Happy Friday to you all! But on a serious note with the way things are going with the current pandemic I thought it would be good to talk about the intricacies involed in the global political atmosphere. We are all well aware that the upcoming U.S. presidential election is an important one. However, the critical nature of it lies not in the two candidates running for office but the lives of those who will be effected by its outcome.
When I say this, I mean to point out that for over 200 years a significant population has been left out of full representation in the voting process. James Madison explains in the Federalist Papers, a volume of arguments for and against some of the fundamental tenants of the U.S. constitution, that the Electoral College was to be set up as a compromise to Southern states who wanted to count their slaves as 3/5 of a man. They would have had the majority advantage had they chosen to count them as 100% men. What the Founding Father relays is that an appeasement was made to the south to allow for their racist attitude. I point this out because the Electoral College has never been abolished and still exists today!
This makes it evident that when a black man or woman goes to the poles to vote for the executive office he or she is still counted as 3/5 of a person. The inherent bias of the institution still exists today as it is still allowed to play a pivital role in the election process. This is simply intolerable in the new millinium. As with police brutality a few years back, it is more than just a "smear mark" on the collective conscience but also a barrier to equal inclusion of African-Americans who have been vicitimized by its existence for far too long.
Recently on twitter, I put forward my platform for why I wouldn't be voting in the next presidential election. The three major points of my stance were: 1.) The abolishment of the electoral college, 2.) The elimination of prison servitude, and 3.) The payment of reparations.
I see these three things as the major stumbling blocks to equal participation of the poor and minorities in the millinium.
As I blogged about before, the documentary "The 13th", which was on Netflix, still may be and can be seen on You Tube, exposes the loophole in the 13th amendment which allows for prison slavery in cases of felony convictions. It essentially outlines how slavery was never really abolished just increased to include the poor and blacks. In laymans terms, it just created a slave trade 2.0, if you will. In a criminal justice system which favors the rich, it simply allows for the exploitation of public resources to go after those who can't afford adequate representation. Victims of this insidious process are funnelled into prisons by the millions to serve as slaves for corporations who use their free labor to increase profits. In the land of the free...
Lastly, as I explained to a friend the other day, reparations are NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF. I told him, if someone owes you money after asking for it you don't continue to "whine" and "beg" about it, but you usually choose to stay away from that person. It is human nature and common sense. Why continue to give your energy and time to someone who is mistreating you in that fashion? I also told him that I understand that the government and African-Americans had reached a point of reconcilliation; the U.S. government did acknowledge that slavery was a wrongdoing, however what should proceed in a natural relationship is some form of reciprocity. Simply put, if you owe somebody money eventually you should pay them back if you wish to continue coexisting with them.
Until next time, remember God loves you and so do I.