The Untold Recent History of Black America: A Primer (Part III, The Political)

-This post is dedicated to President Barack Hussein Obama, Racial Divider in Chief. You shouldn’t have gotten reelected, fool.

-“I’ll have these n*ggers voting Democrat for the next 200 years.” (Attributed to President Lyndon B. Johnson)

-Before we move to the final, and family-related, post in this series, a small detour into the Black political sphere is warranted. Now, before you read any further, spoiler alert: This next part may surprise you.

Ready?

Blacks vote Democrat.

Shocker, I know. Recent events of the Black Lives Matter kind may give you an idea of how that’s going. In the big picture, the relationship between Blacks and Democrats goes like this story I got to (unfortunately) see play out:

There was once an out-of-shape, low self-esteem girl who had a longtime, multiple felon boyfriend. He beat her regularly, got her to take him places and cook for him, stayed with her, knocked her up, and eventually got sent back to jail for kidnapping and (I believe) shooting at her. She did pretty much whatever he wanted. Interestingly, his criminal history included one stint in the joint for the attempted murder of one of his exes.

Her family tried to talk her out of dating him, but to no avail; those lovebirds even went to Chicago at one point. Personally, I didn’t care, as they seemed to deserve each other, but then their drama spilled onto one of my friends, and that caused several others to get involve, myself included. At one point, if this man had’ve approached me, he would’ve been the first man I ever drew a gun on. Thankfully, that didn’t happen, and at the time of this post, he is somewhere doing his time. She is God knows where with a baby; yet another Black single mother in an ever growing legion. I feel for her kid, though.

Here’s the metaphor: the Democratic party is the abusive boyfriend, the girl is Black votership for at least the last 60 years, and I am the coming confrontation with the larger society as Black populations become ever more feral and violent. Sadly, unlike in that story, you can’t jail Democrats (Ain’t that right, Mrs. Clinton?).

The modern (post-Civil Rights Movement) era of Black political history is, ironically, very dark. It is pretty complex in microcosm, but overall pretty simple, narrative-wise. From the height of the Civil Rights Era onward, it is a story of decline, obsolescence, and violence. Basically, Blacks were already pretty solidly in line with the Democratic party before the Civil Rights era, and after that, Blacks have voted 80-plus-percent for the former pro-slavery party to this day. So basically it boils down to: For the first 70 years Blacks could vote (ignoring Jim Crow voter suppression laws), up until FDR’s 2nd term, they mostly voted Republican (1866ish-1936). From then on, it’s been 80 years solid Democrat (1936-2016).

The reasons for this longtime sordid affair stem from the historical racial oppression Blacks faced in the early 1900s, the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression of the 1930s (Basically, his anti-poverty stances and the destitution of the day made the voting choices for Blacks who could vote pretty clear and stark), and the initiation of the Great Society by Lyndon B. Johnson during his presidency. I call this a sordid affair and a simple story because the modern version of it basically started in the 1960s, and all trends since then have been only variations on themes set into place back then, with one exception: the War On Drugs (more on that later).

Nearly all the major trends you see now in the “Black community” started in the 1960s. The single motherhood rates, prevalence of gangs, subpar academic and economic performance, overall government dependence yet simultaneous antagonistic relationship with law enforcement, urban-centered culture, and separatist sub-movements all have their biggest roots in the hippie decade (or, in the case of separatist movements, before then, and dating back to the 1800s), and all came to prevalence by the end of the 1970s at the latest. The only other major trend, the drug trade, was already there, but came to prominence after the government pushed massive amounts of drugs into Black urban enclaves through pushers like “Freeway” Ricky Ross (the guy Rick Ross gets his rap name from) and other, South American connections under President Ronald Reagan. Meanwhile, Reagan’s wife started the “Just Say No (to Drugs)” campaign and pushed more punitive drug policies, and this basically set up the rest of the modern Black sociopolitical scene.

Nothing much since then has changed; things have just intensified. BLM is just another inflammation of the Malcolm X/Black Panther Party style “Black Power” movements of the ’70s and ’80s, albeit less intelligent and more randomly violent. Same thing goes for the gangs. The Crips and Bloods, and other such Black gangs, started or gained influence in the late 1960s and 1970s as a way for Blacks to push back against Bull Connor-style policing of their neighborhoods and other racial injustices, as well as inter-gang violence. They also acted (as they still do) as prominent political forces. Eventually, through things like COINTELPRO and the Great Society welfare/anti-poverty programs, the government took out Black leadership in gangs and political movements (read: Black men were taken out of power by Uncle Sam), and the criminal and chaotic forces rose up to fill the vacuum.

The only other thing of note is how Democrats continually stir up racial tension every 4 years to wake up their Black sla…er, I mean voter base, and how Black communities in general are ever more rapidly imploding (No good men, no fathers, no hope. No government ever devised can fix that). Hell, even Blacks torching and looting buildings in their enclaves isn’t new. In fact, that kind of thing touched off the mass population decline of Detroit back in 1967, and shook up LA back in the Rodney King days. It happens in a big city at least once every 20-30 years. With Black politics, ain’t nothin’ new under the sun.

There’s more, but that truly is the basic tale of post-’60s Black politics, and seriously, not much has changed, just more decline. I can boil it down to one sentence: They threw out Black men and replaced them with government programs. So the next time you go out and see a group Black single mothers with their children, don’t fret about who their baby-daddies are; their husband is Uncle Sam. Those absent men? Just interim sperm donors.

The next and final installment in this series will focus on the underlying issues of sexuality and family structure in the “Black community”. Till then, peace.

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