Magic’s post also falls short making an argument that could be remotely construed as well-reasoned or sound. His initial challenge in the form of a question is also intellectually suspect when you, again, take into consideration the fact that we have a minority group who has used their potential political strength to compel the Federal Government to ignore existing immigration policy. Even further, this group is the least educated and paid with a substantial amount of them unwilling or unable to learn English. I’ll repeat the fact that the two major political parties are falling all over themselves to placate them. There is more than one reason why Bush is pushing so hard for legislation to be drafted that would allow this group eventual citizenship while, at the same, the party in opposition is in complete agreement. If you, the reader, have trouble figuring this out, I will help you. It’s voting.
Despite what you disengagement-at-all-cost Negroes think, voting is a viable political tool because political policy is, in large part, driven by the polls. Political influence or access to it isn’t possible without getting (or knowing someone who will get) one more vote than their opponent in an election.
While Magic seems to know of the Electoral College (again learned in basic civics), the conclusion you draw from it suggests your pedestrian understanding of it. Without breaking down the reasoning behind the Electoral College, which flies in the face of the argument you pose later in your post, I will let you in on the fact that because African Americans (closer to 10% of the population than 18%) are concentrated in States that carry the largest number of Electoral votes, our
vote carries more weight than if we lived in less populous States that don’t carry a lot of Electoral College votes. All one has to do is review the behavior of the Republican National Committee in Florida (in 2000) and Ohio (in 2004). Both states, in both election years, found it necessary to illegally disenfranchise Black voters in order to win the 25 Electoral College votes in Florida and the 21 in Ohio respectively. So the question that begs to be asked is why would it be necessary to act out in this fashion if voting is a sham?
The hypothetical scenario that Magic puts forth also reveals his ignorance of basic civics. If he were a bit more knowledgeable, he would realize that a vote to put Black people in back in slavery is a non-starter. There are too many amendments to the Constitution in place to preclude it, although I would be interested in reading Lerome Bennett’s take on the Emancipation Proclamation.
Finally, I would just mention that it’s not coincidental that those who seem to believe that voting and other political activities are a sham are the same people who display their ignorance of the process to begin with. If you believe that all political power rests with the chief executive of the States or the Federal Government, of course they’ll be disappointed. But it should be noted that their disappointment is a product of their own ignorance.