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Are Older Black Voters Supporting Candidates Blindly?


Hillary Clinton has gained the support of the black community for the most part but in particular, the older demographic as her competitor Bernie Sanders has captured the young voters around the country but still struggles with black voters.

The South Carolina Primaries was this weekend, Lets look at some numbers “Clinton benefited from the older and ethnically diverse demographic in Nevada, winning voters over the age of 45 by a 2-to-1 margin and claiming 76% of African American votes. Sanders meanwhile won voters under the age of 44 by a nearly 3-to-1 margin”

Clinton VS Sanders it seems is ironically old versus young, even though the youth are following the older candidate. This is something to consider because everything notably progressive over the past two years; from the black lives matter movement, to the resignation of University presidents and officials across the nation, all in the name of change has come out of the mobilization of YOUNG PEOPLE. Much like the civil rights movement was heavily led and enforced by the youth in the 60s. Might i add; at the opposition of a lot of elderly black folks who didn’t think sit ins and provocation was the answer.

Now lets apply that logic to this day and age, if the youth are saying “we are following this candidate as the leader who aligns with us the most in his plans, theories and revolutionary pushes” and on the other hand the elderly are saying ” We are supporting this candidate who does things traditionally and is the spouse of someone we once also supported” PS: She had a considerably evident helping hand in the surge of mass incarceration with her husband in the POTUS seat, not to pit them against each other with any bias or anything, then the question is now; Are we actually listening to the youth or are we simply allowing history to repeat itself?

When choosing a presidential candidate it is not enough to say ” that person has suffered and they have now endorsed this candidate so now i will support them too” because that shows little involvement on your part as a responsible decision maker. As a citizen with the potential to elect a new leader in a socially and economically struggling time one must consider the records of the candidates and the things that they have previously done and said to retain their status in politics. If they bounce from one view to the next arbitrarily then one must consider that they will do anything to acquire what they want, as Clinton is being criticized for. As voters we must also question the legitimacy of proposed policies, as candidate Bernie Sanders is finding out the hard way as well.

Ultimately voting for a candidate just because that candidate is popular among the party is blind voting, and this is an issue that has been affecting the Black community specifically for many years, broken and empty promises are the result of blind voting.

Mike Abrantie Current Los Angeles resident, South-side of Chicago Native, and Product of the Homeland Ghana West Africa, Mike Abrantie is a modern day historian and supporter of the people. From Civil rights to world topics and its affects on the lower and middle class, he is an advocate of Historical integrity and believes in knowledge being the root of motivation and creative inspiration.