I have scared and infuriated the Democratic Party with Withhold The Vote, a movement that signals to black voters to withhold their votes to elected officials and candidates who do not have a specific black agenda or a plan for reparations.
I have scared and infuriated black folks for challenging the black pastor and Democratic Candidate for the United States Senate (GA), Reverend Raphael Warnock for not having a specific black agenda or a plan for reparations.
From the behavior of black Democrats, it proves the stronghold the Democratic Party and the black church has on black folks. Black folks are doubly confused. I keep getting asked the question, "If we don't vote, what are we supposed to do?" The thought of not voting "Democrat" and the thought, for some, of not voting for a pastor, scares the heck out of them.
Most black folks have been taught to vote "Democrat", with no critical thinking about where the candidate stands on the issues. Most black folks have such a reverence for the black church and the black pastor that whatever the "pastor says" goes. Black folks still have a slave mentality whether we want to admit it or not.
However, black folks, now is our time to think critically about the candidates to whom we give our votes. Now is our time, black folks, to think critically about the role the black church "should" be playing in our communities. Now is our time, black folks, to free the chains on our thinking and remove the fear from our hearts. Join me on Tuesday's and Thursday's, 7pm EST - 8pm EST, on YouTube for "Teachin' With Tamara" and let's do what our ancestors did when they came out of slavery and let's move into Reconstruction!