Skip to comments.WHEN BLACKS VOTED 80 PERCENT DEM, MALCOLM X CALLED THEM ‘CHUMPS’
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”?
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At least he didn’t call them chimps. But then again, those ugly chimp pictures of GWB hadn’t been invented yet.
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.
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.
[ 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...
If Malcolm X were around today saying the same things he did in the 1960s, he’d be called an “Uncle Tom.”
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?
Not at all surprised Malcolm the Tenth would be right about a couple of things; you know what’s said about a broken clock.
” . . . todays 95 percent black vote . . .”
Wrong. Blacks vote Dem well over 100% by population. Not voter fraud, tho . . .
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’.
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?
It’d be sweet to have this on video... even audio would be good..
“I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” — LBJ
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.
8 out of 10 white Protestants voted for Romney...95% of black Protestants voted for Obama...
WOW - I’m always harsh on the dems, but that was more than I expected.
Wasn’t he also solidly communist? Or, is that a rumor?
That entire party should be indicted on crimes against humanity.
The black Catholics atheists, and Muslims voted for Obama also as far as we know.
The problem with making a big deal of the LBJ quote, is that blacks had already permanently switched parties after the 1932 election.
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.
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.
Correct, but your point is...?
I’m having a sense of deja vu. I think we’ve discussed this before.
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..
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.
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.
There's a flaw in X's thinking here...
‘X’ is projecting his own inherit tribalism onto white people in general which is his mistake.
X was right about whites NOT being tribal in 1964...
I believe that is just a matter of when the chart was created.
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.
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.
He certainly was. I read "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Alex Haley years ago. His life was quite a story.