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I always vote and plan to continue to vote.
You have to remember there have been other times when the African American vote did not change much in this country, but African Americans voted anyway, because they knew that if they continued to voted and if enough African Americans would register and vote, eventually they would see some change, either on the local level or on the national level, or both.
It is the same now. We are just seeing our vote ignored now because not enough African Americans are registered or voting and the opposition knows that. The opposition also knows that they can now, temporarily at least, replace out vote with the Hispanic vote in a lot of instances---the reason you see the Hispanics in this country being courted the way African Americans were courted in the seventies, etc.

I understand you lack of confidence in this system and how it has continously let the African American citizen down, but you must remember that it is not necessarily the system, but the person/people who have implemented or refused to implement anything beneficial to the African American citizen.
Also, you must remember that a very reliable enemy (if you will) tactic is to wear down their opponents' resistence, when all else fails; so if they cannot get us give up on our political philosophy(ies) and voting efforts then the next best thing would be to make it where our efforts appear to be in vain and with the hopes that we will eventually give up all together.
Another thing, that African Americans have to keep in mind is the fact that change is brought about in the local and state elections, not necessarily in the presidential elections, because it does not matter who the president is or his philosophy if the U.S. House and Senate, and/or the state Houses and Senates, and/or the state Governors are in opposition. Proof of this was the Clinton presidency, for example. African Americans need to focus their votes especially more in these political seats and then we will see change. At least we will definately see change in areas of this country where the African American population is either majority or in great percentage of the population; and then go from there.

With all of that said, African Americans still have to find away, (unity is the only way) to become financially independent within this country so that when our vote does not count, or when confronted with racism, or when there is a need (or desire) specific to the African American community/African American we are able to fill that need, and independent of reliance on "the white man" when that day comes.

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