For at least the past fifty years, the Democratic Party has managed to successfully mine the Black American community for an important source of political capital: the vote. The Democrats have identified the Black community’s elite (or probably in some cases created them), and successfully persuaded them, with promises of privilege, power, and money, to message and persuade the masses to transfer votes to them. The masses in return receive low value trinkets, i.e. food stamps, low quality health care, sub-standard ratchet housing.
Power doesn’t like to share capital. Power will provide just enough in resources to maintain some calm among the have-nots. Distract the masses while high value resources and capital are being accumulated by a few households. The Democratic Party, as a surrogate for the few wealthy households, do a better job than Republicans at keeping the masses at arms length. While Republicans focus on non-emotional themes like military expansion, tax reform, job growth, or business expansion, the Democrats appeal to emotional issues such as health care, child care, social security, or civil rights.
There is a saying within the Black community that the community puts too much weight on its emotional lenses when assessing its political economy or when reacting to policy issues. Staying up in our feelings, especially feelings driven by past and current discrimination, have provided an opening for the Democratic Party to craft political packages that give the illusion of meeting a need. In exchange for their “Care Bear” packages, the Democrats extract hard political currency, the vote, from Blacks.
But are the items that the Democratic Party allegedly gives a shit about provided to Blacks in such a way as to make a substantial dent in Black America’s standard of living? As a survivability unit? In my opinion, the answer is no. Blacks are at the bottom of the economic totem pole in America, holding a fraction of the wealth that whites have, with an unemployment rate double that of their white counterparts. The dearth of wealth means no control of the factors of production that run an economy. Any achievements are in the “one-zee, two-zee” zone, achievements that tend to be reserved for elite blacks.
Is the Democratic Party holding Black Americans back? The answer is no. The Democrats offer nothing of substance, just rhetoric and trinkets that tickle emotions, but the decision to be powerless lies squarely on the shoulders of Black America. To be powerful, a people must choose self-determination. It would have been better for Blacks to appropriate the southeastern United States and start an independent colony there. It would have been a violent struggle but at least it would have resulted in resources, deep water ports, land, self-determination, and pride.