Another Thought on Why Black People May Choose to Abstain from the Election

My recent mention of the arguments of the late WEB Dubois and his reasons for choosing not to vote has caused a bit of a stir with the YBW family and on social media. So, I thought I would share another way to look at the issue – it actually takes us back to the universal meaning of love and self-respect for avenues to consider all alternatives when achieving political empowerment…the thought is below and partially reflects a response I sent to a woman who asked me about the issue on Facebook:

If someone needs something from you and isn’t willing to compensate you for it, then you don’t give it to them, period. If black unemployment is the worst that it’s been in 25 years, I’m not sure how not voting in the next election can make things much worse- we don’t have much to lose, since Democrats don’t give us much more than Republicans anyway. Perhaps if we are not involved in the next election, both parties will respond like the abusive husband who now knows that he actually needs his wife and must compete for her valuable affection. We fought for the RIGHT to vote if we choose, but are by no means required to do so.
Again, if someone can give me 10 reasons black people benefit by supporting the Democrats without saying “because they are not as bad as the Republicans,” then I might change my mind. But the truth is that when a gunman gives you the choice between a slow death and a faster one, I say that the only alternative is to fight your way out of the oppressive situation altogether. You don’t have to remain in abusive relationships, be they personal or political – there’s nothing wrong with being alone until someone steps to you correctly.



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20 responses to “Another Thought on Why Black People May Choose to Abstain from the Election

  1. Renelda Moorehead

    Dr. Watkins, If you weren’t married, I’d ask you to marry me; it’s leap year, afterall. That is to say, BRILLIANT DEDUCTION…YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

  2. Dr. Christopher Mobley

    I’ll give two to get this started: As there are more Hispanics than African-Americans in the United States now and this will continue to grow, you’ve given another reason for both parties to just simply ignore African-Americans. You assume that the Democrats will fight to get us back.

    Reason 2 – There are more elections besides President. What about African-American state and local races at the state and local level? You’re walking away from those also? Why are you making it appear as if the Presidency is the only seat on the ballot when it is far from the case? You’re not only guaranteeing Republican dominance at the federal level, but a consolidation of Republican gains in state legislatures and gubernatorial offices. Nice way to set back African-American and progressive political gains and at the least bargaining for YEARS.

  3. henry duren


  4. Black people – wake up and head to polls in November. You’re in danger being relegated to the 60s again if you don’t vote for President Obama. May be some of you are too young to know what was like in the 60s. These GOP candidates hate you as a race and they are ready to destroy you. These include fellow Blacks such as Herman Gain and other Black GOP politicians. This time even White middle class are with you. They have learned a lesson – listening to racist TEA Party in 2010 elections. GOP governors are abusing them too – making them slaves. Now White middle class are supporting President Obama. Join them and vote for President Obama.

  5. Shirlene Pryor

    I am a 76 year old black woman born and raised in Texas. To even consider NOT VOTING is one of the crazyiest thing that I have ever heard of in this lifetime. I can think of so many positive changes that have been made because Black people DID vote. It would take too much time to write them at this time. Shame on those who put such thing in print for others to read. No matter how crap is covered and smothered in usless dogma it is still bulls*** and still STINKS

  6. Janet

    A government does not advance on its on. It takes the people and a movement to change. What have we done to help President Obama move the agenda of the Black race towards our needs. He doesn’t have the power to just change things in our favor. We have to demand it. We have to raise up, and put the wind behind his back. I am disappointed we haven’t done much to help him, help us. He is only one man with a limited amount of power. We are a people with much power. When will we began to use it, instead of running away by not voting. Not voting is not the answer. We have a great opportunity, but I do not see our leaders, if we have any, standing up. We need to review the change that was made during the sixties and how they made it.

  7. Are you crazy or what…People marched, died got there ass beat to give you the right to vote. Being 78 I remember…

  8. I have always told you GOP is a party of liars, racists, women gropers, adulterers, corrupt and above all inhuman. And they love to be called so. Listen what they discuss at their debates. They put down, white women, Blacks, black women, racial minorities. They are even ready to kill Blacks, women, and poor whites for profits. Look at their choice as nominee – Gingrich. You know what he called Black people – food stamp suckers. Blacks – Join fellow White 99 percent to vote for President in November. Let the 1 percent racist vote for themselves. Let’s have 4 years with President Obama.

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