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02 February 2011

Monolithic Support of Democratic Party Cost Blacks Political Influence

Tuesday, a column appearing in the Southern Political Report showed once more that elections have consequences. And in the case of black folks, very wide-ranging consequences at that.

After the 2010 elections, the absolute number of black state legislators remained about the same in Southern states, but their power was sharply reduced. For the first time in the post-civil rights era, a majority of black legislators in the South will serve as members of the minority party. Since 98 percent of black state legislators are Democrats, when the Republicans took control of some 20 state legislative chambers across the country, the result was a major loss in political power for African-American state lawmakers.

Wyman, Hastings (2011-2-1). Blacks lost clout in 2010 election. Southern Political Report. Retrieved on 2011-2-2.

This piece by Hastings Wyman demonstrates why it is so important for blacks to end their monolithic support for the Democratic Party.

As Wyman correctly notes, with every Democratic defeat, the ability of blacks to influence public policy diminishes.

It took over four decades, but blacks are right back where we started. We're on the outside of the political establishment looking in. But unlike the pre-civil rights era, blacks have a choice this time.

Blacks have a choice not to support any candidate just because of the "D" behind their name. Blacks have a choice to open their hearts and minds to what the Republican Party has to offer.

After all, black issues are Republican issues.

Republicans want to create an ownership society where people are giving the opportunity to start their own businesses and create jobs in their community. Blacks want to own their own businesses and bring jobs to the black community. Republicans want taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets. Blacks don't want all their money going to the government. Republicans want to get government off the people's collective backs. Blacks want the government off their backs.

Being in power means everyone else has to take a backseat for awhile.

The Republicans are in power. Across the south, it appears that the Republicans will be in power for quite a while. And blacks have a critical choice ahead of them.

We can choose to remain in the backseat with the Democratic Party or we climb up into front seat with the Republican Party.