DON'T BE DISTRACTED
There are men - now in power in
this country -
who do not respect dissent, who cannot cope with turmoil,
and who believe that the people of America are ready to support
as long as it is done with a quiet voice and a business
John V. Lindsay
April 2, 1970
African Americans comprise
nearly 38 million people,
about 13 percent of the American population.
Among these 38 million, 26
million African Americans are of voting
Overall, about 56 percent of
voting-eligible African Americans
currently cast votes in presidential
In off-years, that percentage
slips below 50.
It, therefore, might be
postulated that some 45-50 percent of eligible
Black voters in America are unconcerned about their right to
(to account for the indigent,
infirm and disenfranchised
the percentage may round to 40-44 percent)
Only 14 million of 26 million
voting-eligible Blacks voted in 2004.
That leaves about 12 million
apathetic Black people lounging around this country
further wasting our precious energies.
That's twelve million. That's
Overall, about 62 percent of
eligible Whites have voted since 2004.
Whites are about 216 million people in this country.
154 million are of voting age. 95 million Whites vote.
It seems that 59 million White people don't care to be counted
That sets aside more than 70
million people looking askance about America,
in peace or in war.
That's almost three times the
entire population of Iraq,
which we occupied so that they might benefit from our fine democratic
70 million people with their
heads in the sand (pun intended) about America;
that approaches 25 percent of the entire U.S.
And that accounts only for
Blacks and Whites.
That's seventy million. That's
In fact, per
capita, all other ethnic groups have more democratic
at the grassroots level than Whites and Blacks in
If White apathy remained as it
is and Blacks increased our voting roll to 75
well, you do the
Don't be distracted on any
"Distraction, ultimately will
even of your seemingly inexorable
Richard A Cummings
An American In Thought
R.A. Cummings (2005)
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