Monday, September 25, 2006

Young Black Democrats Needs To Connect With Young Black Republicans by Akindele Akinyemi


I attended the Democratic African American Leadership Summit Reception in Downtown Detroit on Saturday night to meet and greet some of our young political pundits on the Democratic side in Detroit.

For once, I was impressed and of course I support events like this because I feel it is important to create dialogue on both sides of the aisle.

But I have to point out something important about these types of events.

I find it very interesting to see young Black Democrats who are part of the political process never come to ANY Black Republican events OR even find the facts about the Republican Party.

I have stated many times that in order for Detroit to succeed politically it needs political balance. We cannot continue voting Democrat on automatic.

It is a well known fact that I have visited the Granholm camp several times (including the Governor's kickoff celebration) but I have never seen ANY young Black Democrats visit our brothers and sisters at the DeVos camp. In fact, when I go visit the Granholm camp I never have to engage in debate because they know who I am supporting and I know who they are supporting. What I am working on is trying to find common ground between both groups and build a consistent One Detroit Network for our families.

But it seems like our young Democrat counterparts do not wish to engage in real dialogue as a group and that is troubling.

I also went to the Michigan Democratic State Convention this past August AFTER spending two days in Novi with the Michigan Republican State Convention. While I made my presence, I did not see ONE Black Democrat at the Republican convention trying to build serious bridges for our community. This is absurd.

I would encourage our young Black Democratic delegation to stop by the DeVos camp in Detroit to discuss issues with us. You will find that we too want a change in Michigan.

The other thing I would like to point out is how our young Black Democrats are blindly supporting Jennifer Granholm for re-election. I said blindly because most of our young pundits who I know personally are business owners. Just by listening to their dialogue on DeVos I knew right away that they had no clue who or what DeVos stands for. They are supporting the Governor because she is a Democrat. More sadly, it's a "Black" thing to be in the Democratic Party when race is only a fear factor that is keeping us down in Detroit.

However, some of our young people attend churches and religious institutions that contradict the Democraitc philosophy. You cannot be a conservative on Sunday and be a liberal Monday-Saturday. This type of lifestyle leads to confusion and therefore they are halfway prepared to lead.

I would like to encourage our young brothers and sisters in the Democratic camp to take time out and research what you are into. Do you want to be part of a party that uses race as a measure of success? How come the Michigan Democrats could not pick two African Americans to be on the ticket instead of one? How come your chairman, Mark Brewer, is always dividing the party up on race? Is that fair to those who want to achieve leadership in the Democratic Party in Michigan?

What's funny is that I hear all types of stereotypes from our young Democrats in Detroit about the Michigan Republicans. 95% of those I speak to do not even know that the Michigan Republicans have a sister who runs the ethnic collations. Many do not know that the person responsible for DeVos's African American Statewide Outreach and Detroit Outreach is a sister.
Many do not know that when we had our Diversity Caucus at the Republican convention (that we did not have to pay for unlike the African American Leadership Summit) it was mostly young Black Republicans from all over the state.

Again, where was the young Black Democrats? And how come they hide during this season? What's funny is that the only people the young Black Democrats can name as a young Black Republican is Robert Shumake and Akindele Akinyemi. They never get a chance to really KNOW us.

All I'm saying is look at things from OUR perspective sometimes. We are Black Republicans because of our moral and educational values that translates into economic prosperity.

7 comments:

Afrknsci said...

You make some good points....it would be fitting that most would become more interested in what the other team is doing to successfully counter punch them into oblivion...but I guess thats why republicans have been kicking so much democratic ass...But keep in mind we don't live in a democratic country we live in the Republic of America!!!

I think both candidates are weak and are talking pretty and saying what you wanna hear but wont do a damn thing. Also neither care to act aggressive to support my issues so I will vote none of the above!!!

Both candidates can get the middle finger!!!

FreeMan said...

Coopted Puppet - Black Afrikans that care about Social Justice & Racial Equality should loathe Michigan's Racist Fascist Republicans -
If Devos cared so much about Affirmative Action - why won't he criticize Michigan Republican efforts to limit Affirmative Action by - Michigan Republican Attorney General Mike Cox, Michigan Republican Secretary of State Teri Lyn Land - Michigan Republican leading Anti-Affirmative Action in Macomb - Michigan Republican legislator seeking to remove jurisdiction of Michigan Civil Rights Commission to investigate voter fraud on ballot petitions
The leader of the Anti-Affirmative Action drive is quoted as saying Devos is only supporting Affirmative Action because it is "politically correct" but ideologically is opposed to Affirmative Action
Get ready because Republican Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Young Jr will vote to require Michigan voters to require State Identification in October 2006 - I'm sure you Coopted Puppet will rejoice at this but to Black Afrikans that can not get their Birth Certificates in Southern States because of errors & racism - it will disenfranchise Black Afrikans at a higher rate than White European- Americans

akindele akinyemi said...

afrisci said:

I think both candidates are weak and are talking pretty and saying what you wanna hear but wont do a damn thing. Also neither care to act aggressive to support my issues so I will vote none of the above!!!

Both candidates can get the middle finger!!!


thanks...this makes our job a lot easier knowing that people in detroit will not vote for neither candidate.

Coopted Puppet - Black Afrikans that care about Social Justice & Racial Equality should loathe Michigan's Racist Fascist Republicans -

again, since I work in the party who in the party is racist?

If Devos cared so much about Affirmative Action - why won't he criticize Michigan Republican efforts to limit Affirmative Action by - Michigan Republican Attorney General Mike Cox, Michigan Republican Secretary of State Teri Lyn Land - Michigan Republican leading Anti-Affirmative Action in Macomb -

Are you speaking of Leon Drolet and Jack Bradenberg..two libertarians who are posing as republicans?

Michigan Republican legislator seeking to remove jurisdiction of Michigan Civil Rights Commission to investigate voter fraud on ballot petitions

are you pissed because the MCRI is whupping ass on AA?


The leader of the Anti-Affirmative Action drive is quoted as saying Devos is only supporting Affirmative Action because it is "politically correct" but ideologically is opposed to Affirmative Action

So now you believe the bullshit from the Michigan Citizen?

Get ready because Republican Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Young Jr will vote to require Michigan voters to require State Identification in October 2006 - I'm sure you Coopted Puppet will rejoice at this but to Black Afrikans that can not get their Birth Certificates in Southern States because of errors & racism - it will disenfranchise Black Afrikans at a higher rate than White European- Americans

excuses, excuses. Only a man with a low intellect would say this.

FreeMan said...

Coopted Puppet - God knows who is racist - We know who does Racist Deeds in the Michigan Republican Party - L. Brooks Patterson - Michael Cox - Robert P. Young Jr. -
Teri Lyn Land - Ruth Johnson

People if you get sick of talking to Republicans come to "blog.zenaslaw.com"

akindele akinyemi said...

these people are not sick of republicans..in fact there are a number of black people who have called me a hero and thank me for NOT following people like you to hell.

i am a champion of what's right. A Black Conservative Hero to our children and parents. DeVos will win and I will have the very last laugh just like I did with Bert Johnson when the devil tried to take him out as well.

So this is your final call because i am preparing to whup your ass homeboy these last 39 days of this election cycle.

FreeMan said...

My fight will last until death or the rapture - What's right? by Who's definition ? The Racist Fascist Warmongers Bush & Blackwater - or the Bible that favors the poor & oppressed or democracy that says the majority of people & their issues have preeminence
You support the Rule of the Beast - The AntiChrist - 666 - New World Order -individualistic - Selfish - Destroyers of the Environment & the majority of the people
At the last day God will say who was correct
Afrika 4 Afrikans!

akindele akinyemi said...

My fight will last until death or the rapture -

well you're at death already by living in damn fear daily.

What's right? by Who's definition ?

by God.

The Racist Fascist Warmongers Bush & Blackwater - or the Bible that favors the poor & oppressed or democracy that says the majority of people & their issues have preeminence

you don't follow the bible. you only use it when necessary. you pick and choose what to follow in the bible the fits your black nationalist foolishness.

I follow the WHOLE bible. Big difference.

You support the Rule of the Beast - The AntiChrist - 666 - New World Order -individualistic - Selfish - Destroyers of the Environment & the majority of the people
At the last day God will say who was correct
Afrika 4 Afrikans!

there is no such thing as a new world order...you have been reading conspiracy theories and misinterpret old man bush when he mentioned new world order.

like i said originally in this post..young black democrats need to connect with young black republicans.