As we approach on August 28th the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, some people have stated we need to have a national conversation about race. I agree and I would like to do that, hopefully without hitting on too many tired clichés.
Despite the fact that we have a Black President, the emphasis on race in this society seems not to have taken a vacation. In fact, it appears to have been exacerbated. Recently many people have criticized President Obama for not doing enough about the disintegrating black family structure. We wrote last November before the election that was the single biggest failure of his first term, and the most significant reason he did not deserve reelection. But this is just the tip of the race iceberg.
The Supreme Court decided that every Southern state no longer met the criteria it did 50 years ago for being racist and anti-Black in its voting procedures. Instead of people applauding the fact that progress had been made, certain elements of our society denounced the decision as obviously premature. In a recent speech, presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stated, “Anyone that says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.” Ms. Clinton must not be paying attention.
She seems to be ignorant of the fact that the percentage of Blacks voting has steadily risen since 1996. That means, in every presidential election over the last five elections, Blacks voter participation has increased. This culminated in 2012 with a higher percentage of Blacks voting than Whites. What we should really be focused on is the pathetic percentage of Asian voters.
The significant increase in Black turnout apparently is not good enough. Analysts have said Democrats are worried that without Barack Obama on the ticket that the percentage of Black turnout will fall. That is why they believe people like Clinton are out stirring up the issue. So let us get this straight, if there is not a Black on the ticket, Blacks will stop showing up to determine the next President and that is the fault of a racist voting system?