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FORT WORTH- It amazes me how we as a people will turn out and get "hyped up" over the most insignificant things.
If some one is shot, we turn out in huge numbers standing around trying to see what is happening.
If there is a fire, we turn out in droves to see the flames, fire trucks and action.
If there is a big wreck, we line the streets waiting to see the detailed blood, guts and gore.
If there is a movie star or rap celebrity, we crowd and will step over each other just to get a glimpse of that singer, actor or actress.
All this so that we can go back to the hood with bragging rights that it happened and we were there.
What enthusiasm…What a turnout!!! But what were you hyped up over?
If only we could get Black people to muster that kind of enthusiasm and hype over going to the polls to vote on issues that directly affect our lives daily as a Black people!!!
There will be an election in 45 days. Have you made your plans to register and vote?
Voters will select either Illinois Sen. Barak Obama or Arizona Sen. John McCain the next president of the United States.
America is facing trying times with the failure of major financial institutions, a trillion dollar bailout, increasing unemployment and falling respect and power status in the world.
Change is needed, but will that change happen because of your involvement or will you sit on the corner and watch change engulf you.
Voters have the power to make change, but statistics show that many young people and apathetic will sit on the sidelines and refuse to participate.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released information in a report on the 2004 elections and in that report over four million Blacks did not vote in the November 2004 elections that sent President George W. Bush back to the White House for another term.
Of the 16 million of us registered to vote, over 4,000,000 (four million) of us made excuses for not casting a ballot. (U.S. Census Bureau updated statistics)
What is even more disheartening is the government broke down the reasons why we did not participate.
The leading cause that we did not show up listed in the report was that 21-percent of us were just TOO BUSY to go and vote….TOO BUSY? TOO BUSY?
What the hell were you doing?
Too busy to stand up, be counted and be heard on the very important issues affecting our communities on a local, state and national basis.
We are adversely affected by crime, court decisions, judges, drugs, police brutality, welfare, wages, funding imbalances, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid policies and many others issues and we are just too busy to care about who that affects our bottom line!!!!
According to the report, 13-percent of us just refused to go to the polls and vote.
Despite millions spent in campaign ads and the efforts of the NAACP, SCLC, Black churches and other friends to get you to get up off your duffs to go to vote…YOU REFUSED!!!
What did Martin Luther King Jr. die for in 1968?
Why did Rosa Parks even bother to sit down in 1955 then?
Why did John Lewis allow those police to beat the hell out of him to near death on Bloody Sunday in 1965?
Why did Fannie Lou Hamer suffer like she did?
Your refusal to vote is one of the main problems that are sending a generation spiraling back towards slavery.
Apathy is one of the main reasons slithery, racist politicians are trying to turn back the clock on voting rights… Why? Because they too have seen these numbers and know that YOU REFUSED!!!
In those same numbers lie 10-percent of Blacks who were just NOT INTERESTED in voting or elections.
Not Interested in electing candidates who can be a true voice for the community.
Not Interested in the issues plaguing and affecting the community.
Not Interested in the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors who endured mental, verbal and physical abuse for the right to be heard.
Not Interested in respecting and honoring those who fought courageously and died bravely for the right to put their mark or X on a piece of paper.
Apathy is the greatest enemy of African-Americans and the numbers tell the story.
When we fail to run for office and vote for strong candidates who carry our issues, it affects local voices and policy on city councils, school boards and county commissions and state legislatures, we get what we pay for.
Apathy has affected our ability to have the kind of strong powerful voices we need on redistricting and voting rights in the State Legislature in Texas.
It is time to stop getting "hyped up" over all the wrong things. Make a decision to exercise your right to vote and then vote right.
Turnout or the lack thereof will be the key to an Obama or McCain victory.