If not for America’s half-hearted attempt at “democracy,” where would Black Americans be? Honestly, if not for Frederick Douglass, Booker T Washington, Mary Mcleod Bethune, A. Philip Randolph, MLK, Angela Davis, Malcolm, Huey P, and Bobby Seale, Shirley Chisolm, Reverends Jesse and Al, and the Obamas…. If not for individuals like these, fighting for a well-earned piece of the almost mythical American Dream - where would Black Americans, if not to some degree Black people around the world be?

These were the tone-setters of the era.

The promise of a “piece” of Democracy, a legit, legal place in a democratic society - that was a large chunk of what fueled Black folks. We, by cruel coincidence, find ourselves inside of what much of the world regards as “the place to be.” Yes, because of the alleged and supposed democracy, liberty, freedom, independence - at least the promise of. We weren’t trying to immigrate back to a raped and decimated Africa, or Russia, China, or Bolivia - we’ve wanted our blood-stained piece of Mom’s all-American apple pie from Jump-street.

My thought is, if we, as Black people, in an openly hostile, if not ever-growing more unfriendly by the day place such as these disunited states of America, if we don’t show up these next two national elections, (honestly all elections from dog catcher to President) then we almost guarantee the collapse of this frail, conflicted American Democracy.

And I don’t think we’ll like what’s to come. Talk about medieval and slippin’ into darkness, that will be America if not the world under Vladdy and Donny.

The world is a cold place baby, a cold, rough, tough, dirty, gritty place - by design in almost all cases. America is, as Ronnie Ray-gun stated, a shining city on the hill, regardless of how it was diabolically constructed. I’m not dismissing Colonialism and Imperialism, I’m just making the undeniable point that despite how America came to be, it be. Here it is, and if Black Americans don’t make a united stand in the face of a racist, sexist, elitist, and overtly xenophobic White Nationalist movement, we’re going to find ourselves, our children, and unquestionably our children’s children facing a harder, crueler, meaner white-male-governed world.

Imagine a world governed by Putin, Xi, Trump, and that clown down in Brazil…. geez it looks a lot worse, a lot bleaker than a world in which the notion of democracy is at least touted as the greater goal of a society, whether attaining perfection or not - at least it’s the prime objective.

In the face of what could come if we don’t line up to vote like we line up for an NBA game or a Drake concert, then I can truly state the obvious: History will define us as failures. The peak of the Civil Rights/Black Power Movement in America will be President Obama. History will illustrate that we, in the face of the predictable WASP Backlash, we folded. Either we didn’t vote, or that 10% voted for Trump.

How embarrassing this will be for us all on the other side when we have to face our ancestors and have to admit we didn’t care, we didn’t “get it,” we were distracted by “all that glittered,” we sold our souls to capitalism and the pursuit of material wealth. We handed over the formal education of our children to an oppressive and disconnected majority that had no incentive or desire to make our children as smart and whole as theirs.

I just don’t understand how Black folks will have to be prompted, motivated, herded, and pushed to vote in the coming years. How do we not grasp what awaits us?

I can only surmise that when you don’t know your history, and believe me - we don’t - well then, as a people, we are doomed to repeat it.

Hold on, it’s gonna get bumpy.

BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Desi Cortez, who also writes for BlackAthlete.com & NegusWhoRead.com, was hatched in the heart of Dixie, circa 1961, at the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the by-product of four dynamic individuals, Raised in South-Central LA, the 213. At age 14 transplanted to the base of the Rockies, Denver. Still a Mile-Hi. Sat at the foot of scholars for many, many moons, emerging with a desire and direction… if not a sheep-skin. Meandered thru life; gone a-lot places, done a-lot of things, raised a man-cub into an officer n' gentleman, a "man's man." Produced a beautiful baby-girl with my lover/woman/soul-mate… aired my "little" mind on the airwaves and wrote some stuff along the way. Wordsmith behind America's Ten Months Pregnant . . . Ready To Blow!: Even Trump Can't "Make America White Again." A New, More Inclusive, Diverse 21st Century America - Love It . . . Or Get The Hell Out!. Contact Mr. Cortez and BC.

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