. . . Greg Palast is only too happy to remind:
In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. "Spoiled votes" is the technical term. The pile of ballots left to rot has a distinctly dark hue: About 1 million of them -- half of the rejected ballots -- were cast by African Americans although black voters make up only 12 percent of the electorate.
This year, it could get worse.
Finally picked up the current (not that I'd read the prior one) edition of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Between that, the linked article and the all-too-familiar-from-personal-experience dismissal of African American House members at the beginning of Fahrenheit 9/11. . . oh yeah, I'm feeling good.
And really liking Republicans. And the Democratic Party. I am full of love. And optimism. Knowing, with clear, absolute certainty, that the Republicans are evil, racist fucking assholes, rather than merely suspecting it, is actually reassuring in a way. Knowing the Democratic Party has better things to do with their time and political capital than uphold the rule of law or democratic principles? Good to know.
And to think.
I was actually feeling guilty about the veiny, evil, fuck all y'all attitude.
The LAPD showing themselves still ready, willing and able to go Giuliani Time on a brotha on camera really just makes the very slightest difference. Barely noticeable, to be honest.
I won't bore you with my reaction to the slow pan over a group of white, male senators smiling and applauding as President Pro Tempore Al Gore gaveled us -- yes, children, us -- into silence/submission.
It might reflect badly on me.
And if there's one thing I've learned from numerous condescending lectures from insufferable, arrogant white pricks, it's that in the face of all the shit we're expected to endure with quiet dignity in this society, the absolute worst thing any Negro could possibly do or say is something that reflects badly to our genetic, intellectual superiors.