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Sowing and Reaping, Yes Minority Voters.

November 18, 2012 by  
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( All the talk about how “minorities” were successful in getting Barack Obama reelected should give us pause to reflect on just how this nation got to this point.  Listening to the grieving Romney supporters and the shock they were experiencing (and probably still experiencing) brought with it the realization that the 2012 election is a result of things that took place hundreds of years ago.

When this country decided to create its wealth by using free slave labor and then exacerbating the situation with Black Codes, Jim Crow Laws, segregation, lynching, and disparate treatment of Black people, indigenous people, Chinese people, and other so-called minorities, it put itself on a path that inevitably would prove to be antithetical to its stated mission.

The Laws of the Harvest: We will reap what we sow; we will reap more than we sow; and we will reap after we sow.  This nation sowed seeds of racism, discrimination, and subordination of entire groups of people.  Because of its  power to take, to use, to discriminate, and to exact punishment, our country unwittingly set itself up for what we see today: The collective power of so-called “minorities” to determine the outcome of national elections.

This nation of immigrants has demographically evolved and is continuing to move toward what many are calling a “minority majority.”  As oxymoronic as that term is, the reality is that folks who have been subordinated and mistreated for centuries are growing in numbers and will, in a couple of decades, outnumber what is now the collective White majority.  Pat Buchanan warned about demographic and cultural changes, and power shifts among ethnic groups in his book, The Death of the West.

While I do not subscribe to Buchanan’s reasoning, I believe much of the remorse we saw and heard on the “morning after” emanated from persons who received their wake-up call regarding the true face of America – what it was and has become.  Some call it the “Browning of America.”  Mix politics with that reality and you get paranoia among the elected and the electorate.

Sow seeds of discontent and discontentment will grow.  Sow “majority rule” and reap likewise.  The yield will be greater and will come after the sowing, which may be hundreds of years later; but it will surely come.  We have come full circle in the U.S.  What was sown long ago is ready for harvesting, some good – some bad.  That harvest is reflected in our political environment and discourse and in the minds of some who fear the next four years.

So, as Rush Limbaugh noted after the election, “We’re outnumbered!”  As newspaper headlines announced, “Minorities won [the election] for Obama.”  As one Republican County Commissioner cited, “We got drilled in the non-white population.”

On the “morning after,” some Republicans began rethinking their strategy to win elections.  They finally realized that neither they nor anyone else can ignore the changes this country is going through, and they cannot afford to ignore the two largest so-called “minority groups” in the U.S.  In order to win elections they must now reach out much more to those who have been marginalized for so many years.

Prior to FDR, Black people voted almost entirely Republican.  Now we see that more than 95% of Black voters support Democrats.  While that is not a prescription for success in either direction by the Black electorate, maybe now we will come to our senses as well by understanding the power of the collective.  But that’s another article.

The nascent United States, what some called an “experiment,” has evolved to another level of discovery, and some dislike the current results of that experiment.  Had the experiment been conducted without an unbiased thumb on the scales of justice, without mistreatment and malice toward those who were darker in complexion, without religious prejudice, without suppression and oppression, but instead with the understanding of the Laws of the Harvest, the latest political outcome would not be about Black, White, Hispanic, and minorities.  It would be about the best man or woman winning an election.

We have become so polarized by race, which was sown when this nation was established, that there are those among us who are actually fearful now that another race, long considered inferior and subordinate, has the power to determine the political landscape.  Rather than the result of the elections being a simple majority rules scenario, it was interpreted by many as a minority rules sea change, which caused unfounded trepidation and uncertainty.  That’s simply the reaping that must occur from the sowing that took place previously.

The Democrat/Republican thing has gotten out of hand and has been used by some to further divide races and ethnic groups.  Thus, we continue to sow seeds of discord and acrimony.  What do you think we will continue to reap?

We cannot live in the past, but we can learn from it. In the beginning, this nation sowed arrogance, superiority, and hate.  It is now reaping fear, guilt, and division.   Although we have made significant strides socially, educationally, politically, and economically, we must continue to change and, at the same time, embrace the new face of America.

Written By James E. Clingman

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6 Responses to “Sowing and Reaping, Yes Minority Voters.”
  1. Ramses says:

    As a Moor, i agree more with Republicans than I do with Demoncrats….race is not real, only productivity is…black people have become unproductive as a collective…Jim Crow didn’t destroy black people at all either. Jim Crow was good for us (outside of the lynchings) because we thought much more as a collective. However, when those in power saw how wealthy we were becoming, they pulled a fast one on us, with the help of sellout ass niggas (WEB Du Bois) who said we should get degrees. Now you got a bunch of negroes who argue in each others’ faces at the State of the Black Union Conferences and get no work done. I would never support a party that says it’s ok for women to be out-of-wedlock mothers. To engage in generational welfare. To be in a constant state of dependency, even as adults, should be appalling to black people but yet you do it. keep running to the government for something. How in the hell can your so-called government give you anything when they’re broke themselves? Hell they borrowing money from china yet you want them to bail you out? Boy you people don’t over stand simple math do you? Black people you got four more years to get it right cause after barack, you won’t be seeing any black presidents for quite some while. better figure it out.

  2. Deeann D. Mathews says:

    A thought-provoking article… And cautionary tale for those on the winning side this time around as well.

  3. Ford says:

    ….As a republican I feel we are wrongly accused of being racist. Exactly the opposite is true. Unfortunately any black person who leans republican has insult after insult heaped upon them. No straying off the plantation allowed.

  4. independent voter says:

    Unfortunately, perception is reality where it is easy for an individual who has no independence over their own life to manipulate the masses. A change in Power Structure will not occur until there is individual development before contribution is made to the collective. Whenever you take a plane ride instructions are given to place the oxygen mask over your face and make sure it is properly affixed in the event of a sudden change in altitude before attempting to help others.

    FYI, the U.S. demographics that exist today is nothing new to anyone who doesn’t keep their head buried in the sand. Politicians create an illusion of democrats vs republicans and the general public is caught in the crossfire while these politicians break bread behind closed doors. As a result, the Power Structure has not changed just the color of the President.

  5. Valerie says:

    This is a good analysis of the cancer of racism and oppression passed down by the much lauded founders (lauded uncritically by loud mouths with teabags attached to tri-corner hats, most recently). On the other hand, though we remain a racially polarized nation, I would point out that a significant number of white voters (including me and a majority of my lilly white state, NH) voted for Obama because the modern GOP scares the crap out of us too (plus a lot of us think he accomplished quite a bit in his first term, considering the stonewalling he faced from the GOP).

    Look at Obama’s victory rally pix and then look at Romney’s. Obama has a coalition of voters drawn from every demographic, including whites of various ages and incomes. Romney had a sea of white – sad, fearful white. I guess all I’m saying is that some of us paler people don’t actually fear becoming a so-called “majority-minority” nation – we fear becoming a nation of paranoid Fox viewers. We’ve got a hell of a long way to go to get past the legacy of oppression, but we can hope and work for change.

  6. Peter says:

    Interesting article!

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