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Oh Biden, Where Art Thou? Does the Black Votes Count Too?

United States President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden greet Congresswoman Maxine Waters, her daughter Karen Waters, Senator Alex Padilla and his son Diego after they exited Air Force One at LAX in Los Angeles on Saturday Feb. 3, 2024. The President is in town to meet with leaders of the Black entertainment industry and secure their vote in his re-election campaign. (Photo by Brittany Murray-Long Beach Press-Telegram)


President Joe Biden is welcomed by Rep. Maxine Waters and Mayor Karen Bass to Los Angeles after arriving on Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

By  Gloria Zuurveen

Can you believe it? We are just about at the end of our celebrated Black History Month. Well it is true but don’t forget it’s also that time of year where we are all asked to go the polls and cast our votes for you know who, the president and a whole slew of other politicians who say, “Vote for me and I’ll set you free.” But in reality they could care less about us you see. Many of them want to follow in the footsteps of Congresswoman Waters who started her rise down in the hood politicking and soliciting so much she now sits among the Rich and Famous but when it comes to the Black community she has a whole lot of rhetoric. Living in Los Angeles for over 40 years, my eyes don’t lie and I am one to say it is time for Black people to wave these career politicians bye, bye. I remember all the past presidential campaigns and rallies too when the prominent politicians like Al Gore, Barack Obama and all the others use to come to me and you. Not so with Biden. Why?

Thousands at rally in Rancho Cienega Park with Barack Obama run for president in 2008 Photo by Gloria Zuurveen

What’s the difference with Biden and Barack? One, Barack, at least in the beginning, he came to the people and sought their votes with politicians in tow, but today, Biden only use the politicians to help him get the money and go. Photo by Gloria Zuurveen

Is it because he has his Black cronies to slide him right on through avoiding even a question or a challenge or two? Or is it what the reports reveal that he’s only coming to the money and to forget about me and you. I have to say like the great late Civil Rights Activist and a Mississippian, Fannie Lou Hamer, when comes to these insulting practices, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Yes, I am but what about YOU! We must speak up and say “Enough is enough”.


1 Comment

  1. Jackie Lucas on March 11, 2024 at 10:56 am

    My 94 year mother voted in every election until her death. She taught all of her nine children and encouraged those that she interacted with to do the same. Even during her working career, she found time to get people to the poll and/or request and execute absentee ballots. She never accepted not even a dime for her service. Mother enjoyed talking to people, and she would in her most senior years spend time year in and year out talking about God, her family and electing the best candidates in Mound Bayou, our state and the nation. She was driven by her desire to research and determine which candidates were most committed to the people’s cause and would advance the policies that would make things better for people. Whether she was recognized or for her consistent efforts not was a factor in her efforts. She believed as I do, that there are no perfect candidates, only a best candidate for the job at that time.

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