Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Tired Old Democratic Plantation Trope

Trump's fake black outreach has been all about this: black folks have been taken for granted for the Democrats and have nothing to show for it.

We saw how his one black friend, Mark Burns, very clumsily tried to use this trope and got himself into a whole heap of trouble.

Trump is still scheduled to meet with the Pastor this weekend, but you wonder if at this point it does even more harm than has already been done.

But this trope is not new. Trump is simply reinventing a tired GOP talking point that never has much success: Blacks should vote for the GOP because the Dems take them for granted.

The argument is basically blacks should seek compeittion for their votes. But the trouble is the GOP hasn't even been trying to compete. It's been playing dog whistle politics for 52 years.

Al Sharpton had the perfect answer to this dubious argument at the 2004 Democratic convention.

"Mr. President, as I close, Mr. President, I heard you say Friday that you had questions for voters, particularly African- American voters. And you asked the question: Did the Democratic Party take us for granted? Well, I have raised questions. But let me answer your question."

See? So Trump didn't invent this Planation Theory of the Democratic party.

"You said the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a mule."

"That's where the argument, to this day, of reparations starts. We never got the 40 acres. We went all the way to Herbert Hoover, and we never got the 40 acres."

"We didn't get the mule. So we decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us."

"Mr. President, you said would we have more leverage if both parties got our votes, but we didn't come this far playing political games. It was those that earned our vote that got our vote. We got the Civil Rights Act under a Democrat. We got the Voting Rights Act under a Democrat. We got the right to organize under Democrats."

"Mr. President, the reason we are fighting so hard, the reason we took Florida so seriously, is our right to vote wasn't gained because of our age. Our vote was soaked in the blood of martyrs, soaked in the blood of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner, soaked in the blood of four little girls in Birmingham. This vote is sacred to us."

"This vote can't be bargained away."

"This vote can't be given away."

"Mr. President, in all due respect, Mr. President, read my lips: Our vote is not for sale."

Here is an Ebony list of 10 things Black folks like more than Trump.

One item that made the list? #AllLIvesMatter. 

That is preferred by black folks to Donald Trump. 

Certainly Trump 0% approval rating with blacks is another great reason to love blacks.


  1. That trope was designed to explain to fellow Republicans why Blacks don't vote GOP. It has nothing to do with trying to convince blacks. That's my opinion.

    1. I agree. The GOP in 1964 made the Faustian decision to kiss of the Black vote in favor of the Southern Strategy.

      This remains the playbook

  2. FOX NEWS ALERT! Trump's border wall to be constructed entirely of broken promises!

    Lol... I can't take credit for that: I found the seed of it here.