election to a Democratic winner but are not captured enough to vote this. way blindly.
In a video posted to Twitter, Glaude said, “The game the Democratic Party has played, the game the Republican Party has played with black voters, we don’t participate… what I’m sure is that we have to do something… it’s not democracy.
The video sparked a response.
One person tweeted, “One of the only blue checks I respect. This man is so genuine. He understands !