Politics

Why blacks vote Democrat
By Ellis Washington

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions I receive from the readers of my articles is: “Why do black people always vote for the Democratic Party?” In 2008 then-Sen. Barack Obama beat Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, 53 percent to 46 percent. President Barack Obama received 96 percent of the black vote and 77 percent of the Jewish vote. This is unbelievable. Just try to get 96 percent of any group of people to do anything. Yet, black politics in America has been unilateral since the progressive movement of the 1890s, the era of Woodrow Wilson (1913-21) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-45) and the advent of the welfare state. Why?

The Prophets: Thomas and West

Justice Clarence Thomas, perhaps the most noted black conservative, speaks with the clarity and moral authority of the ancient prophets of Israel when he tells America, “But I know that the vote of nine out of 10 black Americans for the Democratic Party or for leftist kinds of policies just is not reflective of their opinions.” But who is listening?

The paradox of the prophet has always been the same: One can have a word from God, a message for the masses of this age, but if it falls on deaf ears, can the people be delivered from their pathology? The answer is no. This, in part, explains why in 2008, 96 percent of black people in America voted for the neo-Marxist Obama. It also accounts for why over 90 percent of blacks still think Mr. Obama is doing a good job after his abysmal first year in office.

Dr. Cornel West, a tenured professor at Princeton University and an acquaintance of Mr. Obama, uttered a very different prophecy to black America which they did hear. Mr. West said, “It goes without saying that a profound hatred of African people... sits at the center of American civilization.” If you believe such a lie about America, why would you still live here? Leaders such as Mr. West, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and legions of others have made very lucrative careers exploiting the endemic pathology of their own people.

In American politics, there is an existential tribal mentality that keeps black people on the Democratic plantation even to their own destruction. It is irrational.

The Metaphor: Detroit

Detroit—the city of my birth and where I currently reside— can be used as a paradigm of the apocalyptic disaster of black people voting for 75 years against their own vested interests. Since the 1967 riots, Detroit has steadily devolved from a cosmopolitan, dynamic city representing people of all political, intellectual, racial and ethnic groups—a city which in 1900 was called “the Paris of America”—into a balkanized, racially gentrified and intellectually monolithic city of liberal Democrats, unionism and corruption.

These patterns have been replicated in big cities across America where large concentrations of black people tend to live. Beginning in the 1960s, black people voted only for blacks and thus victimized themselves with mercenary and dishonest black leadership from the mayor to lower leadership ranks. This drove out the white middle and upper classes (with their tax dollars) and, in a few decades, turned many of these once great cities into America’s largest ghettos: Detroit is among the most preeminent of these cities of infamy.

The Choice: Independence vs. welfare state?

Liberalism is a politics of poverty, envy and despair. Liberals often attack people like Mr. Thomas, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell and other black conservatives because they aren’t considered “authentic blacks.” As Harvard Law School Professor Lani Guinier famously wrote against Mr. Thomas in a 1991 article in the Michigan Law Review, "Black representatives are authentic" when they are "politically, psychologically, and culturally black."

In the eyes of liberal academics, black conservatives "made it" without acknowledging the aid of white liberal paternalism and their omnipresent civil rights and affirmative action programs. Their independence is the reason these black conservatives are reviled.

So why do black people always vote for the Democratic Party? Because for the past 75 years since the socialist FDR came to power, socially and culturally blacks have been indoctrinated to follow, follow, follow. From antiquity, they followed the African tribal chief and the shaman. During slavery, we followed ‘masser’ and the overseer and did what we were told. The next 100 years after 1865 and the Civil War during de jure and de facto segregation, we followed poverty-pimp preachers and civil rights activists (not Martin Luther King) who told us that by voting Democrat, God would bless black people through government handouts, a minimum wage and good government jobs.

But welfare and government programs have destroyed the black family. Today, we proudly follow our first black president, Barack Obama, despite the fact that this president has done more harm to America in his first year than any other U.S. president in history.

Admittedly, I don’t have a complete answer to my own questions, but this one thing I know: If my people will honestly face and overcome their four greatest enemies: promiscuity, ignorance, crime and pathology, then, out of necessity, they will stop the Groupthink mentality that keeps them on the Democratic plantation. Then they will take responsibility for the life choices they make without reliance on government. Collectively, blacks need to regain the moral and intellectual standards they had in the 1920s. Only then will blacks stop voting against their moral, economic and political interests and be truly set free.

-Ellis Washington is a legal commentator for WorldNetDaily.com. He has written over a dozen law review articles and several books, including his latest, The Nuremberg Trials: Last Tragedy of the Holocaust.