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The Monolithic Black Vote -- and My Republican Dad

jimmylynn Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 11:46 PM
Larry, "And no matter how you hard work or how good you are, bad things will happen. How you react will tell if me and your mom raised a man." This is a message that so many people reject. They must blame someone for not succeeding. Instead of pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and moving forward, they become mired in their own self-pity and loath of those they blame for holding them down.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 1:50 PM
You know, that's a fine principle to live by for individual families. But when you look around and see ENTIRE COMMUNITIES with zero opportunities, and then you look around the country and see minority communities everywhere in the same desperate plight, the "work hard and take responsibility" message falls completely flat.

You take that message to a classroom full of inner city kids who KNOW it isn't true, and then work there for a decade until you also know it isn't true, and see if you will be delivering the same message, or trying to change the tune a little bit.

It's the people who have seen that the above message only works for some of us that devote their lives to real reform inside our most vulnerable communities.

In 13 wards in Philadelphia, reports the Inquirer, President Barack Obama received 99 percent of the vote! A local Democratic ward leader outlined the strategy: "In this election, you had to point out to people what was at stake. And in many cases, they felt that the Romney doctrine was not going to favor the working man."

Obama appears to have held on to most of his percentage of the black vote from 2008 -- even though the black unemployment rate in October reached 14.3 percent. Emmanuel Cleaver, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, admitted: "If (former President)...