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.