Charles Barron - A Real Reason to Vote

Charles Barron and the Freedom Party are very likely one of the most important political developments in the history of New York State politics. Up to now the Black and Latino vote has been tucked into the hip pocket of the Democratic machine, while opportunist politicians both Black and white have set out to contain and control black voters.
Black voters are lead to believe that there are only two purposes to vote: 1) to elect the white candidate who claims to be our friend, or is the lesser of two evils, or to elect the black candidate who is most deserving of a public job and personal recognition. Other groups demand specifics, like immigration reform, or a women Supreme Court judge that is supportive of woman’s rights. The most we get is the personal satisfaction that the candidate we supported won. As a result after years of traditional politics Blacks as a group are left without power or substance of any kind.
In New York State Blacks and Latinos have also been lead to believe that politics is the art of compromise. Charles Barron has pointed out that in the real world, politics is about power- the power that decides who has food, income, education, shelter, heat and health care. For New York’s underserved communities the real issue must be the acquisition of economic and political power.
In 1960 there were 103 Black elected officials in this country, by 1990 that number had grown to 9000, at the same time all the social comfort indicators showed that nothing had changed in terms of the overall condition of Blacks as a group, and by this year 2010 the levels of dysfunction in the under served black and Latino communities can best be described as having created a state of emergency. Traditional Politicians tell confused young men to pull up their pants and stay in school, while cutting $100 million from the states education budget, and leaving the public school to prison pipe line firmly in place. Traditional politics continues to fail us.
Charles Barrons candidacy is significant because it not only seeks to elect a Governor but sets out to create an independent Black and Latino lead political organization that will without hesitation move to address the critical and still unresolved issues facing this states poor and working class communities. It is only the Freedom Party that speaks for these communities, which are ignored and marginalized by the major traditional parties and their traditional cohorts state wide.
The mere possibility of a state wide independent political organization has already attracted real concern on the part of black and white politicians who never thought we could file the 43,000 signatures that more than earned us our position on the November ballot. Lets be clear: To actually build an independent organization that will empower Blacks and Latinos on our own terms will fundamentally change the political landscape in this state and, quite possibly launch a true Black and Latino empowerment movement nation-wide.
For many Black and Latino New Yorkers Charles Barrons candidacy is the first time you actually have a real reason to vote
Oct 9, 2010
Original Publish Date: 
9 October 2010