Did you vote for Barack Obama because he was black or because he had a black agenda? #DropsMic
I read an article that stated Ice Cube, Diddy and Charlemagne are joining forces to “Hold the Black Vote Hostage!” If true, I must add my two cents.
Bless their hearts they are trying to use their power for good. That’s a great thing and as a fellow broadcaster, I understand what Charlemagne the God is doing. It’s his job to push the envelope. However, this is not the time for them push THIS particular narrative. The timing is all wrong! The fact that the three of them represent blue states and Diddy also lives in Florida, which makes this premise even worse! I shall elaborate!
Did they vote for Barack Obama because he was black or because he had a Black Agenda? #DropsMic
People tend to have selective memory, let’s go back! For one, did they push Obama to have a black agenda? Probably not! Did they hold President Obama accountable for his agenda after he was elected? Probably not! When President Obama was fighting Republicans, The Tea Party, and trying to save the economy basically by himself in 2009 and 2010, did they have is back and come together to really motivate people to vote during the “midterm elections” in 2010? No! Black folks left Obama and Biden high and dry. So, when blacks had the chance to show their continued support in 2010, they failed, and Obama lost his power. “The Black Agenda” is not supported by the people in midterm elections because Black people don’t vote during the midterms. #Boom (With the exception of 2018.)
Please allow me to refresh your memory! When the Affordable Care Act was passed who was there supporting, assisting, and got on a hot mic saying to the President, “this is a big f#$&in deal? Joe Biden! If you asked me, I would say, Health care is part of the black agenda!
Did they, in any way convince President Obama to change his mind on the Equal Rights? No! Now as delicate as a subject this may be, it was Joe Biden who directly supported the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality and Joe helped Obama evolve. This is an issue that could be considered part of the black agenda.
Did they help in Michigan? No!! A middle class, a blue-collar state where Joe Biden has strong ties, was drowning in 2009 and together Obama and Biden helped save the U.S. auto industry? #FACTS
Let me drop another gem! Did they go talk Mitch McConnell when he said he was going to do everything to make Obama a one-term president? No! But Joe Biden did!
My point is Biden did not just ride President Obama’s coattails. He backed Obama and kicked banks out of the Federal Student Loan Program and Expanded Pell Grant Funding.
I would say that helps the Black Agenda.
Now, just recently, Biden has already stated that his plan for Black America would advance the economic mobility of Blacks and close the racial wealth and income gaps. But if you don’t read, you wouldn’t know.
Thus, I understand the power of Social Media and an individual’s value, and relevance can be tied to a mission for good. I totally understand what they are trying to do, and I totally understand how they probably supported the presidential campaign financially. That’s all good. But I totally disagree with the methodology by threatening to withhold anyone’s vote! What gives them that right? Even the phrase “Holding the Black Vote Hostage” is insulting coming from Black men whose ancestors were shackled and in chains! To add, Martin Luther King jr. said, “Let My People Vote!” To make it even more unsettling, Diddy, coined the phrase “Vote or Die!” But now, he is matured and started a movement of threatening to suppress the vote or else? Or else what? Four more years of Trump? Hell to the No!! We have to come together to defeat his base.
The same way you are trying to push Joe Biden now, you can do the same AFTER he wins! Then set fire to their ass with what you want. But most of them will just go back to what they normally do. Except for Charlemagne, he is just doing his job and does it extremely well. Nevertheless, do you think you have leverage now? No! There is no leverage when it only took 77, 000 votes between 3 states for 45 to win 2016!
Get fully behind the Democrats Party!
The Democrats should win back the Senate, maintain the House, and have full control. That’s the appropriate time to hold Biden accountable because he doesn’t have the power now. In fact, after he wins, the Dems will want to maintain complete power in 2022 for the midterms. So, if we are smart, that’s when “We the People” have all the leverage. By the Midterms, we would have given Biden two years to address the black agenda, and if he hasn’t, all the power could be lost. But Biden has to win first.
This holding the vote hostage rhetoric doesn’t inspire the weak-minded to get involved, it causes division when need to be united against Trump!
Nevertheless, I am a man who cannot be controlled. They are not holding MY vote hostage! PERIOD!!
Vote Blue Down Ballot!
Thoughts by Lorenzo “Ice T” Thomas