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Before Barack Obama was elected president, I was apathetic about an electoral system I felt never works in Black folks’ favor. I also didn’t have to be heavily invested in politics since I was too young to cast a vote before his campaign anyway. In 2008, however, with the arrival of President Obama, the political narrative shifted not necessarily in favor of Black America, but in favor of hope as he stood as a symbol that better (racial) times were ahead. Or so we hoped.
That fateful night, when my college campus erupted in celebration and students blasted “My President Is Black” by Young Jeezy from every corner of the yard, was one of the first times I ever felt extremely American, like maybe the country cared about us.
But now that Obama and his beautiful family spend their final months in the White House, that optimistic light he once inspired in me is dimming. In fact, because the current presidential race is so weak, to be quite frank, I don’t even want to waste my time voting.
In case you’ve haven’t been paying attention, on one side of the aisle is Donald Trump, GOP frontrunner and professional bigot. Again, to be frank, he is trash but is still considered the candidate to beat thanks to a scary amount of people in this country. His Republican opponents, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor John Kasich, are less nauseating, so I’d bet on them over Trump. But that’s not saying much.
Alternatively, in an idealistic dream world lives Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. They’re pretty neck and neck in terms of popularity on the Democratic side, but I’m Young Metro to Clinton’s bullsh-t. Her newfound interest in the Black community is worthy of a side-eye. And though Sanders is the one candidate I wouldn’t mind seeing sitting in the Oval Office since his campaign seems the most fair and sound, he’s a little too impractical at times with his plans.
I’ll tell you what’s real: As a whole, the Black community is still largely underserved and devalued. The system doesn’t defend us as seen by the fallen Black bodies that haven’t received justice and the stereotypical tropes still pumping throughout media. In turn, we’ve created movements like Black Girls Rock!, Black Lives Matter and #BlackGirlMagic to bring about our own systems of inspiration and appreciation. We needed to revive our sense of community and purpose in the face of laws and policies that fail us every day. I have more hope in DeRay, in “Netta,” in Bomani Jones, and in the activism I finally feel and see moving within our community to stop accepting BS treatment in this country.
Because I’ve found solace in this activism, when I watch these debates play out in the political circus, I’m simply underwhelmed. I’m weary of all the talking.
Still, I can’t forget the countless Black men and women who fought tirelessly and died for our right to vote. Their resilience in the face of hoses and White supremacist rage is the only reason I’m still considering rocking an “I voted” sticker this time around, even though I don’t want to step foot in a voting booth. But at the end of the day, I never want to take their spilled blood for granted.
I just don’t feel fired up or have much faith in our system. I don’t hang on to every word Clinton says as I clung to Obama’s witty and thoughtful eloquence. If I do vote, I know I’ll simply be doing so as if I was making a rushed lunch decision. Literally, it’ll be like choosing between a pig or a cow. No matter what decision I make on the ballot, it might eventually kill me. So sometimes you can’t help but wonder, why make a choice at all?
Not everyone is gearing up to cast their ballot in 2016. These celebrities aren’t voting this election, and wait until you hear their reasons why.
No need to hold your breath waiting for an answer as to who the Black Lives Matter organization will be endorsing this election cycle. According to one of the group’s founders, the network will not endorse a presidential candidate in 2016 but will continue to pursue its political activism and protest for the fair treatment of African-Americans in the United States.
Alicia Garza, co-creator of the organization and director with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, told The Associated Press, “Black Lives Matter as a network will not, does not, has not, ain’t going to endorse any candidates.”
“Now if there are activists within the movement that want to do that independently, they should feel free and if that’s what makes sense for their local conditions, that’s fantastic. But as a network, that’s not work we’re engaged in yet,” she continued.
Although Black Lives Matter isn’t endorsing candidates, Garza is hopeful that the network could move towards becoming more involved with candidates in the future. “What we’ve seen is an attempt by mainstream politics and politicians to co-opt movements that galvanize people in order for them to move closer to their own goals and objectives,” she said. “We don’t think that playing a corrupt game is going to bring change and make black lives matter.”
Until then, those of the Black Lives Matter movement will continue with protests at campaign stops, as The Hill reported.
— Charles Rangel (@cbrangel) June 26, 2014
Despite the efforts of a persistent opponent in State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Sen. Charlie Rangel has once again clinched a spot on the ballot for the midterm elections later this year. Once again, it was close: Rangel had 47.1 percent of the vote, Espaillat 43.6 percent. Espaillat is holding off on a concession because it will take until the middle of next week to count the absentee ballots and affidavits. But The New York Times are saying the differential between the two is too large for Espaillat to overcome.
Rangel, at 84 years old, says this will be his last election. In many ways, whether he wanted to or not, this probably would have been his last chance for office. The demographics of Harlem have changed such that the black political machine that was at one time in place has gotten older and been replaced by a more diverse, more gentrified district that isn’t nearly as enthusiastic about him as voters of yesteryear were. In many ways, even those loyal Rangel voters have grown weary of him.
“The parishioners—especially the older ones—adored Rangel, and they appreciated the old man’s fighting spirit, but many of them told me it was time for the curtain to fall on his 43-year political career,” Politico reports. “’I’ll pull the lever for him one more time,’ said James Williams, a 70-year-old deacon at Antioch. ‘But I hope this will be the last time. Let’s give some new people a chance.’”
In an attempt to gather a few more votes, Rangel released a comical rap song earlier this week. But it’s The Daily Show’s take on election night that’s truly hilarious. Footage below.
Yesterday was Election Day in New York City and, according to the pundits we listened to last night, things went much as expected. The come-from-behind leader is Bill de Blasio, and in second is Bill Thompson. However, we’re waiting to see if we have a runoff on our hands.
De Blasio has to get 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff and secure the Democratic nomination for the general election. As of this morning, the New York Daily News gives de Blasio 40.2 percent of the vote, just above the threshold. Thompson had 26 percent. However, there are 19,000 paper ballots and other votes still to be counted.
In his speech last night, Thompson did not concede the race, instead leading a chant of “Three more weeks,” vowing that every vote would be tallied. The runoff, if one is necessary, would take place on October 1.
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, de Blasio and his family (including son Dante and his much-discussed afro) took to the stage to basically accept the nomination, though throughout the night, the candidate and his people said they fully expect the runoff.
What put de Blasio over the top, it seems, was this campaign ad coupled with is critique of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His campaign focused on the unfairness of the city’s “stop and frisk” policy and improving the lot of the middle class and those in the outer boroughs like Brooklyn. The New York Times says that many voters in an exit poll would like to see the city go in another direction.
Whoever ultimately wins the primary will face off against the Republican candidate Joseph Lhota, former head of the MTA and deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani.
Meanwhile, Anthony Weiner was in a distant fifth with 4.9 percent of the vote. This is how he ended his campaign:
At the beginning of a brand new year, we have much to celebrate and anticipate, from New Year’s resolutions to gearing up for another year of great change in your professional and personal life. This January, we have one additional reason to celebrate: on Monday, January 21st, President Barack Obama will be sworn into his second term as the President of the United States in the nation’s capital.
Although you might not need any other reason to celebrate this historical event, MN Biz will sum up a few political, personal, and even entertaining reasons to continue the celebration of President Obama’s second inauguration into the next four years!
I may be going out on a limb here but I must say, I am not a terribly big fan of Michelle Obama’s ‘gear’. The matronly tapestry like material and floral patterns don’t really move me and I can definitely do without the short sweaters and flats (I’d rather she just be super tall in high heels). I’ve seen her looking more than amazing countless times but I am thrown off about one of her dresses that recently sold out in two days?! Yes, last week, British retailer Asda unveiled their new line of George brand holiday dresses and “The Michelle”—a $32 metallic red-and-black floral number inspired by the first lady’s pricey Michael Kors creation—sold out within 48 hours. She’s been said to be even more stylish than Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham. C’mon people, seriously?? Michelle hits the mark on occasion I’ll give her that, but by no means should she be regarded as having a wardrobe that needs to be reproduced, nor the model of ‘what to wear’. She’s in great shape and I would venture to say that her dressed down look would probably be dynamite. A pair of jeans and a tank top or maybe some workout clothes, tennis shoes, and hair sweated out around the edges after a workout. What I do love about her fashion sense is her savviness with a dollar. She’s known for mixing and matching expensive accessories with the likes of an off-the-rack bargain from Target;A bargain shopper after my own heart. Before you get all wound up please note that I am only commenting on Michelle Obama’s “style”. My opinion of her attire in no way impacts the fact that I think she’s a remarkable woman who I would love to be just like when I grow up.
Mommy Noire Readers, do you think Michelle Obama’s fashion is the bomb or does she tend to bomb?
Words by Sid Powell
Yes! Yes! Yesssss! President Barack Obama for four more years.
While we can definitely take some time to revel in this fantastic news, the world keeps on spinning and the economy needs to be top-of-mind. Already, there have been some positive reactions to Obama’s win, but The Wall Street Journal reports that it’s nothing to write home about.
“[T]hese moves so far have been muted, partly due to the focus now turning to a divided Congress and the need to avert a ‘fiscal cliff’ of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes which could kick-in in January,” MarketBeat writes. “The broader global economy also remains in the doldrums, not least because the euro-zone crisis continues to rumble on with Greece facing a key parliamentary vote Wednesday evening that could help determine whether the cash-strapped country gets its next installment of bailout money.”
Speaking this morning on the Today show, Jim Cramer also cited the “fiscal cliff” as a reason why the economic reaction won’t be stronger. “There’s not a lot of certainty right now,” host Savannah Guthrie said. (Full clip below.)
With tax increases and budget cuts looming come January 1, there needs to be compromise between the parties for work to get done. It’s that inability to work together that has indicators showing that stocks will open lower this morning. CNN is saying right now that the markets are going to give back the gains from yesterday, saying the perception of the same old-same old in government is causing concern. Besides the issues overseas and the fiscal cliff, the ongoing “under-performance” (to use Cramer’s word) caused by the threat of regulation and taxes has Wall Street worried.
“Investors seem to be looking past the hard-fought Obama win and focusing on the virtual status quo that remains in Congress, where Republicans retain control, and the Senate, in which the Democrats still have a slim majority, altered little by picking up two seats,” reports USA Today.
But, we can be happy that the economy is on the road to recovery.
“The jobs picture has already been improving gradually. Employers added a solid 171,000 jobs in October. Hiring was also stronger in August and September than first thought,” TIME writes. “…That said, most economists predict the improvement will remain steady but slow.”
Update at 9:35 am: Just minutes into the day’s trading, the Dow is already down 179 points.
You know how Beyonce does with her open letters so you should have already seen this one coming. After uploading a few pics of her filling out her absentee ballot for Texas (we know they need that Democratic vote), Bey posted a handwritten letter to Barry praising him for his inspiration as a leader and instilling hope in Blue Ivy and little Juelz.
Here’s what she put on her blog:
You know Bey has been going hard for Barack Obama this election and just yesterday her hubby was the breakout entertainer at a democratic rally in Columbus. Shout out to Jay for his “99 Problems but Mitt ain’t one” rendition. Bey also joined instagram to tweet out one picture of her in a “Texans for Obama” T-shirt. Her handle is “BaddieBey.”
What do you think of Bey’s letter?
At this stage in the game, the only thing that should be undecided about the election is whether people on the east coast will be able to make it to the polls next Tuesday. As for the rest of the world who can’t decide which box they’ll be checking when it comes to determining the next President of the United States, I just have one question: What can you possibly be undecided about at this point?
I’ve been asking this question since before the Debates began this month, but I figured maybe some people approach their presidential candidate choice like sports and for them the Debates were like a championship or Super Bowl or World Series. Each man’s slate was wiped clean at that time and whatever he and his VP said and did during those four games/debates would be the basis for their choice. That’s not exactly how I would approach my decision, but hey, there are different strokes for different folks. Still, for as many people who made their voting decision based on the debates, we still saw a hefty number of individuals the very next day after the final debate and even up until today who claim they have no idea who’s the best man for the job. Really people?
Now one theory I have is these people just need attention and pretending they don’t know right from left is the only way they can get on TV. The way narcissism has run amok in our society, I wouldn’t be surprised if 99% of these so-called undecided Americans didn’t fall into that category of trying to make the candidates sweat in their boots and prove their worthiness down to the last minute because there’s no way after all of the campaigning and media coverage, you couldn’t at least be leaning far to side or the other. But as the Wall Street Journal points out, there are a good number of people who make their decisions at the last minute and for good reason.
Though a Gallup poll found overall just 4 percent of all likely voters were undecided at the beginning of the month, 22 percent of protestant pastors were undecided at that time, according to Lifeway Research. Scott McConnell, Director of the organization said:
“Most Americans wind up having to compromise something they want when choosing candidates, and that includes the presidential race. But pastors tend to be pretty definite in their beliefs and in the advice they give people from the Bible. They are not used to gray areas.”
I can certainly understand the religious element for ordained individuals but are there really that many gray areas when it comes to the average, everyday American? As political analyst and MSNBC host Alex Wagner hilariously pointed out on a recent episode of W. Kamau Bell’s “Totally Biased,” the choice for women is essentially, do you want to have control over your va-jay-jay and what goes in and comes out of it or not? For men who don’t have those same concerns I’d think the choice would boil down to, do you want to know what to expect for the next four years or do you want to just wing it and give Romney time to figure out his game plan somewhere down the line. Or for any undecided voters who are a part of that 47% of Americans that the Republican candidate said he doesn’t care about, I’d just like to know what the heck you’re thinking period.
Obviously I’m showing my political bias, but from the other side you could ask some iteration of those same questions. Do you want women to be able to get abortions when God intended them to have their baby and they weren’t legitimately raped? (Please read sarcasm.) Do you want to approach American life, i.e. economic growth and health care, the same way we have for the past four years? Do you give a eff about that 47%, or heck, do you want to take care of the 99%? Some of these questions are quite concrete as are the answers to them. If you’ve established a list of priorities and actually paid attention to this presidential race those questions should have been answered long before now.
Rectifying one’s religious beliefs with the stance of governmental leaders is no easy task, nor is it one that should be taken lightly – particularly if you are of a faith that believes when the earth and all things in it pass away, you still have God to answer to. But for other people who are just sort of out here winging it before Election Day, please let me into the mind of an undecided voter. Do you need attention or are you really that indecisive?