Republicans are fond of lobbing “plantation” images at Democrats, and mocking the African-American loyalty to the party, suggesting a knee jerk, blind faith, forgetting the Mississippi Freedom Party challenge at the 1968 Chicago convention and the deliberate, hard work African-Americans put in to win slots as local party officials, poll watchers, state officials, and then elected officials.
History’s biggest error is to ignore the well earned positions that blacks hold as officials esp. at the state levels, and the usefulness of these positions and contacts for obtaining basic services (water, street lights, sewer, public safety, acess to public jobs, contracts) long denied. The giveaway is the implicit and tacit assumption that the party “gives,” rather than realizing the changing history, reasons and abundant evidence that African-Americans lead not follow, can separate the present from the past, and don’t point the finger of blame where it doesn’t belong.
No one hands over power on a speech! A vote is power. For a national politician to think so is insulting. Its smacks of the plantation menality; In fact, it is that menality; that when called, blacks will come running at Romney’s convenience, without a measureable test or proof of the benefits of their support. In many states, they will have been disenfranchised by his party and unable to vote.
When you have no record of impact on communities, no record of supporting the struggle for dignity of communities, no appearance at its important holidays, no meetings with its leaders, no walk-arounds in its neighborhoods, no stops in its eateries, no services purchased from its vendors, and no players on your team–it’s really really hard to convince someone to vote for an unseen plan and an immeasurable promise.