quote:Originally posted by ZAKAR:
The problem is. The Democratic party doesnt respect our vote. They never really address our issues and when something important goes down that affects African American community the White liberal is absent.But yet they always talking about how progressive they are. When you look at the actual record of the Democratic party as it relate to the black community post 1965 has been terrible at best.
Agreed. But I think you've missed my point. My point is there are no organizations out there that address my [our] issues/interests of the Black community; but, unlike the republicans, the Democrats do address issues/interests that I have as a middle-class working stiff, that is a couple of paychecks or a major illness from homelessness. So absent a viable alternative, I will continue voting my [democratic] middle-class interests.
quote:I mean I've posted quite a few times about building a independent black party so we can have an organization whose total mission is the advancement of the intrest of black people.Why cant we do this. What do you suggest we do , give some insight on how your ideas about better the situation for black people? Here is something different.
I view building an independent Black party on the national level, today ... right now ... as a romantic, but self-defeating strategy. [I'm assuming that you are talking about a Black party that will run Black candidates and will not consider forming alliances or supporting existing party candidates.]
I see that strategy as only working on the local/state-wide level, where Black folk have sufficient numbers to, if not elect representatives directly, have major influence in elections. That's to say, a Black party can win offices in a lot of precinct-wide races, in many city-wide races, in a few county-wide races; but in very few state-wide races. We just don't have the numbers.
Nationally, the republicans don't need, and frankly don't care about, the Black vote; but the democrats need the Black vote to win. IMHO, forming an independent Black party merely ensures that republicans will continue to win national elections.