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Wednesday, June 01, 2005Blacks urged to form independent political movement
I found this article over at the Home of the Mandinmories, Ousman Ceesay's blog. It is about time. As a people, we can't continue to support a party that isn't sensitive to our needs. It’s funny because this is what Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress was trying to get black leaders to do in the 70's but they were too afraid according to the documentary, Chisholm '72, Unbought and Unbossed, by Shola Lynch, a young African American filmmaker who by the way did a marvelous job putting this film together. If you ever get a chance to see the film, you will not be disappointed. I saw this film at the Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video at the Art Institute of Chicago last year. I must admit, Shirley Chisholm is one of my favorite people.
Anyway, I guess it is better late than never for an independent political movement by Blacks. As for me, I am so disillusioned with both parties. I can't see myself ever voting for either party under the current conditions. Therefore, I welcome this independent movement...
Growing disappointment with the Democratic Party, capped by a so-called Senate compromise last week that paved the way for the confirmation of at least three Right-wing judges, has prompted some activists to consider leaving the Democratic Party and forming an independent political movement.
"Everybody knows that Blacks are the most loyal folk to the Democratic Party. We have been loyal. And what do we get for our loyalty?" asks Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U. S. Commission of Civil Rights. "African-Americans should form an independent political movement; not a party, but a movement and say, 'This is what our issues are and any candidate who supports these issues we will support. And if you don't support them, we won't support you.'"
Chicago Defender complete article