They don’t hear us though: On black millennials and pandering
December 22, 2015 at 2:00 am
“And while many of us participated in the election of the nation’s first black president, we’ve witnessed what feels like his inability to adequately serve black Americans in the face of continued economic challenges and systematic police brutality.”This speaks to a compounded problem the Democratic party is facing; not only do these individual candidates have to appeal to these needed voices for their campaigns, they have to make the political system a possibility for justice. As millennials find new ways to organize for rights and safeties and life, many are finding the current political system unavailable to them. From the Supreme Court to law enforcement, to Congress, to the President, black millennials are not seeing potentials of comfort. What could be most frustrating is the dismissal of activists, evident in both language about protests and responses from candidates. Although organizers has amplified black life to a national consciousness, only obscured by willful ignorance, their demands are not abstract. From the student activists who organize their requests and share them nationally to the various campaigns and actions organized daily, black millennials aren’t hiding, nor quiet, nor passive. If only the presidential candidates listened instead of pandered. If only the American political system could provide hope for black folks. If only folks heard us.
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