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20293, RE: What are you talking about?
Posted by guest, Mon Nov-13-00 07:41 AM

>I challenge that, because if we
>fought for all those rights,
>then we should be morally
>obligated to use all of
>them.

What you fail to admit is that Black people also fought to not participate and resist this government at all costs. That presents a contradiction in our obligations. Would Garvey tell me to vote?

>Resisting voting has not
>helped black people at all...especially
>since large scale mobilization continues
>to fail. I'd rather not
>wait and hope if I
>can do one little thing
>that will keep me from
>being worse off than I
>already am.

Many would argue that voting hasnt helped Black people that much. Like i said- the government didnt let you vote on whether or not they would bring crack into our community. After they committed the crime we can vote on how to rememdy the situation but the fact is we're only resolving the problems that they cause nonetheless entitling them to do more damage. If the potnetial of voting is to keep us from being worse off than we already are then perhaps you should look into politics that have potential for resolving our situation and not just settling for it.


>>3. I challenged the idea that
>>there was no good reason
>>to not vote as there
>>are plenty of good reasons-
>>some may be singular excuses
>>and beyond that there are
>>many ideologies that stress non
>>participation. I challenged the notion
>>that non-voters were categorically idiots
>>and not contributing to the
>>struggle.
>
>I don't think there are any
>good reasons to not vote.
>They may seem valid to
>you, but not to me.
>That's just a matter of
>opinion.

you're not even considering the reasons- you're considering the excuses. Is rastafarianism not valid?

K