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WHEN BLACKS VOTED 80 PERCENT DEM, MALCOLM X CALLED THEM ‘CHUMPS’
Human Events ^ | March 13, 2014 | Larry Elder

Posted on 03/14/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT by neverdem

When blacks gave 80 percent of their vote to the Democratic Party in 1964, black activist Malcolm X called them “political chumps.”

White voters, X said, “are so evenly divided that every time they vote, the race is so close they have to go back and count the votes all over again. Which means that any bloc, any minority that has a bloc that sticks together is in a strategic position. Either way you go, that’s who gets it.”

Yet Democrats, said Malcolm X, failed to deliver on a promised and much anticipated new civil rights bill, knowing the party could still count on their blind support in the next election.

“You put them first,” said Malcolm X, “and they put you last. ‘Cause you’re a chump. A political chump! … Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that party can’t keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that party — you’re not only a chump but you’re a traitor to your race.”

What would Malcolm X say about today’s 95 percent black vote? Did the Democratic Party keep its promises to promote family stability, push education and encourage job creation?

The black community, over the last 50 years, has suffered an unparalleled breakdown in family unity. Even during slavery when marriage was illegal, a black child was more likely than today to be raised under a roof with his or her biological mother and father. According to census data, from 1890 to 1940, said economist Walter Williams, a black child was slightly more likely to grow up with married parents than a white child. What happened?

When President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty in 1965, 24 percent of black babies were born to unmarried mothers. Today that number is 72 percent. Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said in 2008: “Children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves.”

Not only has family breakdown coincided with increased government spending, but the money has not done much to reduce the rate of poverty. From 1965 until now, the government has spent $15-20 trillion to fight poverty. In 1949, the poverty rate stood at 34 percent. By 1965, it was cut in half, to 17 percent — all before the so-called War on Poverty. But after the war began in 1965, poverty began to flat line. It appears that the generous welfare system allowed women to, in essence, marry the government — and it allowed men to abandon their financial and moral responsibility, while surrendering the dignity that comes from being a good provider. Psychologists call dependency “learned helplessness.”

About the importance of education, Malcolm X once said, “My alma mater was books, a good library. … I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” What would he say about the Democratic opposition to school vouchers — where the money would follow the student rather than the other way around?

Urban schools, where students are disproportionately black and brown, are simply not producing children who can read, write and compute at grade level. The dropout rate can approach 50 percent in some urban districts. Nationwide, 10 percent of parents send their kids to private school. But in cities like Philadelphia and Chicago, 40 percent or more of teachers send their own kids to private schools.

Democrats don’t do blacks any favor by supporting “race-based preferences” in admissions to colleges and universities. Turns out, the more a school lowers standards to achieve “diversity,” the greater the chance the “diverse” student drops out.

More than that, Democrats have convinced blacks that but for race-based preferences, black growth would suffer. Nonsense. Respected researchers Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom wrote: “The growth of the black middle class long predates the adoption of race-conscious social policies. In some ways, indeed, the black middle class was expanding more rapidly before 1970 than after.”

Finally, as to the economy, then-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., admitted: “With 14 percent (black) unemployment, if we had a white president we’d be marching around the White House. …The President knows we are going to act in deference to him in a way we wouldn’t to someone white.”

Democratic policies have contributed to family breakdown, maintained underperforming urban schools — with no opt out for parents — and have promoted tax-spend-and-regulate economic policies that have resulted in a level of unemployment described as “unconscionable” by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

So would Malcolm X call today’s black voter a political “chump” — or a political “traitor”?

Larry Elder is a best-selling author and radio talk-show host.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blacks; rats

1 posted on 03/14/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
If you correlate the dumbing down of the generations, from an educational perspective, you will easily see why the voting block mentioned forgets history and is doomed to repeat it?
2 posted on 03/14/2014 3:45:45 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: neverdem

At least he didn’t call them chimps. But then again, those ugly chimp pictures of GWB hadn’t been invented yet.


3 posted on 03/14/2014 3:53:22 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: neverdem

Malcom X is a was a far more interesting person than history records him as being.

After his trip to Mecca he started saying things that were very dangerous to the whole black nationalist/muslim and he had to die. Louis Farrakhan all but said “We killed him”.

I think its unlikely he would have been a conservative but I suspect he would have been well to the right of where Obama is today.

I saw an ad for a coming movie about Ceasar Chavez and I’m betting it will be a pro open border movie despite the fact that he opposed open borders.


4 posted on 03/14/2014 3:56:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

I will never defend the despicable muzzie racist Malcolm Little (his real name, a pimp and drug pusher) but he was on target on a few — very few — things. He was right about guns and supported the Second Amendment.


5 posted on 03/14/2014 3:59:12 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: cripplecreek

[ After his trip to Mecca he started saying things that were very dangerous to the whole black nationalist/muslim and he had to die. Louis Farrakhan all but said “We killed him”. ]

I guess he saw firsthand how racist the people who actually RUN Islam really are...


6 posted on 03/14/2014 4:13:37 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: neverdem

If Malcolm X were around today saying the same things he did in the 1960s, he’d be called an “Uncle Tom.”


7 posted on 03/14/2014 4:14:15 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: cripplecreek
I saw an ad for a coming movie about Ceasar Chavez and I’m betting it will be a pro open border movie despite the fact that he opposed open borders.

LOL! I wouldn't be surprised. It could help crack the Latino preference for rats, and show that the BS media is not to be trusted. I can dream, can't I?

8 posted on 03/14/2014 4:17:29 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: re_nortex

Not at all surprised Malcolm the Tenth would be right about a couple of things; you know what’s said about a broken clock.


9 posted on 03/14/2014 4:18:40 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: GraceG
"I did many things as a [Black] Muslim that I'm sorry for now. I was a zombie then ... pointed in a certain direction and told to march"

He was still a Muslim when he said it but had repudiated the Nation Of Islam and its racist teachings.
10 posted on 03/14/2014 4:20:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: neverdem

” . . . today’s 95 percent black vote . . .”

Wrong. Blacks vote Dem well over 100% by population. Not voter fraud, tho . . .


11 posted on 03/14/2014 4:31:26 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: neverdem

WHEN BLACKS VOTED 80 PERCENT DEM, MALCOLM X CALLED THEM ‘CHUMPS’

So after 50 years and nothing has changed in fact it is even worse. At what point do whites recognize that most blacks, as in a super majority, are not now, never have been and never will be non racial. There is a very good reason most of our forefathers were ‘racist’.


12 posted on 03/14/2014 4:32:13 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Didn’t LBJ make a famously repeated comment that if he signed a welfare bill related to the Great Society agenda he would have blacks voting (D) for the rest of the century, or some such?


13 posted on 03/14/2014 4:41:51 PM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: neverdem

It’d be sweet to have this on video... even audio would be good..


14 posted on 03/14/2014 4:46:39 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Baynative

“I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” — LBJ

http://patdollard.com/2014/02/flashback-lyndon-johnson-on-phony-war-on-poverty-ill-have-those-niggers-voting-democratic-for-the-next-200-years/


15 posted on 03/14/2014 4:51:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: cripplecreek

I knew one of Chavez’ nieces. She said he opposed open borders and any holiday in his name where kids did not go to school. Most of his family was from Yuma Arizona. He was born there.


16 posted on 03/14/2014 4:54:36 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: neverdem

8 out of 10 white Protestants voted for Romney...95% of black Protestants voted for Obama...


17 posted on 03/14/2014 4:59:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

WOW - I’m always harsh on the dems, but that was more than I expected.


18 posted on 03/14/2014 5:23:56 PM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Wasn’t he also solidly communist? Or, is that a rumor?


19 posted on 03/14/2014 5:25:26 PM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: Baynative

That entire party should be indicted on crimes against humanity.


20 posted on 03/14/2014 5:27:30 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Salvation

The black Catholics atheists, and Muslims voted for Obama also as far as we know.


21 posted on 03/14/2014 5:47:39 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Baynative

The problem with making a big deal of the LBJ quote, is that blacks had already permanently switched parties after the 1932 election.


22 posted on 03/14/2014 5:49:37 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

Northern Blacks moved Democrat after 1932, but were not voting overwhelming en bloc (for example, when Republican Oscar DePriest lost reelection to his IL Congressional seat in 1934, the Black Democrat who beat him still received only a minority of the Black vote and was elected by an overwhelming majority of urban Whites in that district).

Most Southern Blacks were disenfranchised and would remain Republican until the 1960s.


23 posted on 03/14/2014 6:12:21 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Until 1936 republicans always won the black vote.

In 1932 Roosevelt got 23% of the black vote, in 1936 the switch was made, and it was permanent, in 1936 Roosevelt got 71% of the black vote while the GOP got the 28%, a complete reversal.

The democrat presidential races never had to sweat the black vote again.

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24 posted on 03/14/2014 6:24:57 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Salvation
8 out of 10 white Protestants voted for Romney...95% of black Protestants voted for Obama...

Correct, but your point is...?

25 posted on 03/14/2014 7:35:17 PM PDT by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: ansel12

I’m having a sense of deja vu. I think we’ve discussed this before.


26 posted on 03/14/2014 7:42:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Baynative

In all honesty, I don’t know. His niece told me that people allegedly getting sick from insecticides is what got him going. His niece said that her uncle told her that no one could ever get rich picking grapes. At the time, i was working on an Indie film in NY and she was dating the director..


27 posted on 03/14/2014 9:45:04 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: neverdem

If you research the black leadership between Malcolm X and today you find a strange pattern. Assassins hit the ones who encouraged blacks to rethink their blind obeisance to the Democrats.

Nobody hated the Black Panthers like Urban Democratic Machines.


28 posted on 03/15/2014 6:41:58 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: ansel12

Interesting that they decided not to show the full graphical comparison where 2008 and 2012 percentages are shown as well. Such a chart would point out the obvious.


29 posted on 03/15/2014 8:51:39 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: neverdem
White voters, X said, “are so evenly divided that every time they vote, the race is so close they have to go back and count the votes all over again. Which means that any bloc, any minority that has a bloc that sticks together is in a strategic position. Either way you go, that’s who gets it.”

There's a flaw in X's thinking here...

30 posted on 03/15/2014 9:06:14 AM PDT by GOPJ (From a bellwether to an "oh-whateverrrr" in less than a single news cycle. -freeper Fightin Whitey)
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To: GOPJ

‘X’ is projecting his own inherit tribalism onto white people in general which is his mistake.


31 posted on 03/15/2014 9:08:07 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

X was right about whites NOT being tribal in 1964...


32 posted on 03/15/2014 10:03:49 AM PDT by GOPJ (From a bellwether to an "oh-whateverrrr" in less than a single news cycle. -freeper Fightin Whitey)
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To: Rodamala

I believe that is just a matter of when the chart was created.


33 posted on 03/15/2014 10:58:06 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: neverdem
Albert Arnold Gore Sr was the primary voice leading the Dems in opposing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It passed with majorities of both parties, but far more Republicans voted for it, and more percentagewise, than Dems.

Funny how in Election 2000, Bush v Gore, Bush was called "Junior" by the MSM, even though he does not share the same exact name as his father... and Bush's father's main "sin" ("Read my lips, no new taxes"... which Dems forced him to violate by never passing a budget without new taxes) was prominent during the election run-up, and yet Albert Arnold Gore Jr was never called "Junior", and his father's political record was never mentioned at all by the MSM. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

34 posted on 03/15/2014 11:07:08 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: neverdem

The Democratic Party was the party of slavery and segregation. many Democrats think blacks are their political slaves. They want to keep blacks poor so they think they have to vote for Democrats.


35 posted on 03/15/2014 2:38:55 PM PDT by kathsua (A woman can do anything a man can do and have babies besides;)
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To: cripplecreek
Malcom X is a was a far more interesting person than history records him as being.

He certainly was. I read "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Alex Haley years ago. His life was quite a story.

36 posted on 03/16/2014 7:40:02 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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