A timely political forum puts the impact of the African-American vote at the forefront of 2012 election politics.
Atlanta native Traymone Deadwyler is so committed to service of his community his twitter handle is @servewithtray. No coincidence it was during one of his many service projects he and others began to consider the importance of the African-American vote and wondering why politicians of all parties, didn't do more to seriously court voters of color. Enter "Should Black People Vote?" a forum being held Saturday from 2p-5pm at the Shrine of the Black Madonna.
According to Deadwyler, Blacks are comfortable allowing other people to make decisions for them, even though we're an extremely diverse community with a broad mix of progressive and conservative ideals. He believes the way to ensure Black votes matter starts with not voting based on generational patterns but looking at issues critical to the growth and development of Black communities.
When asked why they vote, Black Americans are likely to cite the civil right movement or other incidents rooted in liberation memory and the struggle for Black equality. Voting and ballot box access have been key to allowing Blacks full participation in the electoral process. Moreover, as efforts to suppress voter turn out, overwhelmingly in Democratic, low income communities inhabited mostly by persons of color.
"Should Black People Vote?" is a timely conversation following the defeat of T-Splost locally and as the nation approaches a Presidential election nationally. Atlanta is a blue city inside of an extremely red state. Beyond republican and democratic politics the rural vs. urban vs suburban divide creates a unique set of implications for Black voters. "Should Black People Vote?" the dialogue begins this Saturday at 2pm. All voices and visions are encouraged to attend.
Shrine of the Black Madonna 946 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, Atlanta, 30310