Go black Alabama! Black women and men showed up and showed out! How sad is it that my attempts to organize black churches, fraternal organizations, veterans organizations, including the completely useless NAACP Chapter and every other black group in Louisa County years ago fell on “deaf ears” for African-Americans locked in a past where religious groups and churches were forbidden and afraid of getting involved in politics.
How interesting it is when politics, as we clearly see today, seriously impact the lives of African-Americans more than any other group of Americans. As the Alabama voting campaign “VOTE OR DIE” claims we will be dying with no healthcare, no right to vote, no education, no living wage jobs, no disability assistance and no money because we are subsidizing wealthy whites and giving them more money than ever. Money that they don’t even need.
Don’t be fooled into believing that immigrants or refugees are responsible for any cutbacks or lack of living wage jobs in this country – that is another falsehood used to divide us. It is simply not true.
Never mind that the FCC voted Thursday to overrule net neutrality, which will deny access to the internet for most low and middle income internet users and severely limit the services being delivered, while these companies make more money than ever from our “free airways.”
Have any of you ever contacted your congressional representatives (or do you even know who they are) to protest or contest their vote of any of these issues? Probably not, but you had better find out and start calling, writing and emailing before it is too late.
Isn’t it more than clear that it is far past the time for a change in Louisa churches to become active in improving the quality of life in this county for all of us, not just for African-Americans. African-American churches were prevented from organizing in the past for organizing in the past for this very reason – allowing African-Americans to exercise their constitutional rights to vote and to become powerful in their own communities, when they are the majority population in many states.
I would suggest that you go back to your churches and get started organizing and planning for record turnouts in the upcoming elections to ensure that your lives, and those of your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, are the best that they can be. Do believe that there is a plan to destroy Social Security, education and every social program that currently exists in order to pay for these massive tax giveaways to the rich.
Decide today whether you continue to sit back, complain and watch your certain demise or force change in your churches and organizations, like Alabama did, and present a solid front to reject these policies now and in all upcoming elections.
Editor's Note: This letter has been re-posted with the author's permission, and originally appeared in the December 21st edition of the Central Virginian, and is only available online to paying subscribers, or here.