A majority of people would say that the antebellum slavery period was a painful part of America’s past. Even Republicans and Democrats can agree on this! However, the Republican Party is often called racist by Democrats, while the democrats themselves are the party that stood against equal rights for minorities in the 1800’s.

I do not believe that Republicans or Democrats actively promote institutional racism today. Nevertheless, we know that racism still exists even in 2016.

A book I have been reading recently is “The Peculiar Institution” (1956) by Kenneth M. Stampp, A Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. In the book, Stampp analyzes slavery from the antebellum period. He gives 4 economic conditions of slavery that existed in parts of the country where slavery was legal.

  1. Ram-Shackled, Decrepit Housing
  2. Non-Existent Family Structure
  3. Violence
  4. Lack of Provisions (Health Care, Food, etc.) with the inability to advance

So do these economic conditions exist today? If so, where do they exist? What system do they exist in?

It took very little research to find several places where these characteristics exist today. You may be thinking, “Sure, third world countries have rampant poverty.” But what if I told you these conditions are the norm in low income communities found in Chicago, Detroit, and New Jersey to name a few. Interestingly enough, these cities have suffered conditions of poverty for years under democratic policies.  Many of these larger American cities haven’t had a republican mayor in over 50 years.

 For the sake of time, I will only discuss the city of Chicago. However, I highly recommend everyone to do research on other major cities in America.

Chicago is famous for many achievements. Unfortunately, it is known for being one of the most politically corrupt cities in America. This corruption is known as the Chicago way.  The corruption is so deep that 4 of the last 7 governors of Illinois have done time in federal prison.

A recent democratic mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. Yet even with all of that, there has not been a republican mayor elected in Chicago in over 90 years.

What does Chicago’s track record say about the Democratic Party that has had control for so long? If the Democratic Party truly is a party that builds up the African-American community, then why are the African-Americans in Chicago surrounded by decrepit housing, crippled family structure, massive amounts of violence and little success in obtaining wealth?

Chicago has the fifth highest foreclosure rate in America, with an increase in murder of over 72%, all under democrat policies and leadership.

The crime rate in Chicago is one of the highest in the nation, with 488 homicides in 2015. The city has a murder rate of 15.56 per 100,000 people. In the neighborhood of Fuller Park, there are 5.4 violent crimes per 1,000 people.

In 2013, 29.1% of residents in Chicago lived below the poverty rate. The neighborhood of Riverdale, has a poverty level of 74.9%. About 35% of all African-Americans in Chicago are on food stamps. These families and households deserve better, but are held down by democrat policies that make it even harder to get out of their current situation.

With statistics like these, is there hope for the African Community in America? I believe there is!

Step One: Realize a big part of the problem is Democrat Polices. It is time for African-Americans to recognize that the Democrats have taken their votes for granted for far too long.

Step Two: Vote for candidates that promote policies toward self-reliance to help all Americans obtain well-paying jobs and work their way out of the welfare society. Minorities don’t want a hand out they want a hand up!

Step Three: Embrace conservative candidates that promote strong family values and strengthen under-served communities by opening opportunities for better education, such as school vouchers. Why should African Americans and other minorities be stuck in failing and substandard schools? Why not be pro-choice and allow African Americans to choose educational opportunities that will help prepare them for a successful economical future.

The Declaration of Independence guarantees us the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. This Pursuit of Happiness should be open to all Americans. Let’s embrace policies that raise all of us up to a better and brighter future.