By Majella Mark
- In 2012 53% of the Black population identified strongly as a democrat, now it’s less than 50%
- Our Black Party has values, similar to the Ten Point Program of the Black Panther Party
Days before the Presidential election Diddy, the entertainment and spirits mogul announced the birth of “Our Black Party”. It has values, similar to the Ten Point Program of the Black Panther Party, reviving many of the principles dedicated to the betterment of Black people. In 2012, 53% of the Black population identified strongly as a democrat, now that number is less than 50%. Democracy has consistently been a shortfall for the Black community, so one could argue that the transition to independence or a seriously considered Black focused party was inevitable.
Why This Matters: Having the Our Black Party or another alternative may provide an opportunity to shift things for the Black community. Unemployment across this demographic stands at 12.6%, higher than any other ethnic group. With an administration change on the horizon, it’s possible to see an enthusiastic push for policies that align with the values of African Americans. The romantic idea of reviving a political party dedicated to the wellbeing of Black people sounds uplifting, but in reality we may need to play it cautious.
In 2012, 53% of the Black population identified strongly as a democrat, now that number is less than 50%
Our Black Party’s agenda focuses heavily on financial prosperity. Some of their goals for Black people are guaranteeing income for ALL, growing Black businesses and intergenerational wealth. While pushing forward towards our collective success, we must first get the money, then we get the power, then we get the respect.
Situational Awareness: Let’s not forget the Black Panther Party (BPP) that was active from 1966 to 1982, which also encompassed a recession. They were fighting for economic, social and political equality. At the time unemployment was increasing, policies created limitations and opportunities were sabotaged, but the BPP provided years of Black pride, excellence and prosperity, through international political presence, medical accessibility, financial literacy and business development.
CBx Vibe: “Money, Power, Respect” by The L.O.X.