The key to winning the black vote

Poor John Edwards. He’s made poverty the central focus of this, his second presidential campaign in a row, and you’d think he might do especially well amongst black people, since so many of us struggle to put food on our families (or, in my case, myself), but he hasn’t managed to gain much traction at all.

In any other year he may have had more of a shot, but this year he’s running against both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, both of whom are doing remarkably well among black voters.

Obviously Barack Obama’s got the fact that he’s black (-ish) in his favor. He’s not doing well among black voters in the sense that he’s won a majority of them, but, if I’m not mistaken, he’s only trailing Hillary by something like 20% among black voters, while he’s trailing her by something ridonkulous like 33% overall.

And Hillary Clinton is still married to Bill Clinton, despite his shenanigans over the years, and you know how black people love them some Bill Clinton. I don’t know if it’s misplaced daddy worship or what; but whatever it is, it’s almost as strong as our love of gangster movies and shrimp.

The other day, I suggested that Barack Obama may have tripped not going down to Jena, LA to join his people in the fight for a black man’s right to not do time for stomping somebody’s eye shut. But many of you suggested that this may not have been a good move, because it may have alienated his white base.

God forbid.

But I don’t know. I mean, he’s the first black candidate who’s clean and articulate, and yet you get the idea that he isn’t even considered as authentically black as Bill Clinton, who, admittedly, is way blacker than I am as well. That may have been a good move for him.

I guess John Edwards figured he didn’t have as much to lose. He didn’t actually go down to Louisiana or anything silly like that, but the other day, at an MTV/MySpace forum for young voters, he took it upon himself to address one of the most pressing issues facing the black community today – the fact that all black men will eventually end up in prison.

Specifically, when asked what he would do about “inner-city kids partaking in violence” he responded as follows:

“We cannot build enough prisons to solve this problem. And the idea that we can keep incarcerating and keep incarcerating — pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.”

Yikes!

Interestingly enough, there was yet another one of these studies released right around the same time that said that more black people live in prison cells than in college dorms. Some people are saying that it’s BS, in the sense that a lot of black people in college live off campus, but whatever. Everybody knows black men are being thrown in prison these days as if it’s going out of style.

Similarly, John Edwards’ plan kinda backfired on him. As it turns out, black people don’t want politicians to address the issues that most affect them, if it’s gonna mean airing our dirty laundry on MTV, which is only watched by racist-ass white kids. You see, to suggest that so many black men go to prison, even if it’s true, is a stereotype, and lord knows we’ve had enough problems this year, what with Don Imus suggesting black women have nappy hair and all.

Even if it’s true, it’s just not nice.

If there’s a lesson to be learned in all of this, it’s that black people don’t want politicians to address the issues that most affect them. They just want to know that a politician is black. As pissed off as black people were about the Jena Six, no one seemed to give a shit that Barack Obama ducked the issue. But black people love the fact that Bill Clinton didn’t have a father, eats McDonalds, and stays balls deep in fat white chicks.

Never mind the MTV/MySpace forum If John Edwards really wants to appeal to black voters, he should shoot an episode of MTV Cribs in that big-ass mansion of his and have the interior decorated with Scarface merchandise. That’s the kind of shit that really resonates with black people.

  • Fire

    Damn, Bol, you’ve been on fire lately. I don’t agree with going as far as you did on some points, but once again, another good post.

  • LowEndofDaChi

    “Never mind the MTV/MySpace forum If John Edwards really wants to appeal to black voters, he should shoot an episode of MTV Cribs in that big-ass mansion of his and have the interior decorated with Scarface merchandise. That’s the kind of shit that really resonates with black people.”
    /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\
    Wow. You really took it there, huh?

  • og bobby j

    this shit is funny as heel…

    “the fact that Bill Clinton didn’t have a father, eats McDonalds, and stays balls deep in fat white chicks.” had me rollin…

    What percentage of America is black? What percentage of that number are of legal voting age and still possess the right to vote? Not to sound racist but, why is there such a fight for what I would figure to be such a small piece of the pie? Anyone???

  • Fire

    And people need to read that link. That study does have limitations, but it’s still alarming that the figures are that high. Marc Morial seems like a real smart guy based on this article. He’s right when he says that education should be stressed more and that children should be raised better.

    He’s also correct when he says that conservatives or liberals don’t see the whole picture by blaming family values or the government. It’s about education, better opportunities and a mix of government and family failings, but more importance should be placed on education and better opportunities. It’s good to hear that somebody gets it, just hope more people start thinking the same.

  • Nadeem

    haha I’m from the UK and I find that funny Great Blog Bol

  • Content

    The majority of kids that are eligible for financial aid don’t go to school to take advantage of it while the kids that do attend college rarely need it.

    If families living in poverty placed value on eductaion they likely wouldn’t be living in poverty in the first place. It’s a deadly cycle that can only be broken by the new generation taking initiative regardless of how pathetic their parents may be.

  • BossGame

    black people love the fact that Bill Clinton didn’t have a father, eats McDonalds, and stays balls deep in fat white chicks.

    speak on it player! LMAO

  • LowEndofDaChi

    I’ve heard about Edwards remarks on the internets prior to this, and I’m not in the least bit offended. What he said might’ve been an exaggeration, but it does hold some truth to it. The question is, what can we do as a race to prevent that from happening? The easiest things to do are: nothing, point fingers at the hip hop community, blame the white man and corporate America. All of those are reactionary responses, but for things to truly change, a more proactive approach is needed. The first step is parenting man. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it for the 1,100 (Ray J really didn’t fuck that many chicks) time, but we as people need to be more concious of how we’re raising our children. It pains me to take a train ride and witness the whole herd situation where a young single mother is cussing the children out because she has no idea of what to do. As black men we need to get our priorities straight and realize that our communities need us. The reason these lil niggas are running around shooting anything that moves and makes a sound isn’t because Jeezy told them to trap or die, but because nobody is beating their ass at home or checking them when they get out of line. A bit long winded, but think on it.

  • Anthony

    Speak on it. These young thundercats out here are on some new s^#t. And it’s because the generation gap keeps increasing. But I do get upset when some “black people” get mad over silly things, but don’t have anything to say about the issues that are slowly killing us off.

  • N.O. 4 life

    why would they even care about the “black vote” when all the black people in america is like only 8% plus you gotta subtract the ones who arent gonna vote and the ones who have been or are in jail so the cant vote either that at least brings it down to 6%…..they dont care as much as people think….and the black people who like scarface and cribs are the ones not voting trust me

  • lslelel

    the spectacle is back…great…burp. yeah obama sucks, hiphop will make everything better. just wait another ten or fifteen
    years!

    thanks for the insight dude. it was really deep.

    check this out…”We have a corrections sector that employs more Americans than the combined work forces of General Motors, Ford, and Wal-Mart, the three
    largest corporate employers in the country, and we are spending some
    $200 billion annually on law enforcement and corrections at all levels
    of government, a fourfold increase (in
    constant dollars) over the past quarter century.”
    http://bostonreview.net/BR32.4/article_loury.php

    i guess you need two out of ten black men to do jail time in their lifetime to really get how bad it is. good luck with hillary.

  • Moe Real

    Ray J for prez, TPAIN/TPAR as his running mate.

  • Tyler

    The way U go at Obama’s head all the time I am starting to think that Hillary may be driving her favorite strip-on clit deep into you cuz’. Or that U are a slave 2 the Masons bro which either way it ain’t a good look 4 U. Let ‘dat Blackmanish man live yo.

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  • http://yahoo CaesarDuke

    John Edwards can not just be focused on proverty there are others issues that are afffecting our world too like the war in iraq innocent people are dieing and for what what is this war basicially about 4 real now im not saying that John Edwards is not a good canadiate for the president of the united states but if u really want to get more votes u have to focus on other issues im just saying

  • http://yahoo CaesarDuke

    Bol u one ignorant person manye and I know that is different from what I wrote but after I read dis whole article manye how can u say that black voter or most of the black voters want politicians to address what going on with black people and what will probably still go on if we dont change something one why are most kids growing up in a one parent household mainly without the father and why are african americans in jail rather than being in college they want them to address those issues and people could give a damn about how celebrities live but they do care about how they live and once again the comment that u made was ignorant not u because I dont know u

  • http://yahoo CaesarDuke

    Bol u one ignorant person manye and I know that is different from what I wrote but after I read dis whole article manye how can u say that black voter or most of the black voters want politicians to address what going on with black people and what will probably still go on if we dont change something one why are most kids growing up in a one parent household mainly without the father and why are african americans in jail rather than being in college they want them to address those issues and people could give a damn about how celebrities live but they do care about how they live and once again the comment that u made was ignorant not u because I dont know u

  • the Real Bishop

    Bol, you really are the shit. I know people are going to get all up-in-arms about the way you explain what you see, but I don’t see anyone else out there talking about it.

  • fasa

    bols u r one crazy mutha……….

  • urbanleftbehind

    Bol:

    Would black people vote for a gully white man who was repeatedly balls deep in black women, regardless of political party?

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    The Key to winning the Black Vote is attending a HBCU, eating fried Chicken, listening to Lil Wang’s “The Tarter III” and thinking Rev. Jesse Jackson is the Second Coming Of Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. Unless you follow those bewildering steps to Black Superemacy within the guidelines of being a Politican, you will not get Tyrone, LeKesha, Pookie and “nem” to vote. Unless your name is Bill Clinton and you pull a real “Niggerish” portrayal of a Black Man trapped in a White Man’s Body, then you could do sub-par shit and get away with it. Bill Clinton deserves a Academy Award for his adaption of a Black Man trapped in a White Man’s Body, fuck Denzel being “The Man”, Bill Clinton is my Favorite Actor.

  • og bobby j

    Yo papi,
    That shit is hysterical….kinda racist ….but funny as shit I still cant understand why everyone stays on clintons dick….except is hoe ass wife.

  • http://xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    i’d vote for a circus clown over bush right about now

  • http://www.myspace.com/crockerishiphop Crocker

    Damn Bol, you are a real asshole, but hey, dead on is dead on. Props.

  • stoneyisland

    Bol u fat fuck:) you still can bring the heat sometimes:) this shit was hilarious son:) mad funny:) LMAO

  • jaystone

    Thats what i`m tale the king about.bol you are h ythe best period.aint nobody is fucking with you on this shit.man iaint gonna vote no matter wether you are black or not.whats is the difference if obama win or not cuz he aint gonna change poverty among the blacks cuz at the end of the day he is gonna answer to the whites eg the senators,congress.etcfuck that just go on with your life cuz unless you help your self no one is gonna babysit for youn in the end.TPAR,AROUND AND AROUND,FIRE what have you guys go to say.i respect you gous comments

  • jaystone

    Thats what i`m talking about.bol you are the best period.aint nobody is fucking with you on this shit.man i aint gonna vote no matter wether you are black or not.whats is the difference if obama win or not cuz he aint gonna change poverty among the blacks cuz at the end of the day he is gonna answer to the whites eg the senators,congress.etc fuck that just go on with your life cuz unless you help your self no one is gonna babysit for you in the end.TPAR,AROUND AND AROUND,FIRE what have you guys go to say.i respect you guy comments…….excus my hand writting

  • jaystone@

    Thats what i`m talking about.bol you are the best period.aint nobody is fucking with you on this shit.man iaint gonna vote no wether you are black or not.whats is the difference if obama win or not cuz he aint gonna change poverty among the blacks cuz at the end of the day he is gonna answer to the whites eg the senators,congress.fuck that just go on with your life cuz unless you help your self no one is gonna babysit for youn in the end.TPAR,AROUND AND AROUND,FIRE what have you guys go to say.i respect you guys comments

  • do

    what people have to realize is that the government will change nothing for them. it’s a racket and a sham. where were they during katrina? how come they didn’t prevent 9/11? how come the drug war hasn’t ended given that it’s completely failed? what’s up with health care? the environment? iraq? how come no one’s killed or captured osama yet? if there’s a problem, don’t expect the federal government to solve it–especially a community problem like violence, schools, the family, or prison. i challenge someone to name one problem the federal government’s solved between kool herc setting up his turntables and 50 cent dropping curtis. how is one of these people gonna make your life better? one might make it worse than the other but better? if i’m wrong, tell me. also, bill clinton is NOT a “black man.” he is white trash, and should get his props for being cool white trash.

  • barbarian at the gate

    Methinks LOWENDOFDACHI got right to the heart of the matter.

    As regards John Edwards, Jesus, the last thing the country needs is another Jimmy Carter in office for four years.

    Bad as the Clintons are, they would be infinitely preferrable to an ‘off the deep end’ fucking Progressive trainwreck like Edwards.

    ‘balls deep in fat white chicks’

    Bol, good remark, but I suspect it simply reflects the yearnings & desires rolling around in your own deep subconsciousness

  • sleep

    Yo bol do u have a ghostwritter cause i find it kinda funny how u took a couple days off u come back and been writting nothing but heat

  • INFAMOUS

    Damn… I’m sure Bill Clinton’s just havin some fried chicken with his crib all scarfaced out…

    Good job, Bol…

  • Fire

    Jay Stone,
    As an 18 year old white teenager from the suburbs I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert on black issues, but I’m also not going to pretend I’m completely ignorant of them either. I waited to respond because you made me think. I think I came up with a good answer.

    There are many ways we could change the problem of poverty in our country. It’s no secret that change won’t come immediately, that’s something everybody should realize. Change takes a lot of time and a lot of involvement from people that really care about the cause of change for the better. True long lasting change will come only through dedication and perseverance. With that said, it’s still tragic that our politicians can sit around and waste our time and tax dollars on comparatively meaningless issues while there are real problems going on that they seem to choose to avoid.

    Anyway,I agree that Obama (or ANYONE who’s elected)will probably end up answering to Congress if they want to have any impact. It’s a necessity because Congress holds the power to pass bills and the power over appropriations (i.e. where the money goes), etc, so each politician has to compromise with Congress.

    It’s important to vote no matter who you are if you’re able to, because the defeatist attitude of “my vote doesn’t count” is completely wrong. I can see why people would feel like that, but still, I think the last two presidential elections being extremely close shows how important voting is.

    I agree with helping yourself, and I also feel that education needs to be stressed as much as possible and that better opportunities need to be created in the inner cities. The importance of family also needs to be stressed, but people in the family role don’t have to be biological in order to be a positive influence. People also need to change their attitudes on many things like crime and political activism and taking a stand. Remember, you can’t change unless you truly want to, and that applies to the community as well.

    P.S. Sorry it’s long, but you made me think and I wanted to answer the question in a good way.

  • rich arte

    ha. this drop merged well with my pancake and sausage sandwich and chocolate milk.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    But black people love the fact that Bill Clinton didn’t have a father, eats McDonalds, and stays balls deep in fat white chicks.
    ^^^
    L M A O!

    I cant lie, I woulda hit Monica off too, But I woulda skeeted in her throat, fuck all that blastin on the dress. Howd that bitch get home with the skeet still attatched? Presidential Skeet. Bhahahahaaha.

  • A.D. Williams

    …the fight for a black man’s right to not do time for stomping somebody’s eye shut.

    Nice to know I’m not the only black person in America who recognizes the lunacy in the Jena 6 affair.

  • Brian

    I feel ya…Im a 26 yo black man and I fuckin feel ya…u got idiots at my university that say they would rathe be out trappin than in school…what kinda ass backwards bullshit is that??!!!

  • jaystone

    @FIRE

    with much respect bro.

  • jaystone

    BOL,why dont u people at xxl do a review on 50 cent and kanye west LP

  • LiSA

    WOW… this is amazing. I mean, not in a Jesus, water to wine kinda way, but nevertheless, still refreshing. Real black girls stand up!

  • We’llAllCWhoTheProphetIz

    As the Bible states “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” and as that scripture continues to prove true in yet the 21st Century I have to wonder if God Himself has thrown his hands up in dismay. I doubt it but seriously being a black man I must say that the writing is on the wall and has been for some time that there are, among us a contingent of our black brothers and sisters who don’t care and we may have to come to the point that we allow that part of us to suffer the consequences of their “lack of knowledge” In this information age there is no excuse to be uniformed and although I know the quality of education in our poorest of neighborhoods is laughable it is ridiculous not to either acquire access to the information of what is being done continuously to hold you down and back and keep you there..but in turn to decry that you are being done wrong as well…YOU”RE DOING IT TO YOURSELF!! The money we spend on those things which neither better our situation or contributes to our enlightment could be better used on a computer or to purchase books that contain insight on the world at large and around you. It has been said and sometimes proven true that if you want to keep something from black people then it should be put into a book. We’ve had many come before us who gave the very life God gave them that we would have so much better and though the gains have been many we have truly not repaid the price they paid dearly for us. We owe it to THEM..not John Edwards, not Hilary Clinton…not even to Mr Barack Obama…to open our eyes and be what they envisioned us to be a mighty people within this foreign land to work together with those who want to see this place do as Martin Luther King Jr said..”live out its creed that all men are created equal”