(Right Country) – Robert Johnson, the founder of the Black Entertainment Network, recently said something about the Democratic Party that is going to make the racists who make up the top echelon of the party’s leadership foam at the mouth. It’s a message that undermines their efforts to keep the black community under their thumbs and loyal to only voting for their candidates and their platform.
Johnson said that Democrats have taken black voters in the country for granted. He then went on to urge the folks in Black Lives Matter to form their own political party if they want to truly fight for their interests.
Johnson said all of this during an interview with Fox News, in which he spoke out on the state of politics in 2020, the civil unrest sweeping our country, and the current relationship Democrats have with black citizens. Let’s just say that he had some harsh words for Joe Biden.
Here’s more from Fox News:
“Vice President Biden said to an African-American, a black American host on his show, even if you think about voting for Donald Trump, you’re not black,” Johnson told Fox News. “To have that mindset, you must have the attitude that we, black Americans, we own you. We can take you for granted … That, to me, shows you that black Americans are an appendage of a party.”
He later added: “That’s the biggest turnoff I’ve heard from a politician in a long time.”
Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said his comments in a May interview with Charlamagne tha God were a “mistake” and chalked up the remark to the host being a “wise guy” and him responding in kind.
But Johnson said the former vice president gives him “a lot of pause” and questioned whether Biden believes African-Americans should have an “equal seat at the table in the Democratic Party.”
A recent Washington Post-Ipsos poll, however, shows that Biden currently holds a commanding lead over President Trump among black registered voters, 92 percent to 5 percent. The voters polled say racism and police conduct are the most important issues in their choice of candidates for president and were very critical of Trump, The Washington Post reported. Biden’s strong support among African-Americans also was evident earlier this year when he pulled off a resounding victory in South Carolina that revived his then-struggling candidacy.
It’s insane that so many folks in the black community could possibly be this dedicated to voting for Biden, a man who has insulted blacks time and time again with things he’s said and done over the length of his career in office. Why would they support a guy like that when he is the epitome of everything they claim to be fighting against?
Because they’ve been brainwashed by the media to think that the Democratic Party are the heroes of the story, while Trump is the villain. The propaganda they ingest every night from the news, from school, from Hollywood, is twisting reality and they are eating it up.
Johnson, the first black billionaire in the United States, underscored the significance at this moment of the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minn. He said he’s “never seen a group this strong since the civil rights movement.”
Johnson disagrees with some of the efforts by BLM and its allies, calling defunding the police a “silly idea” and mocking “borderline anarchists” who want to topple statues of Confederate and historical figures. But he sees the need for a group to stand up with the sole purpose of fighting for African-Americans because he said the Democratic Party hasn’t delivered on mending the systemic wealth gap between white and black Americans. Johnson is a major proponent of $14 trillion in slavery reparations payments to African-Americans.
“No minority group has ever achieved significant power in a two-party system when they are locked into one party and considered unreachable by the other party,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the permanent interests of African-Americans have diverged in many ways with the Democratic Party; now, with the nation behind the Black Lives Matter movement and racial injustice at the forefront, it’s time to act.
“I propose that an independent party formed by Black Lives Matter should echo the founding principles of the original Congressional Black Caucus members in 1971 who … said black Americans should have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interests,” Johnson said.
BLM would have a lot more of an impact on the culture at large by taking these kind of steps and starting a party than they are having right now by rioting and looting. If they were to change tactics, distance themselves from that sort of behavior, especially since a lot of the people in that movement are not radicalized like that, they could begin an education campaign or something of that nature that, even if they didn’t win a lot of elections, could do positive things.
But they have to shake off the Democratic Party. They have to be willing to really, truly, look at the state of things in America and ask themselves tough questions. Does institutional, systemic racism actually exist here in the United States? Or is that just another narrative fiction they’ve bought into thanks to the Democratic Party? If they honestly examine the facts I think they’d see that’s indeed the case.
Johnson suggested that Black Lives Matter run candidates for various offices and leverage their power in battleground states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where black voters staying home or breaking with Democrats can determine the outcome of the presidential election. He recently publicized this idea in an open letter to the BLM movement.
“It is very possible a black vote at 12 percent going one way toward Donald Trump could make Donald Trump president,” Johnson said. “That’s leverage, and black Americans ought to recognize the leverage.”
Johnson considers himself a lifelong Democrat and was a Hillary Clinton backer, but he’s undecided in the 2020 race between Biden and Trump. He’s given Trump high praise for his handling of the economy and boosting black employment.
“He took on one of the biggest issues facing African-Americans — unemployment, and therefore lack of income and therefore the wealth gap,” said Johnson, who met Trump at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club in 2016. “He addressed that and put a lot of African-Americans to work and in a way that was more historic than it’s ever been. And I applauded him.”
Johnson said he’ll make his mind up for sure in November, choosing to vote for the candidate he thinks will do the best for the African-American community.
There’s a lot of important things that people need to hear that were spoken by Johnson, especially when it comes to chastising the Democratic Party for how they’ve treated black voters. Let’s hope some of that sinks in now.