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Reply to "Why should Black Folk Vote?"

Originally posted by Vox:
Choosing to remain subject to a government whose political system you have no intention of participating in makes as much sense to me as being an atheist, but choosing to go to church every Sunday and pay tithes.

It is infinitely easier for a nation to monolithicize a group and take aim at it, through its economic and legal institutions, when it chooses not to even act within the participatory governance structure set up here...
    Imagine a government earmarking money for economic development to communities where the people don't even vote....

Well... I thought about that last part and I wonder how you would answer what happens as a result of the decreasing White Voter Turn-Out?

Are they somehow singled out, ostracized, demonized or otherwise "monlithicized" for their poor Turn-Out?

Just rhetorical questions... (I understand your point). I would, however, like to use a Church metaphor if you will.

As far as Black "citizenship", the Black Vote & Turn-Out, participation and the ultimate 'earmarking' of funds... I'm sorry but I don't believe in the you have to "Get Right" theory before you can proverbially come to the Altar and partake of the Offerings. In other words, there is no reason for African-Americans to have to "out perform" Whites or others when it comes to voting in order to be taken seriously. Given that our voting numbers are measurably significant and there is a significant tradition for mobilizing the Black Electorate, our "benefits" from a system that we all participate in with our TAXES should not be contingent on some Black Herculean Voter Registration drive.

All my life, preachers have professed that you "Come As You Are", an invitation that says that by virtue of one's desire to "Change Your Life" is a crucial starting point and ENOUGH to put you in the 'good graces' of the "Church".

All I'm saying is that if we claim to be "citizens" but feel like we have to prove ourselves before we can reap the benefits of the 'fellowship' then we are resigning ourselves to that second-class citizenship, saying in essence, "We Don't *Deserve* Anything If We Don't Participate."

The logic behind that is crazy. It's all based on a theory that if Black people turned out in numbers equal to or greater than Whites and/or cast the "deciding" votes in elections that favorable policies will follow. Let's get off the Chronic!

The only thing the Black Vote can do is give us a "better" chance of having SOME favorable policies or at least not as many that are detrimental. In other words, Take Very Little Good with, hopefully, The Not So Bad.

I haven't read all the post here but it seems like everyone is working under the assumption that Black Voter Turn-Out is so much lower than anybody elses. Last I heard, Black Turn-Out was steadily increasing while everyone else's was decreasing and the overall Black Turn-out is a mere 3-4 percentage points behind Whites (nationally).

And, again, speaking about "monolithicizing"...
Hispanics vote in far fewer numbers but (*cough*) you don't get the sense that they are being "taken for granted" or dismissed...