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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Why Be Taken for Granted?

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, tweeting shortly after President Obama’s endorsement of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, lamented that the president wants “four more years of Obama — but nobody else does!” But Trump is wrong: the Black political establishment wants Hillary Clinton to continue Barack Obama’s presidential reign and trappings.

Blacks keep allowing themselves — and their issues — to be lost in the milieu of mainstream politics. Among other groups, politics and economics always have a synergic impact on each other. Because of America’s innate system and Blacks’ naivety, Blacks continue losing this country’s centuries-old fight against structural and institutional racism. One-hundred years of Jim Crow, Black Codes and White supremacy kept us “in place,” but it’s our own practices that keep us pawns in American politics.

What’s the reason that the Democratic Party is the only game in town for African-Americans? On the heels of Obama’s endorsement, 98 percent of Blacks are expected to vote for Hillary Clinton. And, instead of acting as if they’ve been shortchanged by the Obama presidency, Blacks’ political leadership openly endorses “a third Obama term.” When will Black voters realize and use political power we have and forcibly demand more from elected officials and candidates and not allow ourselves to be a voting bloc without expectations of progress or results?

Blacks have been a bust in getting their due while practicing mainstream politics and should have options beyond putting all our eggs in one basket. Blacks need focus, values and leadership that evolve into a my-way-or-the-highway school of politics that leads more of us to better economics. Blacks have to exercise better management and accountability instead of continuing practices that support party themes and interests that fly in the face of their own.

Keep doing what you’ve been doing and you’ll continue getting what you always have. It’s time to take a stand regarding Black Americans’ concerns and issues. What are Blacks demanding for their vote in 2016? We should be stiffening our spines to be able to tell the Democrats and Hillary, the Libertarians and Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and the Greens and Donald Trump and the Republicans that our votes and support require they put forth a “Black agenda.”

Business as usual will find Blacks voting en masse for Hillary Clinton. But when will Blacks establish a unified political agenda that will uniquely address our own issues? Too many Black Americans will see Obama’s legacy on race as one sullied by “The Man’s” disrespect of him, as opposed to him not using his office to advance Black interest, issues or economics. Blacks refuse to admit being taken as rubes in mainstream politics. We are the nation’s most disadvantaged group, yet we never play “the race card” in our favor and demand of candidates, “What are you going to do for me?”

The biggest ruse going is Black people that tell you they are undecided about how they will vote in the 2016 presidential election. Odds are they are flat-out lying to you. The majority of Black voters has gone “mainstream” and acquiesces to leadership in the mold of the Black Lives Matter social movement, which seeks implausible demands “intentional dismantling of structural racism.” Contrast that with the demand for passage of H.R. 40 and reparations for African-Americans that “acknowledge the fundamental injustice and inhumanity of slavery,” and the establishment of a commission to examine slavery and discrimination against African-Americans, and recommendations on appropriate remedies.

Black voters face inequality in America and conundrums regarding their voicing policy positions. Studies show that Blacks’ policy preferences and desires are rarely reflected in national and state laws, with an inverse relationship between Black support and a law’s chance of passage. Blacks don’t have the heart to make political demands and are divided between politicians whom they have viewed as allies and their disappointment with those allies once they came to power.

The Congressional Black Caucus political action committee’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton should give Black voters pause. Instead of following that line of lemmings, more Blacks should heed Tavis Smiley’s warning “not to be taken for granted.”

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via Busxchng@his.com.

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via Busxchng@his.com.

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William Reed

William Reed is President and Chief Executive Officer of Black Press International. He has been a Media Entrepreneur for over two decades. A well-trained marketing and communications professional, Reed has a national reputation for his expert writing, speaking, organizational, research, management and motivation abilities, along with strong managerial, presentation and sales skills.

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