A Facebook friend of mine shared an Internet article entitled, Why do blacks vote democrat? http://rightblack.hubpages.com/hub/Why-Do-Blacks-Vote-Democrat. One woman made a comment that surprised me. She said that blacks vote democrat because the democrats give out freebies at the tax payers expense.
I replied, that everyone in my family for generations has worked since age 14. And that we are the tax payers. Her response was that all the black people around her talk about trying to get over on the system.
It’s 2012 and our president is half black. How could such racial bias still exist? And why would anyone post such ignorance on a social network? I wondered what this woman and others who share her views thought of African Americans like Condoleeza Rice, and Colin Powell, who served in the Bush administration. And Herman Cain who sought the republican nomination for presidential candidate.
Past elections have proven that a majority of African American voters do vote for the democratic candidate. Recent statistics however, indicate that an increasing number of blacks in the USA now consider themselves as republicans. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2010/0903/Election-2010-surprise-rise-of-black-Republicans.
The internet is abuzz with blogs, and comments regarding the voting habits of African Americans. One is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9ZpD34Xk3M. Quite a few of these sights imply that it is the democratic party that has been steeped in racism, rather than the GOP.
The voting rights act gave all Americans an equal right to vote for the candidate of their choice. And once in the voting booth, that choice is a personal one. And not made by the African American community or any other nationality as a whole.
There is an old saying, that you cannot stop birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from making a nest in your hair. Stereotypes regarding race and party affiliation are going to continue. More than likely The democrats will always be considered liberals who want to increase the welfare lines. And Republicans will continue to be viewed as the party that is for WASPS. (White Anglo Saxon Protestants) And as favoring tax cuts for the very wealthy.
My opinion is that most of these stereotypes are thrown into the ring by the politicians themselves, and exaggerated to make their opponents look bad. Even so,the voters do not have to feed into misconceptions regarding race and party affiliations.
A former pastor of mine once preached a sermon entitled Your perception is your reality. It would seem that for some voters, when it comes to issues of race and political parties, their perception is a deception. And the 2012 presidential campaign is bringing racial and political stereotypes front and center.
Just because something may be accurate in your small corner of the world does not make it applicable to this nation at large. Neither does it apply to every constituent, or elected official associated with a certain party. And certainly is not true for an entire race of people.