African Americans Should Expand Their Civic Engagement Beyond The Democratic Party

By | May 22, 2017

When we hear about the state of African Americans, we often hear stories about the crime in Chicago or the urban blight in cities like Detroit. However, we don’t frequently hear about the progress that we have made as a community, which is why I think it’s time for us to be civically involved in both political parties.

Yes, you read that correctly. We need to be involved in both political parties because Democrats won’t always be in power – they are in the minority at the moment – and if the 2016 election taught us anything, we should have learned that elections have consequences.

I have always maintained that we should think strategically in terms of politics, particularly as our wealth and the number of college-educated African Americans increase. I completely understand why an overwhelming majority of African Americans don’t vote for Republicans. I also understand that I am in the minority in our community. However, if we think strategically in terms of politics, I think we as a community would benefit. (Independent Journal Review)

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