Recent primaries and the upcoming midterm elections clearly demonstrate the importance of Blacks/New Afrikans developing our own independent political institutions. Because we don’t have our own independent political vehicles, we continue to be in a political quagmire of supporting and depending on political parties that either ignore us (Republicans) or take us for granted (Democrats).
For example, in Pittsburgh, PA and Allegheny County, the Democratic Party has been in power for decades, enjoying consistent and loyal support from its Black/New Afrikan constituents.
However, Blacks in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County remain some of the most impoverished and jobless among comparable urban areas in the United States.
Public schools continue to be closed and/or consolidated, unemployment remains double that of the white population and police remain unchecked in their contempt for the civil rights and lives of Black/New Afrikan people.
Against this backdrop, crime and violence have flourished throughout certain areas in our communities and neighborhoods. Desperate people will engage in desperate and risky activities for survival.
As our neighborhoods and communities have deteriorated due to racist policies of benign neglect and economic red-lining, they have became the prime targets for gentrification and land speculation.
Many areas that were traditionally inhabited by Blacks/New Afrikans have now been ‘discovered’ by land-speculators, developers and gentrifiers.
Houses and land are dirt cheap, because of the decline in housing values and the thousands of abandoned properties owned by the City of Pittsburgh.
To facilitate the wholesale land-grab and displacement of Black and low-income residents, ‘Land Bank’ legislation was recently approved by Pittsburgh City Council, even though community consensus via community meetings, surveys and word-of-mouth clearly opposed it. Who do these politicians really represent?
Still, Black folks maintain a fierce and thoughtless loyalty to the two-party system, especially the Democrats, in spite of all the disappointment, lies and betrayal. Some of us even argue and fight with one another in a disgusting display of ” my massa is better than yours”.
As we move toward the 2016 Presidential race, various politicians, mostly from the Democratic Party will converge upon the Black community attempting to convince us that their candidate is going to help or ‘save’ Black/New Afrikan people. The chorus ready to sing the praises of former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is already being formed.
Let us not be duped again. Neither party has our collective best interest at heart. We only matter to them when they are trying to secure the nomination of their party or win an election. We must do better. Its time to leave the plantation.
All Power to The People,