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It’s time for Blacks to pull the trigger on politics

JEFFREY L. BONEY | 7/8/2018, 12:54 a.m.

Mancini-Corleone: Don Lucchesi, you are a man of finance and politics. These things I don’t understand.

Lucchesi: You understand guns?

Mancini-Corleone: Yes.

Lucchesi: Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.

In 2018, Black people have their hands on the money, but need to start using their resources to pull the trigger politically, by funding qualified political candidates, financing voter registration initiatives, creating political action committees, hosting political forums, challenging incumbents who don’t have their best interests at heart, and even running for political office themselves.

The National Newspaper Publishers Association, a trade group that represents over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S., has a focus, in 2018, to register 5 million new, Black voters before the midterm elections with the hopes of ensuring that candidates are elected in November and beyond who want to introduce legislation that would effectively close the wealth gap between Blacks and Whites and improve the quality of life for Blacks overall.

There is much work to be done, but in order to see that type of change take place, Black people must get engaged in the political process, because everything that has positively and/or negatively impacted them in this country has been as a result of politics and legislation.

All one has to do is review American history to see how Black people have consistently been systematically oppressed, and have been on the wrong side of legislative decisions since this country’s inception. Going as far back as the Constitution of the United States, which includes the “Three-Fifths Compromise,” one is able to see how Black people have been negatively impacted by laws that they did not originate and that have disenfranchised them. Also, if you look at federal, state and local legislation, such as the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, the Dred Scott Decision, the Brown v. Board of Education, Plessy v. Ferguson, the Jim Crow laws, lynching, sharecropping, literacy tests, poll taxes and other segregationist policies; Civil Rights Act of 1964; Voting Rights Act of 1965; the ‘War on Drugs;’ the ‘Three Strikes Rule;’ mandatory minimum sentencing; ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws; and the voter disenfranchisement changes that have come as a result of the Supreme Court decision in the Shelby v. Holder case, you will see an all-too-common thread of public policy introductions and legal actions that have either positively or negatively impacted Black people in this country.

It is time for Black people to stop treating politics like a taboo subject, and start treating politics like the primary solution it is. It is time for Black people to pull the trigger on politics.

Jeffrey L. Boney serves as associate editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey has been a frequent contributor on “The Nancy Grace Show” and “Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield.” Jeffrey is a radio personality and a dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance. If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at jboney1@forwardtimes.com.