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African-American Christians May Sit Out Election? Stupidity knows no bounds
Have people forgotten?
No choice between pro-gay marriage president and Mormon says black clergy
Just about every day there is a little article in our local paper that makes me wonder if I should laugh or cry over the ignorance and stupidity that seems be growing in America.
Imagine that you are in a minority that fought for freedom and the right to vote long after these rights were won by your fellow country man. Imagine that these same rights are even today undermined by unscrupulous tactics such as intimidation and neo-poll taxes disguised as voter i.d. laws.
Then imagine the "Uncle Toms" trying to get you to give up your right to vote are your church leaders.
If you've forgotten your of African-American's voting history its this:
"In 1866, the 14th Amendment to the federal Constitution was passed, guaranteeing citizenship to the former slaves and changing them in the eyes of the law from 3/5 of a person to whole persons. Then, in 1869, the 15th Amendment guaranteed the right to vote to black men, with most women of all races still unable to vote.
1869 also marked the beginning of "Black Codes," or state laws that restricted the freedoms of African Americans. Among the freedoms restricted was the freedom to exercise the right to vote. Literacy tests, poll taxes, hiding the locations of the polls, economic pressures, threats of physical violence, and other strategies to suppress the African American vote were either found in the Black Codes or flowed from them."
As we know the civil rights struggle did not end with passing of laws. The 1960s was not that long ago and saw white and black civil rights leaders and volunteers giving their lives to change the Jim Crow laws that made discrimination the de-facto law in many parts of America.
President Obama's election as the first black president was a victory for civil right and progressiveness but it also exposed a deep hatred and prejudice that still exists in this country. On the morning of the election results my son's school bus in Tremont, Maine had to pass under an effigy of a black man hanging by a noose from the traffic lights. I don't think I'll ever forget that image of hate.
Now we have some black clergy who are telling their parishioners that they should stay home in November because they can't see any good choice between a President who stood up for the civil rights of gay people and a Mormon candidate.
First off any church that becomes political needs to lose their non-profit status. When you cross the line from being a religious entity to a political one, its time for the IRS to come knocking.
Second, what is with a certain segment of the African-American population that is so homophobic that they think gays only exist in the white population? Give me a break folks.
Third, what does it take for someone in church to realize that their leaders are feeding them a pile of mule dung? How morally bankrupt can these religious organizations get these days? We have churches doubling down in the greed department, promoting tax cuts for the rich over taking care of the poor and now we have black clergy telling their members not to vote for the first African-American president? Or just not to vote period? Dr. King has to be turning over in his grave.
Why does the GOP have to worry about rigging the election with poll taxes and voter I.D.? Certain black leaders are killing off their votes all by themselves.