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Why All African Americans Should Register Independent

Honestly, this is the only way we can level the playing field and put an end to this nonsense. It’s the only way we’re going to get Republicans to campaign for our vote by other means than convincing us we’re idiots otherwise. It’s the only way we’re going to get Democrats to stop taking advantage of our vote and stop using racism as a tool to fear us into voting for the left.

I've said before that I like President Bush and have gotten hell for it from other blacks, but especially white liberals who assume that my skin color should clearly make me hate him. Sorry, my values aren't based in color but character. I respect Bush's faith and his simplicity. That doesn't mean I think he's done a good job as President and when it comes to issues specific to African Americans, he hasn't done nearly what he could have.

On the other hand, the Democrats have taken advantage of this tenuous relationship between blacks and Bush and used racism to push a fear vote. Kerry has never connected with the community so they've decided to get us to vote for him by scaring the heck out of us. Their belief that we are all obsessed with racism and define our needs by our skin color will backfire.

Several articles over the past couple of days have highlighted how this campaign year has effected the black vote. How misperception, stereotypes, negative campaigning and being taken for granted have shown the lack of respect both parties have for us.

Black America Web: Bush Camp does not include Blacks in their great 'We'
Black America Web: Flyer about black voters angers MO GOP
Chicago Tribune:A surprising black `bump' for Bush
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Black voters divided over economic, religious issues
Washington Times: Kerry tries to shore up black vote
President Bush Declines BET Invitation to Address African-American Voters
Yahoo! News: African American Leaders Praise President Bush's Positive Policies
USA TODAY:Kerry Slow To Energize Black Vote

It upsets me that, with a few exceptions, so much is based on race. It's an unavoidable circumstance that can't and shouldn't be ignored, but we have to move beyond it because until we do both parties will be able to use it to manipulate, pander and mislead us. The way racism is thrown around so casually makes it unclear what is and isn't real and this is why nothing ever changes.

I have a feeling that Bush's 2000 take of 10% of the black vote will be larger this time. Even if it stays the same, it will prove the numbers have increased because more blacks will vote this year than in 2000. If Bush wins again, hopefully the next four years will be better than the last. If Kerry wins, the message is the same. Either way, if we all register as Indepedents, the 2008 election could bring about more change for the better than any election since Lyndon Johnson.

Angela Winters

Posted by Politopics at October 21, 2004 11:51 AM