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Black Votes

Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Liz Randol who commented on the article by Irene Monroe, "The Scramble for Black Votes."

Identity politics are a tool the oligarchy uses to slice up the electorate into tiny pieces and keep us from the one thing that will make us unstoppable, Unity, as non members of the tiny club that ‘owns’ us. I say this as a lesbian, a feminist and a person of mixed blood.

That said, many of us have learned the lesson of Obama, whose black skin did not keep him from hurting the people who elected him in so many ways. Banks, home repossessions, homeless people, whistleblowers, Standing Rock. I won't get into detail as we all know this story.

P.S. I worked for him—in both campaigns. You can call me a slow learner, if you like. Or a True Believer. Either way, I am left with deep feelings of disappointment. And a burning desire to do better this time.

In these days when the planet herself is at risk, it is most important to discern the True Beating Heart of the candidate and make decisions from that place, based on a CLEAR RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIONS OVER THE YEARS.

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Words are cheap. and plenty have been thrown around in this election cycle—with no actions to back them up. I am referring in particular to Buttigieg, the newly anointed one of the Democratic Party, with a record HOSTILE to African American people in his town. I refer you to THE BLACK AGENDA for details…

A record which, when fully examined, will prove to be a Bridge Too Far for the Black people of this country and their allies in this scramble for Black Votes.

On the other hand is Bernie Sanders, an ally since the days of the 60s Civil Rights struggles. Check out his record and his hopes to bring us into the 20th century (one step at a time!)—by ending the inequality and suffering that have plagued everyone not of the anointed class and its hangers on, since the days of Nixon/Reagan.

It is shallow to look only at skin color of a nominee without looking at the policies behind the person. I personally follow the lead of Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard and AOC—three women of color

It is shallow to look only at skin color of a nominee without looking at the policies behind the person. I personally follow the lead of Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard and AOC—three women of color who support Bernie Sanders, who are each powerful leaders in their own right.

It is time to get beyond these guilt-inducing shallow analyses that just divide us and hold us back without energizing the core of us, the part of us that is excited by the idea of lifting the lives of ***every person***, without regard to Skin Color. We are all one people. Let’s get back to that.

We all deserve to live well and thrive in a nation that no longer tolerates hoarding by the super wealthy as a way of life. Spread the wealth! Spread the love. Spread the joy of being alive that this tiny group is keeping from us all. Wishing Love and INCLUSION to us ALL.