Let's deal with the old saying that so and so died so we could vote, truthfully and respectfully so and so died so that we can have the right to vote, and it has always been up to the individual to vote. With that said, I would like to hear from all those who plan to vote and those who plan not to vote and why?
I have not; will not and as of now believe I will never vote in a presidential election. For too long Black men and women have had to settle for the lesser of the two evils, while white folk decide who will benefit them the most. The good ole boy Clinton while touted as a friend of the Black community, signed plenty of legislation that he knew was harmful to the Black community, but still signed it as to save face with his white constituents. Every President will acknowledge that what happen to the Black man and woman in America is one of the worst crimes in all of human history, however none of them will do anything as far as redress. They pay us Lip service or no service. Some of us enjoy Lip Service and love the celebrity of the president and this is why even today Bush can go to a Black church and receive a standing ovation. I think Black people are putting to much time and energy into a system that has proven to us time and time again that we don't mean a damn thing to the system. So for this reason and plenty of other reasons I will not vote, and you better believe I will continue to voice my opinion on the evils this country has done, is doing and will do A lot of people like to say silly things like if you don't vote you have no right to speak about what is wrong, as if their wasted vote empowers them with a special privilege, and those of us who do not take the symbolic step to vote is powerless. I have not seen one thing that proved those who wasted a vote in the Gore/Bush election has been endowed with some special power to speak out. Voting for Bush, Dean or any of the other presidential hopefuls will get us nothing more than lip service and I really don't care for their lip service.
"We got to organize ourselves, We got to mobilize and there can't be no confusion in our collective solution, If not for ourselves, then for our kids, because we know who our enemy is!"
DPZ "for the hood"
More to come later!
Your Brother Faheem