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Chicago Pastor Urges Black Community to Think Again About Their Democratic Loyalty After Yet Another Year of Little Progress

blackvoters_500x279For a long time, the vast majority of Black voters have lined up at the polls to cast their ballots in favor of the Democratic Party.

It’s a fact that has proven the power of the Black vote many times in the past, but as the 2016 presidential election looms over the horizon, the behavior of Black voters may be far less predictable.

A disappointing lack of substantial change during President Barack Obama’s time in office, a new wave of prominent Black Republicans and years of undying support for the Democratic Party that failed to actually result in major policy reform has caused some leaders in the Black community to turn their backs on the Democratic Party.

The latest is a pastor from Chicago’s South Side who is urging Republican leaders to come visit their neighborhood and let the community know more about the other options that will be available at the polls next year.

“African-Americans have been loyal to the Democratic Party,” Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church of Chicago said, according to The Daily Beast. “But there is a group of African-Americans that feel like the Democratic Party has not been loyal to us.”

The offer is open to all the presidential hopefuls, but he insists that there needs to be a push to get more Republicans in the neighborhood so the Black community there won’t be casting another blind vote based purely on political party affiliation.

It’s an offer that hasn’t been accepted by any of the Republican candidates other than Rand Paul.

Brooks says that after half a century of support for Democrats, his local community hasn’t seen the type of changes that have been promised to them.

“We have a large, disproportionate number of people who are impoverished,” Brooks added. “We have a disproportionate number of people who are incarcerated, we have a disproportionate number of people who are unemployed, the educational system has totally failed, and all of this primarily has been under Democratic regimes in our neighborhoods.”

He says that begs the question, “How can our neighborhood be doing so awful and so bad when we’re so loyal to this party who is in power? It’s a matter of them taking complete advantage of our vote.”

The Woodlawn community isn’t the only of its kind either. As the nation saw when chaos swept cities like Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, too many Black communities are being left in the shadows of failed policy and empty promises.

Brooks hasn’t confirmed who he plans on voting for next year, but he says the point of his movement isn’t about garnering support for Republicans so much as it is about getting communities to be more aware of the political landscape.

His movement is about informing, not persuading, although he made it clear that he is greatly disappointed in the Democratic agenda.

“They have a failing plan,” he insisted. “A business owner wouldn’t allow the person who runs it to remain in charge for 50 years, constantly running it into the ground.”

And Brooks isn’t speaking only as a disappointed voter but also as someone who has quite a bit of political know-how.

He was a political science major at Ball State University.

Unlike most Democrats, Brooks is against unions and greatly in favor of protecting the right to bear arms. That’s not where his Conservative stance ends either.

Brooks also believes that Black people have a great share of responsibility for their own plights and challenges.

He believes that the breakdown of the Black family is a key factor that has contributed to the “culture of violence” that plagues many urban communities.

He acknowledges that Republicans haven’t been as proactive as they should be in pushing for the progress of the Black community but added that it may be a better option than voting for the Democratic Party again when, according to him, they have continuously failed to live up to expectations.

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16 thoughts on “Chicago Pastor Urges Black Community to Think Again About Their Democratic Loyalty After Yet Another Year of Little Progress

  1. Sounds great! Hopefully the Republical candidates will discuss their efforts to stifle the black vote nationwide over the last 5 years.

  2. It's sad to see a people so lost, that we can't see that unity among ourselves is the best and only solution to our problems. All this other junk is doomed to fail, because there is no political power without economic power, open your eyes and look at how this system works. If you have a problem with what I'm saying, ask the white man, hopefully he will tell you the truth.

  3. Why do we continue to show loyalty to either party or the government PERIOD when they have done NOTHING for us but offer us DEATH and SLAVERY? Without economic power our vote means NOTHING and is EMPTY. Our disunity and economic weakness will not compel our enemy to do for us what they do for the Jewish community, the WHITE LBGT community or what they do for Corporations. We need to COME OUT of her as the book of Revelation in the Bible tells us and unite with self and DO for self.

  4. Hank Wilson says:

    Somebody please check and see where he's getting his donations from or, even better, where will he be getting his future donations from. Why is that…because that's how they roll.

  5. the republican party must be purged and it's agenda made clear. I would like a separation of the races here in america and an option to repatriate back to africa. the democrats are prostituting themselves for the hispanic vote. they do not care about us.

  6. the supreme court made it possible for all givers to come forward and pay for their man who will put forth their agenda.

  7. Both of them must be purged, it's all the same. Bro. Christopher teach your people.

  8. Why is he advocating for the Republicans they have done less for us than any other party… this is not a separation of church and state. He may be being paid… Many preachers use their pulpit for evil and self promotion… it may be that he was promised a position with a Republican.

  9. How can he advocate for a Republican Party that has done everything it can to ensure that minorities, the poor, and the elderly are disenfranchised from voting; have their rights restricted; have no access to the Affordable Care Act or the expansion of Medicaid; have cut back the SNAP program and treat everyone trying to get social services or social welfare benefits as a drug user? The Republican Party, from the local level to presidential aspirants stand for tax cuts for billionaires, unlimited spending on campaigns via Citizens United by billionaires; cuts in domestic discretionary spending, impeding the right the vote via gutting the Voting Rights Act, and on and on. I just don't get how a preacher can ask the Republicans to make a pitch to his congregants.

  10. Republicans are trying their best to suppress the black vote. And blacks are taken for granted so much, by Democrats, they don't even seek out the black vote. Democrats are pandering to LGBT and Hispanics. Blacks have no party of interest.

  11. nobody is trying to suppress the vote. Black people here ought to have the necessary ID to vote. I have never had anyone try to stop me from voting. the democractic party are the ones who want the undocumented to vote so they can remain in power. this is why they push so hard for the undocumented – these people represent votes. they don;t give a damn about their impact on the american people.

  12. the republican party are not trying to keep people dependent on the government. both parties are corrupted. both parties are concerned with their benefactors that can keep them in power. that is all they care about. certainly not the american people. they only want to use us. the government has allowed a foreign nation to dictate policy to the united states – especially foreign policy.

  13. Farntella Graham, ending early voting, extended voting days, and shortening voting hours are taking away opportunity for many black, poor, and elderly to exercise their right to vote. It's not just about voter ID.

  14. A defrocked pedophile blaming innocents like the Marxist troll he is…..typikal demokrap

  15. He is not advocating for republicans he is calling out the democrats stating its time to deliver on all your empty promises. Lets try to see beyond the hatred towards republicans and see how democrats have used blacks for votes but have not delivered on any real promises or services

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