At the risk of being totally out of step with today’s Black political elite, I must relate that the manner in which they have attempted to hand deliver the African-American vote to Hillary Clinton is in a word treasonous to the entire race.
There is little doubt that historically African-American voters have followed the directives of their leadership be it religious or political. Far too frequently, such individuals were so entrenched in their political positions that they could be considered Lords controlling serfs chained to the bottom of society without any hope of ever improving their plight.
Although it is difficult to accept, African-Americans have not only been trustworthy, but also reliable in regards to voting for whomever their leadership told them to vote for. White politicians such as Hillary Clinton have realized that they do not have to earn the Black vote, rather they simply need to curry favor with a few crucial Black politicians and the leadership of a few national level Civil Rights Organizations.
African-Americans are once again proving to be that old slow-moving trustworthy and reliable mule that blindly follows their political elite. When the alluded to leaders endorsed Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for the vast majority of Blacks that sealed the deal; there is apparently no need for them to listen to the candidates for themselves and analyze the issues with an independent mind.
If they did even a surface level investigation they would quickly discover that their self-appointed political leaders are hard-pressed, heck Hillary Clinton herself is hard-pressed, to articulate what she has ever done that makes her deserving of the African-American vote.
The manner in which African-American elected officials have fallen over themselves to endorse Hillary Clinton despite her failure to articulate a coherent, logical, and believable plan to address the politico economic plight of any segment of the African-American community leads one to believe that they have actually sold out their constituents for a yet to be seen reward once Clinton takes over the Oval Office.
It is most certainly time for African-American citizens to stop blindly following their elected officials if such individuals continue to operate as if their personal political interests and aspirations supercede those of their constituents.
I challenge any African-American elected official or religious leader who has endorsed Secretary Clinton to please articulate why they have given her their endorsement over Senator Sanders. What policy recommendation, which economic position has tilted your support toward Clinton?
I am absolutely certain that not a single leader will take this challenge to heart and respond. The truth of the matter is that they really do not have a need to respond, because they have for the longest time had the Black vote in their back pocket and there is no one, not me, not you, not their constituents who can sway them from their present course. And there is no doubting that such activities are not only a disservice to their constituents, but also central to their continual languishing in political powerlessness and economic poverty.
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
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