Does voting harm the African American community? Is it a waste of time? The black vote is treasured as an entitlement by Democrats who offer hope for change in election after election, but the outlook for low-income, undereducated African Americans is not improving. Does this mean that the black vote selects the wrong candidates, or have we reached the point that black America is so valuable as a political problem that can never be fixed that the vote drifts to opportunists who do more harm than good?
Race in America
I wasn’t thinking about skin color when I heard about the plans to shut down Chicago’s Michigan Avenue shopping district on one of the busiest consumer spending days of the year. I was thinking about misguided stupidity.
Given the racist, anti-white rhetoric currently in vogue with activists and Black Lives Matter, it was a surprise that many of the protesters we watched in news footage shuffling down city streets and blocking businesses in response to the Laquan McDonald police shooting were not African American.
Three developing stories prove just how much we permit protest and politics to decide the value of life. The spread of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Sandra Bland protests, and the move to defund Planned Parenthood speak to our willingness to let the value of life be a sardonic decision made for the benefit of agitators and political heavyweights.
While Obama boasts reducing the number of federal prisoners,1 lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are showing signs that they aren’t done with mandatory minimum laws just yet. It doesn’t matter whether we slap mandatory penalties on guns, drugs, or failing to pick up after your dog. The result will be the same: charges that justice is not color blind.
Two children died on the streets of Chicago while the Congressional Black Caucus celebrated the removal of a historic relic in South Carolina. 1 As reported by the Chicago Tribune,2 Dillan Harris was sitting in his stroller when he was run over by a car escaping a shooting. The other child, seven-year-old Amari Brown, was shot dead.