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Monday, October 20th, 2014

What Black America Needs to Do After Election Day

With so much focus on the election day results, it is understandably hard for black people to think about the day after. But either way, if President Obama is re-elected or Mitt Romney manages to capture the White House, there are many things the black community should be doing to better situate itself for prosperity in a nation where blacks and Latinos are on their way to becoming a majority of the population.

For the first time, in May of this year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that there were more babies of color born over the past year than white babies. This means that over the next couple of decades, black, Latino and Asian Americans could form a governing coalition that could essentially rule the country.

Already, the racial split in the electorate this year reveals one thing with certainty: the days when a candidate could win the presidency with just the support of white people are likely over. Fueled exclusively by white men, Romney has never been able to overtake Obama in the polls. The only time he came close was when he managed to peel off a bit of Obama’s support among white women. But by putting together a coalition that looked a lot more like America, Obama clearly has a much easier time pulling off victory tonight than Romney.

This means that black and brown people must starting making more demands on the occupant of the White House, pushing for policies that are going to benefit people of color, rather than the white middle class that has seemed to be the preoccupation of both political parties in modern times.

If Obama wins re-election, black people will be presented with a trial run for the American future, when our sheer numbers and the fact that we have the power to put candidates in office mean that we are in a position to dictate policy like never before. Without being fearful of endangering Obama’s re-election, the African-American community should be aggressive about pushing the president to institute programs and policy that will radically improve our employment situation, our schools, our difficulties in securing fair mortgages, our accessibility to good healthcare. When we are continually falling behind on these measures, it means that the policies of the White House are not working for us.

What will be especially important over the next four years if Obama wins is for the black community to start looking to a new generation of black leadership to rise when Obama is gone from the scene—people like Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Ohio State Senator Nina Turner from Cleveland, Congresswomen Marcia Fudge of Ohio and Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn. It has proven difficult for black leaders to flex their muscles in the age of Obama—it’s as if he takes up all the oxygen in the black leadership room. But we must start preparing for the future—a future when we will have the power to make change, particularly in coalitions with our Latino brethren.

If Romney beats Obama, after we awaken from our deep mourning we will soon realize that we are back in the place we’ve always been—pushing and kicking and screaming at the administration to address our issues. Of course Romney will likely be even less willing than most presidents in recent memory to pay us any attention, given where his support came from in this election. But that won’t be the end of the world for us, because it’s a situation we’re used to. It will mean that we will have the perfect hothouse to forge the next generation of black leaders because the Romney opposition will be getting all of our attention.We will have a chance to see who will lead us with courage, intelligence and vision.

It should be no secret to us that it is in times of adversity when the black community shows its mettle, its incredible strength and foresight. In a Romney world, we will need all of that and more to survive intact. But we will know that the day is out there on the horizon, in the near future, when the U.S. as a nation will no longer be able to elect a president who doesn’t cater to our needs. In essence, Romney would be akin to the last dinosaurs roaming the earth, stomping across the landscape, not even realizing that their days are numbered.

About Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 12 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, in addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine.

Comments

  1. This article has a little flavor of 'oh woe is me' and one that divides America instead of bringing us together. I am a woman of 'color' and do not feel that I am at a disadvantage. I have worked hard and have done well with the help of my family and faith. I do not like to play the victim. When I graduated from college almost 20 years ago (no school debt, primarily funded by scholarship as I would not have been able to afford it otherwise), I was shocked how other people of 'color' wanted me to see racism when it wasn't there. I simply responded that I don't go looking for it. I'm sure there is racism out there but it should not be the primary focus. I have witnessed reverse discrimination so it is not just a one-way street. I am hoping we can see beyond skin color as this topic gets very old. We need to be accountable for our own actions and for our future. I also believe in helping your fellow man, primarily through charitable organizations, and not forced with higher taxes to support failing government programs. I don't mean to offend but let's focus on the economy and improving opportunities for all, not just one 'race'. God Bless.

  2. Scott Roberts says:

    Allow me to ask you this: once you "take over" and once Whites are outnumbered, will you use that power of yours to protect these new minorities? Will "Affirmative Action" suddenly discriminate against the new majority or will it still serve to hold Whites down, no matter how few of them remain? Will race based quotes be a thing of the past, once the only people they could possibly serve would be White? As it stands, even now, Blacks can be overrepresented and nobody will complain, but what happens when Whites are underrepresented across the board? Are Black employers and Black politicians going to lend the White minority a helping hand? Rhetorical questions of course, but they point out the obvious hypocrisy and hatred.

    • Scott Roberts says:

      "Blacks and Latinos", "Blacks and Latinos", "Blacks and Latinos" ,zzzzzz… No matter how many times you say it, "Blacks and Latinos" will never come together in harmony. You might line yourself up temporarily out of hatred for the White man, but it will go no further than that.

    • Scott Roberts says:

      And don't worry Mr. "award winning author"/"civil rights activist", the Jew has an entire army of Shabbot Goy to take Obama's place. All you have to do to "succeed" in this country is to take on an anti-White policy/approach, and the Jews will see to it that you are in a position of "power" (over the White man, but certainly not over them).

    • Scott Roberts says:

      One final question: do you REALLY believe that Obama gives a damn about you? lol

      We wouldn't even know what the hell an "Obama" was if not for the Jewish money and Jew controlled media backing him. He is just a puppet. A Shabbot Goy. And we are ALL just "Goyim" (cattle) to the Jews, whether we are White or Black.

    • Scott Roberts says:

      Your "power" is just an illusion. Just as the "history" you have so blindly accepted is false. One simple point to highlight this fact would be to inform you that Jews, not Whites, orchestrated the African Slave Trade (as proven by African American professor Tony Martin). Something you will never hear about in the Jew controlled media, reasons being obvious.

    • latinos have not allied to any political party yet. We mostly vote democratic because we have family and friends who are illegal. Republicans keep attacking us all the time. But we share republican values, we protect life, believe in hard-work to achieve what you want.

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