According to Pew Research in the 2008 election cycle in which Junior Illinois US Senator Barack Obama was elected president, whites made up 76.3% of the record 131 million people who voted, while blacks made up 12.1%, Hispanics 7.4%, and Asians 2.5%.
We do not have data for the 2020 cycle; votes are still being counted, (yes I do have a problem with the length of time it takes for states to finish counting, tabulating, and reporting out vote totals after election day).
Since the country has embarked on early voting before Election day, it makes sense to dispense with the idea of election day, and embrace election week.
The longer it takes for the process to be completed, the more it gave liars and propagandists like Donald Trump to stir up anger, resentment, and potential violence in an already overheated environment.
The concept of an “election day” causes Americans to correctly expect to have election results by the end of election day.
It is inconceivable that after the débâcle of 2000 in which the Supreme court took it upon itself to stop the vote count, disenfranchising God only knows how many voters, and handing the presidency to goof-ball George W Bush, America is no further along in creating and maintaining efficient election machinery, that allows people to vote, and have their votes counted.
There will be no shortage of lessons to be learned after this cycle is complete, not the least of which is that (a) America is not a Democracy, (in a democracy, the winner is the person or political party that gets the most votes) (b) African-Americans must wake up to the reality that its interest is not the same as that of Hispanics or Latinos.
Hispanics/Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States, dwarfing African-Americans that have had that honor for a very long time.
On the issue of social justice, policing, and a raft of issues, Hispanics have either been eerily silent or have thrown their cap in the ring with white Republicans, regardless of how they treat them.
Cubans in south Florida are probably the most triggered of all Hispanic communities. Whisper the word communist or socialist, and they will jump over a cliff in terror.
It is unfair for me to criticize them. I have never lived in Cuba, but truth be told, not many of them have either.
I will expand on this as time allows.
In the meantime, as we exhale from the tensions of the last four years, let us not lose sight of the fact that as the Latino community grows in size, their attitudes toward social justice and other issues may not line up with that of black folks.
The most obvious sign of that is that many Latinos see themselves as white, not that they have been accepted as such yet. Still, if Raphael Cruz’s name change to ‘Ted” is anything to do with it, they are certainly looking forward to being assimilated as the Irish and Italians waited and were assimilated.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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