Tomorrow, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies will hold a roundtable discussion and release an analysis of the importance of the black vote in determining which party will control the House and Senate when the dust settles on Election Day.
The report, Black Voters and Candidates and the 2010 Midterm Elections, “examine[s] how the African American vote has been a decisive factor in some recent midterm elections and whether it might do the same this year. This election year is one that falls on a 12-year cycle in which African Americans are geographically situated to have a maximum impact on election outcomes when they are motivated to vote.”
We already know what President Barack Obama thinks motivates African Americans. In the face of chronic joblessness and rising foreclosures in “our community,” Obama’s message to black voters:
Don’t make me look bad, now. I’m betting on you, not on them [pundits].
It’s a shame for people to vote and say “we need to hold these people accountable” and I have to ask the question accountable for what? What did they promise you? I have not seen the promise that has been made to Black people through political gain, so while other people tend to vote and go to the table and ask for benefits, Blacks tend to vote only because they feel they need to exercise their right.
Indeed, 89-year-old civil rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowery is featured in a radio ad asking black voters to “stand on the shoulders of those who came before you.”
The Joint Center event will be held from 10 am to 11 am. To RSVP, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.