It’s really important everyone understands the Democratic Party is not allied against white supremacy any more than any other white-dominated institution that has Black people on staff.
Like, you can’t keep asking “why don’t they do this?” and “why don’t they do that?” without examining that perhaps you’re assuming they have different motives than they actually do. Even when they first passed the VRA in 1965, Dems wld only go so far in challenging racism.
Recall how the admin that passed 1965 Voting Rights Act is same one that sicced FBI on civil rights leaders. Dems are the more amenable wing of the white power structure but it’s still the white power structure. Blk ppl are the base voters, but they’re not the power brokers.
That’s why it was so problematic during 2020 election when folks said Blk southern voters were the “Democratic establishment” (as tho Dems aren’t largely controlled by white corporate interests). If that were true, why do Blk ppl have to fight so hard to be part of the agenda?

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Do you ever notice how Americans aren’t given much news or perspective from Black & brown countries including the ones that are geographically closer to the USA than Europe & Asia?
One of the most disturbing aspects of oppression & one that I reflect on a lot when recalling how I used to think about things before learning what I currently know, is how white colonizers replace our self-image with their own image in ways that often go unquestioned.
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