Clinton’s Nomination Requires 70+ Percent of Black Vote

Here’s a reality check for the “establishment” of the Democratic Party: without blacks overwhelmingly rendering tribute to Hillary Clinton – much as has been the case up to this coming critical April 19 primary date in New York – the Grand Dame of the Party and possessor of an extensive but mistake-prone resume, in both experience and judgment, will be trounced by Bernie Sanders.  Just one-in-four registered black voters switching their vote from Hillary to Bernie in New York (state) would not only change the face of American politics but likely bring about a domino-of-hope for the entire world.

Breaking down the inevitability of crowning Hillary Clinton in New York will resonate in the other states with upcoming primaries the following week. It will clearly validate the nomination, through diversity, of a candidate whose honesty, candor and commitment to a noble cause – that of social and economic justice for all – would forever change the political-socioeconomic landscape of the United States for the better; a true worthwhile example for the world to emulate.  But that feat by Sanders appears out of reach; only the smart young black vote likely recognizes that embracing progressivism may prove out to be the only sociopolitical path that will set them free.

There is no denying that the establishment of and fight by civil rights organizations have helped over time in the racial struggle; over a century (1909) by the NAACP, and a silver quantum by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN).  That struggle, however, has been portrayed for too long, almost solely, as strife, and a combative effort to change both the heart and soul of those who spouse bigotry, as well as obtain juridical remedy for black individuals harmed… in a society where social justice continues to be a yet-to-achieve goal, an objective far more distant than society is willing to admit.

Yes, Rev. Al Sharpton is quite right; Clinton and Sanders want the black vote… Where he may be missing the boat, however, is in his rhetorical (or subliminal) request of “… Let’s hear what they have to offer.”

Wednesday was Hillary’s turn, and Thursday was Bernie’s, to display their “promissory wares” to attendees at the NAN conference (April 13-16); both candidates realizing that neither would get an outright endorsement in New York’s presidential primaries.  And true to expectations, neither Rev. Al Sharpton, nor Rev. Jesse Jackson – who received Bernie Sanders’ endorsement for the presidency in 1984 – would take on personal risk endorsing Hillary or Bernie in Tuesday’s fray.  And that may prove to be a mistake, a crucial misread by the African-American leadership as to what, or who, might be best for black Americans at large.  Unfortunately for the pariah-many, the natural selfish interest of those “in charge” often evidences itself without shame or regard for the welfare of the group or community represented.  It’s a natural original sin most of us seem to be born with: the “me-first” syndrome.

Regardless of the formal non-endorsements made at the NAN conference by attending leaders, some of the verbal communication displayed by those leaders during both of the candidates’ speeches, mostly in eye and body gestures, was easily interpretable.  To me, as well as those who were viewing the speeches with me, it was a very loud if silent endorsement for Hillary Clinton and a preview of April 19th black voting.

After Thursday’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn, there seems to be a truly cementing reaffirmation by the mainstream media, and the gurus at CNN’s political stables, that Bernie Sanders is a dreamer-idealist while Hillary Clinton is the pragmatist, slow but firm-footed, who’ll get things done.  And that simplistic portrayal is wrong; no, absurd!

Clinton, like her husband before her, is an incremental evolutionary in both economic and social issues blind to the reality that taking a step forward and being forced to take two steps back only gets you to where you have been… not the place you wish to reach.  Looking at the ever growing income inequality, if nothing else, isn’t it obvious that her approach in economics falls short… way short!?

Bernie Sanders tells us that revolution at the polls, without guillotine or pitchforks – not the pseudo incremental evolution Clinton promotes, is the only way to put an end to the existing economic slavery of the have-nots.  And the black community, reflecting on that, might ask itself if that same revolution (vs. Clinton’s evolution) might be just as applicable to all their other non-economic civil rights.

If only we realized that economic rights and civil rights are inseparable twins!