|Source:See Black See Power- Nation of Islam Minister Malcolm X, in the 1960s.|
From See Black See Power
What Malcolm X was laying out in this speech, was what Africans-Americans have gone through since they were given their freedom and no longer slaves. And what they’ve gone through, since being free as slaves. All the racial discrimination that followed them, since being free.
Minister Malcolm was also telling African-Americans, not to fall in love with the Democratic Party. Which was a very important message especially in the 1960s. When the Southern Caucus in the Democratic Party, had so much power in Congress. The so-called Dixiecrats, that could kill legislation on their own to the point had it not have been for Congressional Republicans, (Progressive Republicans in that party) the civil rights bills of 1964, 65 and 68 do not get past. Because the Southern Caucus would’ve blocked them. Dixiecrats, today are now Southern Republicans, religious and Neo-Confederate Republicans. So he was telling his community, don’t fall in love with the Democratic Party. Because they haven’t done a hell of a lot for you.
Malcolm X’s, message about not falling in love with one party was not only very important back in the 1960s, but probably just as important today. Because once you put all of your eggs in one basket ( so to speak ) you can be taken advantage of. Because the party can take the attitude: “why do we have to respond to their concerns. Why do we even have to listen to them, where do they have to go without us. Are they going to become Republicans, a party that’s lost the African-American vote overwhelmingly the last twenty years or so"
It’s really President Reagan, who was the last Republican President, that could win any substantial votes in this community, with his two landslide victories in 1980 and 84. The problem with the Republicans Party, is that they’ve become the Dixiecrats and haven’t given the African-Americans much incentive to vote for them since the 1960s.
African-Americans like any other community needs to have choices in who to vote for. The Democratic Party now monopolizes this community because they’ve reached out to them. And we now finally have an African-American President. But Africans-Americans tend to be somewhat conservative on social issues, especially in the South. And believe in things like small business and being self-reliant. Not being forced to live off of public assistance. And the GOP hasn’t done much to take advantage of that to their loss.
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