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“[O]ur survey suggests that if Sanders—or whomever Democrats ultimately choose—wants to win over black voters, a message stressing economic justice is not the best option; he needs to appeal explicitly to race (italics added). This finding builds on emerging work showing that the perception of threat on the part of racial minorities can encourage political participation, as has been demonstrated in the Latino community. It also builds on our finding, published in a previous study, that holding negative opinions of Trump can be a mobilizing force for African American voters.
Why is a message emphasizing racism so effective, relative to the alternatives? Simply put, race is the principal identity that resonates with the black community (italics added). History makes clear that racism affects every aspect of African Americans’ lives, so much so that most members of the black community perceive that they share a common fate (italics added). This is not to say that class isn’t sometimes important, but when it comes to political engagement, racial identity is a more reliable predictor of black political behavior (italics added).”
This passage from Politico, which discusses Bernie Sanders’ underwhelming performance with black voters during the Democrat presidential primaries, confirms several sad truisms that most Americans already know.
In the post-civil rights era, blacks have singularly defined themselves – at their own expense and relevance – by race. If any Democrat candidate specifically, and the party generally, wants to attract black voters, they only have to appeal to race or, as the passage shows, play on racial hysteria to manipulate blacks into voting. Even more limiting, blacks have sacrificed their individuality for collective, racial self-identity. This, too, is demonstrated by a willing resignation to the deterministic view that blacks share a common fate, despite contrary evidence, and any and all attempts at self-determination.
Suffice it to say, Democrat candidates have not, will not, and ultimately do not have to appeal to blacks by addressing the systemic and substandard government schools that have miseducated and undereducated blacks for several generations.
Democrat candidates will not be forced to address the burdensome economic regulations which prevent black teenagers and black males from entering into and staying put in the workforce, which also prevents black entrepreneurship.
In their appeal to black voters, Democrat candidates will not be forced to answer for supporting costly environmental regulations which prohibit blacks from purchasing (better) homes in more desirable neighborhoods, which confines them to less desirable neighborhoods at best, and violent neighborhoods at worst, both of which minimize human flourishing. Moreover, these economic restrictions also increase the costs of oil gas, electricity, cars, food, and other goods and services which in turn, partially contributes to the racial wealth gap Democrats claim to care about.
Democrat candidates will not be forced to explain, in detail, their preference for illegal immigrants – who by definition are not only a drain on services in neighborhoods that are disproportionally black but who also compete with blacks for low-skill jobs.
These issues simply scratch the surface of what Democrats aren’t forced to defend vis-à-vis electoral appeals to blacks precisely because blacks have cornered themselves into a single-issue demographic that prioritizes more important quality-of-life concerns behind racial identity and “racial issues.”
Blacks often complain about the fact that one party takes their votes for granted while the other party ignores their votes altogether. Well, we see why.
Ultimately, blacks can’t complain about a problem they helped create and continue to sustain.Published in