Earlier this week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released findings that the Russian effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential election included attempts to suppress the African-American vote. According to the report, the Russians set up 30 Facebook pages targeting black people and 10 YouTube channels that posted 571 videos related to police violence.
The aim was to remind African-Americans that the Democratic Party hasn’t done anything for us. It was a waste of Vladimir Putin's precious resources. The Russian president let his beef with Hillary Clinton cloud his judgment. Black people have been souring on the Clintons and the Democrats since Bill left office in 2000.
African-Americans came back to the party in 2008 because of Barack Obama. It was our moment to elect the nation’s first black president. Obama spoke to the streets. White women fell for him because his momma was white and black women rallied behind him because they loved his wife Michelle, a strong black woman who wasn’t an Oreo.
The Democratic Party lost that momentum by the time Donald Trump announced he was running for president. Even with Obama in office, African-Americans did not experience significant improvements in quality of life. Unarmed black men are still getting shot by white police officers, and gun violence continues to plague inner-city neighborhoods like Liberty City and Overtown. We are fully aware black people cannot count on the Democratic Party.
We have a bunch of house Negroes in the House of Representatives who don’t challenge the Democratic Party establishment. None of them have the guts to stand up to party leader Nancy Pelosi. They should have run a black candidate against her. Meanwhile, Democrats have not actively pushed more black candidates for U.S. Senate. Right now there are only four African-American senators.
The party also doesn’t run black gubernatorial candidates. Even though Andrew Gillum was the Democratic candidate in Florida, he was the dark horse in the primary. The establishment was 100 percent behind Gwen Graham. The party couldn’t motivate black voters to go cast ballots for the man who would have been Florida’s first black governor.
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What’s more, the Democratic Party wants to keep us on welfare. We don’t care about that shit. We want a party that will make banks treat African-American small-business owners just as they treat white entrepreneurs. We want a party that is going to make sure Trump’s opportunity zone program for poor neighborhoods benefits black entrepreneurs and projects.
Democrats have also failed to take on the NFL and NCAA for unfair labor and discriminatory practices. They have not called for any special hearings to investigate NFL owners for blackballing Colin Kaepernick.
So yeah, we don’t need the Russians to influence us. We stopped trusting the Democratic Party long before the troll farms went into operation.
Stayed tuned for the Uncle Luke podcast debuting in January.