I think that Faheem is absolutely right. In reality, black people actually have more leverage (in the long run) by NOT participating than by participating (in the short run). There is a white liberal interest represented by the Democratic Party. That liberal interest can rarely win the White House without black support. If we give them that vote unconditionally by feeling that we MUST vote, there will never be an incentive for them to put our issues to the forefront of the parties agenda or platform. By boycotting an election, white liberal interest will be forced to address our issues, lest their interest never make it into the white house again.
To follow the path of MBM and others will only result in the continued marginalizing of our people in the political process. Think about it. Why should they do any thing of substance for us when they know that they have our vote locked up now and in the furture? We should not be fooled into believing that white liberal interest = black interest, because it does not...unless it of FORCED to be.
Truth is always fraught with impediments. Truth agreed with is a blessed duet. Truth confronting beloved vice will sever relationships, perpetrate flight, and uncover murderous rage. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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