An impassioned voice is enough to awaken hearts and encourage others. Together, they will serve to amplify a message and rally the masses.
In a democracy, where both hardened and enlightened hearts exist; can silence ever be golden?
In 2016, there were 156 million non-Hispanic and 70 million racial/ethnic minority eligible voters.
Of those 70 million racial/ethnic eligible voters; 27,338, 283 were black eligible voters (roughly 12,019,000 black men and 15,319,283* black women)
16,400,000 eligible black voters (Men and Women) cast a ballot in Election 2016.
60% (or 9,191,570) black women reported they voted. And media reports indicated 94% (or 8,640,076) of those black women, who voted, cast a ballot for the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Clinton won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote. Today, she’s a private citizen. Here’s what the election outcome looks like when black people go to the polls or don’t.
2016, 59% black voter turnout – WH Resident 45*
2012, 66.6% black voter turnout – President Barack Obama,
2008, 65% black voter turnout – President Barack Obama
2004, 60% black voter turnout – President George W Bush
When black people get out and vote in the presidential elections or even an off-year gubernatorial election, a Democrat wins the White House/Governor’s mansion. This is important because more than 2/3 of state legislatures are run by Republicans. 2/3 state legislatures and 2/3 Congress (House/Senate) is all that’s needed to amend the U.S. Constitution.
If you black people don’t get your cousins n’em to the polls:
You might as well knock on Ghana’s door and find out if they still have an open-door policy.
~”Joni Mitchell Never lied”
*2014 US Census
Back in the day when rap was young: Top Billin Milk is Chillin, Ed Lover, 1/2 of the Awesome2 DJ Teddy-Ted, Motivational speaker Music biz coach Terry Moorer, Flexx all holding court at MC Lyte’s B-Day party. RIP Lee Derrick, aka Magic & James. Old School Rap #EastCoast