On Power Talk with Lorraine Jacques White we talked about the transition of minority power from African-Americans to Latinos. The Presidential Election revealed that black people are no longer in power as the main minority group in America. The show was heated as many listeners called in to voice their opinion on the new numbers. Have Blacks lost their power to Latinos??
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There are many lessons embedded in President Obama’s reelection victory, but for me, this comment from Obama during a pre-election interview with the Des Moines Register comes to mind:
And since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt. Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community. And this is a relatively new phenomenon.
He predicted it exactly. Although it is true that Latinos are the largest growing ethnic group, it is just as true that they’re not nearly as dependable a voting bloc for Democrats as blacks.
George W. Bush received a record setting share of the Latino vote in 2000 and 2004. Romney did not, and while much of this has to do with Romney’s decision not to reach out to the Latino community, it also touches on how swayable the Latino electorate is, especially when compared to the African-American community.
While the African-American community refuses to look twice at the GOP, no matter what, and for good reason, Latino voters seem to have a much more ‘what’s in it for me’ way of thinking when it comes to voting. Obama delivered on the DREAM Act, gave Latinos a Supreme Court justice, and challenged Arizona’s apartheid styled ‘show me your papers’ law, which bought him some goodwill from Latino voters. By offering real solutions to real problems facing, the Obama administration exchanged action for votes in the Latino community.
It is doubly ironic that, even with a black president, Latinos are valued more than blacks.
But what of the black community? Blacks aren’t really in the business of exchange. We’re in the business of doing the right thing because our ancestors died for it. That may be all well and good, and it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, but it’s not a winning strategy for getting what you want in the political sphere.
As other groups, such as the LGBT and Latino communities, entrench their positions under the big tent of the Democratic party, it is essential that the black community shift its strategy to a more t*t for tat, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours, form of political gamesmanship.
The logical thing to do is to make ourselves available to all politicians. If the GOP wants our vote, and they’re actually in desperate need of a little brown sugar in their coffee, then they should be willing to open the gates to free market opportunities which benefit blacks. How about an increase in the number of small business administration loans geared to African Americans? We could start there, then we could talk start -ups and other free market solutions to solve unemployment in the black community? And the same goes for Democrats. Want our votes? Then tell us what’s on the table. This is pay to play, and blacks having been playing for no pay for far too long. We’re owed a check. It’s time we get it.
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