“Modern-day Black politicians like Mayor Sylvester Turner – better known as ‘SLY’ are cunning, crafty, and slick as hell when it comes to race-baiting. This cat and a few other members of his regime are really good at using big speeches to strike emotional cords aimed at getting my people whipped into a mad frenzy. But make no mistake about it, in the animal kingdom this dude ain't no alley-cat, he's actually a pussy-cat. In the rough and tumble political alleyways 'SLY' AIN'T NO PITBULL' -- this dude is a chihuahua. But the methods that he, and his fellow cohorts implement to get our people to blindly follow them, are very effective; but they are nothing new – or creative in any way, shape or form. Listen up, these same old ‘PLAYED OUT STRATEGIES' were used on our ancestors back during slavery too. So, if you ask me, the time has come for us as a people to unite and require more than a good song and dance from our elected leaders. The ‘Cupid Shuffle’ is okay, but how about shuffling some more resources to our community to fix our streets. And while you’re at it, how about putting a little more effort into reducing the crime rates in Black and Brown communities!!! And why don’t we as citizens start holding these people accountable and require more than turkeys at Thanksgiving; a few bicycles at Christmas; a couple bottles of water after a storm, and handing out a few masks to gloss over the fact that these blasted career politicians have not delivered the goods that our underserved communities need to not only survive – but to thrive.”
Black Communities Continue to Suffer Because Our People Are Continuing to Blindly Following Bad Political Leaders
AUBREY R. TAYLOR REPORTS©
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with dancing in the streets. Nor is there anything wrong with dancing our way to the polls. However, at some point we must take a real hard look at what all that dancing and celebrating has gotten us over the years. If you ask me, our communities are getting worse under the leadership of some of the people we’re continue to blindly elect – people who are supposed to care about us – people who are supposed to have our best interests in mind. So listen up, people like Mayor Sylvester Turner, are intentionally misleading Black people into thinking that House Bill 6, the “VOTER INTEGRITY BILL” is a form of Jim Crow; but what he isn’t telling our people is that it was actually Democrats who were behind the Jim Crow Laws.
THE JIM CROW LAWS
For all of you who don’t know, the Jim Crow Laws that Mayor Sylvester Turner referred to a few weeks ago were actually laws that were enacted way back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by “WHITE SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT DOMINATED” state legislatures in the southern most parts of these United States. These laws were indeed meant to remove the political and economic gains made by Black people during the Reconstruction period. However, it wasn’t Republicans who were behind these laws – but rather “SOUTHERN WHITE DEMOCRATS” at local and state levels who were using the laws to keep us segregated as a nation.
KNOW YOUR HISTORY
Mayor Sylvester Turner’s comment which stated, “These election bills being considered by the Texas Legislature to represent voter suppression is another form of Jim Crow,” was true. However, he just didn’t tell Black people that the real culprits of these law were. He and his allies are misleading Black folks by playing on the fact that he knows that we’re going to believe pretty much whatever he says. You know, kind of like back during the slavery days when the slave masters found a smart negro, who felt could influence the other slaves and keep them in line. You know, kind of like “FIDDLER IN THE MOVIE ROOTS” by Alex Haley, or the character Stephen in the movie “DJANGO UNCHAINED” played by Samuel Jackson.
“These bills are not intended to address voter fraud but to suppress voter participation. The business community should condemn these bills,” Mayor Sylvester Turner went on to state. But what he was really doing with that statement was sounding the alarms for major corporations who do business with the City of Houston to put pressure on the legislature – which they’ve started to do.
“Instead of encouraging people to vote, the election bills filed in the Texas Legislature and across this country are intended to suppress the vote and specifically target people of color. The business and faith base communities should insist these bills be voted down,” explained Mayor Sylvester Turner. But what he was trying to do with this part of his statement was, play on the emotions of the people. You know, that’s one of his strong-suits. But will it work?
“Texas should not be known as the state that restricted voter rights,” said Turner. But what he didn’t tell the people was that, the Republican members aren’t trying to restrict the rights of voters. What the Republican members of the legislature are trying to do with House Bill 6 is fight to make sure that election integrity upheld and preserve the purity of the ballot box in the Lone Star State. In other words, the state legislature is trying to prevent fraud in our elections, and increase criminal penalties for election related crimes as a deterrent for people who may be committing illegal election related crimes. Doesn’t that make sense?
WHAT’S VOTER SUPPRESSION?
The term voter suppression is being used by people like Mayor Sylvester Turner as a way of playing on the emotions of Black folks. They already know that many of Black folks don’t really know that it was the "SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT DOMINATED” state legislatures in the southern most parts of these United States who were the ones who were suppressing the votes of our ancestors – so they are trying to put this jacket (so to speak) on the Republican legislature here in Texas and other places around the country. What is voter suppression? Look voter suppression is a strategy that’s used in influence the outcome of any given election by discouraging or preventing certain groups of people from taking part in the voting process. In case you don’t know, in the past, tactics like making minor changes to make voting less convenient – but that isn’t the case with House Bill 6 in Texas. But don’t take my word for it, take a moment, and read House Bill 6 for yourself.