A new Pew Research Center survey finds profound differences between black and white adults in their views on racial discrimination, barriers to black progress and the prospects for change.
I hope this opening will lay the basis for a rich discussion in your clubs tonight and an ongoing discussion in the entire party. Most importantly I hope it will lead to more effort to improve our work, influence and membership among African American people.
That is the point.
We should see the 28th convention of our party as a opportunity to greatly strengthen our partys presents in the movement for African American equality The movement of the African American people for full social economic, and political equality has always played a decisive role in the over all struggle for democracy and socialism.
This is a qualitative question. The party cannot successful reach its goals with our a strong presence of African American membership From the early days of this republic the issue of slavery was no small matter it affected weather this nation would go forward or not.
Today with the theft of the elections and the poverty and inequality growing worse. With four more years of Bush and the political momentum of the extreme rightwing, which has led to war, an increase in racism, and worsening conditions of life for all working people especially the racially and nationally oppressed, the challenges and the danger are very great.
As in the past the courageous movements of the African American people in alliance with the working class and all oppressed are a key force and have a leading role to play to bring the disastrous policies of Bush to and end and advance the struggle for peace, economic and social justice.
Leading role of African American Peoples Movement When I speak of a leading role one has to look at the last election and see the special contribution of African American voters.
African American voters voted against Bush at a higher percentage then any other group of voters. What are the factors that made it possible for African Americans to vote almost unanimously against Bush? Why was there such a high level of unity among black voters?
I do not have all the answers to those questions but it is clear to every one that black people do not like Bushs policies. But I think the high degree of rejections was because of other more basic factors. One maybe that African Americans have a long history of fighting for the right to vote and using that right to fight for their freedom.
And while every generation of youth has to be won to this idea it is deeply imbrued in the spirit of the people. Every one over 35 was alive when the fire hoses and dogs and racist mobs tried to stop the civil rights upsurge of the 60s.
This wasnt just a fight for a hamburger; it was basically a fight for freedom. It was this legacy of struggle, that actually goes back to slavery and the resistance, that ultimately was key to bringing down the system then and this legacy of struggle helps us today and will help us tomorrow as we fight for an end to racial and national oppression.
One third of all African Americans who work are employed in the public sector. When they speak of shrinking the government this has a very sharp racist edge. African Americans are oppressed as a national group meaning all class strata are subjected to racism and inequality, even the wealthy.
But who suffers the most and who is leading this fight for freedom and against Bush, African American workers especially organized workers. When you look at the internal class dynamics of the African American people the working class is not only numerically larger but is much more politically organized then the upper stratum.
This is a feature that must be fought for and preserved if there is to be struggle and progress. You know Bushs people did make some inroads among church people and the rising middle and upper class of African Americans. One study shows that in Ohio black votes for Bush doubled fromwhich gave him 90,vote increase from Black voters.
After his suppression of the anti Bush black votes in that state he ended up with a ,vote victory. This was largely due to the role of his so-called Faith Based Initiative which is basically an effort to privatize social services.
The Bush administration gave millions of dollars to Black Ministers in battle ground states using the issues of Gay marriage, abortion and also the war to mobilize their congregations to vote against their own interest.
And I think, If it worked with black churches with their traditions of anti racism you can see how it worked with white middle class conservative congregations. I am challenging that racism was the main factor on how Bush won over new voters. I think we have to mention this effort of Bush to win black votes by bribing preachers may be one of the greatest violations of the miss use of public monies by an incumbent President running for to reelection.
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