After 48 years, #blacks haven’t turned the #VotingRightsAct into #capital yet

“What is clear is that democracy is not the prerequisite for economic growth that aid proponents maintain. On the contrary, it is economic growth that is a prerequisite for democracy; and the one thing economic growth does not need is aid.”–Dambisa Moyo, Dead Aid

That quote got me thinking some more about the yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  Combine the timing of democracy and growth with the need for blacks to hold on to the past grievances committed by men and women in government long since dead and you understand why in 48 years the black political economy has not moved much at all.

Fifty years ago, black Americans faced the same double-digit unemployment they face experience today.  On average a black American still earn less than a white American and the wealth gap between whites and blacks is approximately $105,000.  Yet blacks have been wailing over the past 24 hours about a future that may not occur as a result of the court’s declaration that section 4 of the VRA is unconstitutional.  The court’s actions are, in the words of the biggest whiner on Capitol Hill, U.S. Representative John Lewis, a dagger in the hearts of blacks.

I wouldn’t say that.  Instead, the ruling is a wake up call.  When “black” America honestly looks at itself as an emerging or developing economy, it will bitch less about the vote, and concern itself more with its output. Only after that will it control the vote without challenge from the pot-bellied yahoos with the ties that don’t reach their belly-buttons.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to After 48 years, #blacks haven’t turned the #VotingRightsAct into #capital yet

  1. Ken Ciszewski says:

    The Court’s ruling will allow some states to continue to try to limit the voting/political power of blacks, there’s no question about that. Even before the ruling some states tried to push the limits and do things to limit voting rights for blacks (as well as Democrats, older folks, etc.)

    If enough blacks owned enough really big businesses, they might be able to hire enough lobbyists to help improve their lot. At that point, though, I suspect that the lobbyists would be more for the businesses than for blacks as a group.

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