I always remember my first time voting for an election. I was excited to cast my vote for the first time and felt that I was making a change. I was in undergrad and didn’t look at the policies that were listed before I voted. I just went into the polling location and voted for who was liked the most. That was in the late 2000s but fast forward to 2020, and you will see that many black people still vote the same way. They vote with emotions instead of using their intellect.
Here recently, successful businessman Ice Cube has been criticized lately due to reports that he met Donald Trump about having a plan for Black America. Yes, Ice Cube was contacted by both parties (Democrat & Republican), but only the Republican party set up a meeting with him. Biden wanted to wait after the election (if he wins) to meet with Cube.
The meeting happened a few months ago, but to score political points with black men, one of Trump’s campaign aides leaked the news. But what people are missing is that the Democratic party didn’t want to meet with him until later. The Democratic party told him that after the election, they would sit down to talk about his plan if they win.
It’s no secret that most of the black community has been voting for the Democrat party for over 30 years. The consistency has been so long that most Democrat politicians don’t even bother to bring a tangible agenda to the table because they feel our votes are secured regardless.
Which has gotten black voters to the point they are demanding tangible results for their vote. Ice Cube meeting with the Trump Administration was important for people to see because politics is about voting your interest, not liking the candidate. But that is an understanding that is truly missing with all of this fake drama.
Politics have become a personality contest, and people want to feel good about the candidate and like the candidate when casting their vote. Liking a candidate doesn’t matter because the focus should be on the policy. The policy is what moves the needle, not their personality. When people vote, voting for your interest is what is most important.
But with this new generation of politics, when you work with certain people, they automatically assume that you support and endorse them. Ice Cube never endorsed Trump and hasn’t endorsed Biden. The plan was specifically to help black America and bring tangible results that will have an immediate economic impact.
With the reaction of this meeting between Cube and personnel from the Trump Administration. It’s clear that a lot of us in the community are still politically immature and don’t understand how politics works. This weakness area has been a downfall before and will continue to hold us back if we don’t change this way of thinking.