2000-12-16 / Columnists

From The G-Man Black Vote Slammed In Florida

From The G-Man
Black Vote Slammed In Florida


Hey people! Last week someone was kind enough to leave an article for me in my mailbox at The Wave office. I really appreciate the kind gesture, and the article served to support something that I have suspected all along about the 2000 presidential election.

In the November 29-December 5 edition of the Village Voice, entitled "Democracy in Chains", senior editors Laura Conaway and James Ridgeway broke the story of how Duval county, and other areas that are heavily populated by low income blacks, was subjected to some very unusual and harsh treatment during the election.

One segment reads, "Hundreds of registered voters would tell the NAACP they were wrongly turned away from precincts across the state, because election clerks refused to accept their ID’s, or polls in black districts closed early, or police set up roadblocks outside the halls." Even with these complaints, and hundreds of lawsuits on the verge of being filed, Janet Reno and the U.S. Justice department felt there was no reason to look into these matters.

To further illustrate the validity of these claims, a number of whites, from across the state, have been willing to come forward to give testimony to some of the things they saw and heard regarding the treatment of many black residents of Florida, and as a result, there has been a massive effort to suppress the information from the public. Strangely, but not surprisingly, the major media outlets have not given any coverage to this important development.

While evidence will be presented in the coming months to further support these claims, I am amazed and angered at the fact that Al Gore did not make this the central focus of his bid to have the votes recounted in Florida. He received 90 percent of support from black voters, and he only got 48 percent of the white vote in total. The facts were there, but he ignored them and the black community.

The only reason he went as far as he did in the election was due to the black vote, and he kicked his biggest supporters right in the ass by not exposing these injustices to the world. Instead, he listened to his dumb advisors, who were busy having him focus on those silly chads, and now he’s paying for it by having to watch "The Bushmon" stumble into the White House.

What he should’ve done was go into these communities and asked the people why their vote was discounted and what hardships they faced. We’re talking about close to 30,000 votes that were just thrown out, and some were tossed for the most ridiculous reasons! Sadly, he was told not to take such action because it would look as though he was playing the race card. Give me a break!

If his team of advisors had any sense, they would have urged Gore to assemble a team of the nation’s top African-American law firms, coupled with the NAACP and the National Urban League attorneys that specialize in constitutional law and civil rights violations, and they could’ve filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida for violating Voting Rights Act and civil rights violations. You have the evidence to support the case, and witnesses that were willing to come forward, so why not proceed? I don’t understand it. Now all he can do is crawl away somewhere to lick his political wounds, but it’s his own damn fault and he deserves it.

There are two things that must be taken into consideration in regard to this election. First, the fact that this whole thing took place in a state where the governor is the brother of one of the candidates does not sit well with me and other voters. It seems as though the fix was in right from the start. No matter how you rationalize this, the Bush victory looks and smells very bad.

The second thing that must be considered, and this borders on the realm of conspiracy theories, is the fact that West Palm Beach, and the outer lying counties within the state of Florida, have a high concentration of white supremacist groups embedded in them. They are enormous supporters of conservative candidates, both politically and financially, and they may have had a prominent role in the disenfranchisement of the black vote during this election by changing the rules of the game; for example, having blacks and Haitians present identification at polling sites, while whites were not required to do so.

I suspect that action will be taken by prominent African-American organizations in the coming months, and a new "Black Power" movement will be birthed as a result of the anger and resentment left over from this election. Yes, there are many people who are upset about the outcome of this election, but clearly, no one is more upset than the millions of blacks who threw all of their support, so strongly, behind the vice-president. Unfortunately, as has been the case over the last 40 years, black people, or their votes, don’t seem to count, and the situation in Florida proves it.

See you next week!


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