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An Open Letter To Woke Folk On Why You Should Vote

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Editorial: On Why Woke Folk Should Vote

By Kamau Austin, Publisher And Editor-In-Chief Scoop Publications

I may not get you to change your mind but I don't accept people like Dr. Boyce or anybody else coming off like Blacks who vote are stupid or just settling for the the less of 2 evils.
I'm voting because I pay taxes especially locally, I want more government contracts locally to give Black businesses viable contracts to then build wealth, hire more Black people in the US, and develop economic institutions.

Then take that money and invest in developing markets. I vote because it could mean millions of Black people having health care, jobs, and getting access to capital.

The problem for me is Blacks pay a good deal of taxes.  On 1.3 trillion in yearly collective revenue we are paying some where in the neighborhood of $250 billion to $300 billion dollars in taxes a year.  If we don't vote that is de facto self imposed taxation without representation.
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Blacks are too often writing a blank check to people outside our community and interests -- consuming our way into poverty with no ROI.  Most of the things we buy like real estate mortgages, banking, utilities, cable and Internet access, student loans, computers and mobile devices, and food isn't owned by us and these companies don't look out for us economically and socially.  Now we're supposed to invest in the political system with taxes to the tune of hundreds of billion$ of dollars (estimated $300 BILLION a year) and not even vote?

That to me just is a prescription for disaster.  They are predicting by 2053 the average net worth of a Black family will be 0.

In NYC we are electing more progressive candidates to office helping to get more Black companies government contracts.

Why do you think capitalists contribute to campaigns? You think they have nothing else to do with their money? Why do some capitalists hedge their bets and contribute to both sides so either way they have influence.

The government is one of the biggest purchasers of goods and services in the country. Many successful capitalists of all backgrounds have gotten wealthy with government contracts.

For instance you may think these politicians are all talk and little action but for instance in my hometown there is a 13 Billion dollar renovation of JFK Airport. There is also a 10 billion dollar upgrade of La Guardia Airport and billions being invested in Downtown Jamaica NY. Community organizations have lobbied area politicians to make sure local residents get shots at all the jobs and business contracts available. We've also voted in politicians who will fight for a significant share of business contracts going to diverse members of the community.

Having the right politicians in place can ensure billions or millions of dollars are distributed in a way that benefits your community and not just interests from outside of it. There are many practical ways I've seen having the right elected officials in place has a big impact on people and communities. Plus you pay a lot in taxes so why not get a ROI. Why write a blank check to the government without having a say in how it is run? That's just not a good business move.

We have examples of how local politicians like Maynard Jackson was voted in and able to turn Atlanta into a Black business Mecca.  He centered his economic development around the International Airport in ATL.  I believe we can do a similar thing in Southeast Queens.

If a Black person is a 6 or 7-figure earning person invested in the stock market or have a good university job then they might feel they don't have to vote because either way they gonna get paid. But please don't come off like other Blacks who vote are clueless with the dems.

We know the dems are too moderate and need to be transformed or gutted at some point if they don't change. But the bottom line is Trump inspired GOP isn't offering anything of long term value to Black and communities of color.

He has tried to gut the Community Reinvestment Act, when President for Pete's Sake!  Also the GOP in 30 states are spearheading legislation to make voting for Blacks and communities of color more difficult.

I mean what else does he and the GOP have to do to show you that they don't have our interests at heart to us economically informed people?  Not voting gives the power to people who would like to marginalize the Black community.

Kamau Austin, is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Southeast Queens Scoop. He has extensive experience in both the traditional and digital publishing fields.

Kamau Austin is also a dadpreneur, author of two books, publisher, and principal of AdPro Media Sales (AMS). AMS is an online sales, marketing, and advertising company. Mr. Austin has been featured in Fortune SB magazine, CNN, WebPro News, Satellite Radio, Black Enterprise, and hundreds of Newspapers and magazines in the US.  He has also been honored with a number of community awards.

Contact him if you are interested in writing articles, sharing news or views, putting on community events, or distributing press releases. Austin and the staff/supporters of the Southeast Queens Scoop are dedicated to covering the area in a fair and uplifting way. At the scoop we love to share positive news about Southeast Queens. 

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