Black Political Opinion is a multi-part opinion-editorial series that will look at various political topics, news, and views that impact the black community. (Disclaimer: Lashaun is a Black female, conservative leaning Independent, who voted for Biden in 2020).
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Republican versus Democrat agenda
The Black community has historically been one of the most disadvantaged groups in the United States. Despite progress in recent decades, Black Americans continue to face challenges in areas such as education, employment, and housing.
The Republican and Democratic parties have different approaches to many issues, including those that affect the black community.
Republicans generally favor smaller government, lower taxes, and less regulation, while Democrats generally favor a larger government, higher taxes, and more regulation.
These different approaches have different implications for the black community.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate for black Americans is 19.5%, which is more than double the rate for white Americans (8.2%).
Republicans generally believe that the best way to reduce poverty is to create jobs and grow the economy. They argue that lower taxes and less regulation will encourage businesses to invest and create jobs, which will in turn help to lift people out of poverty.
Democrats, on the other hand, believe that the government has a role to play in reducing poverty. They argue that the government can help to create jobs through infrastructure spending and other initiatives, and that it can also provide assistance to those who are struggling, such as through food stamps and housing assistance.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress black students lag behind white students in reading and math at every grade level.
Republicans generally believe that the best way to improve education is to give parents more choices about where their children go to school. They support school vouchers, which would allow parents to use government funding to send their children to private schools.
Democrats, on the other hand, believe that the government has a responsibility to provide quality education to all children, regardless of their zip code. They support increased funding for public schools and other initiatives to improve educational outcomes for black students.
The criminal justice system is another area where the Republican and Democratic parties have different approaches.
Republicans generally favor a tough-on-crime approach, which includes harsher sentences for criminals and less focus on rehabilitation. They argue that this approach is necessary to protect public safety.
Democrats, on the other hand, believe that the criminal justice system is biased against black Americans, and that it disproportionately incarcerates black people for minor offenses. They support reforms such as reducing mandatory minimum sentences, eliminating cash bail, and reforming the use of solitary confinement.
The issue of race is also a major one in the black community. Republicans generally believe that race is no longer a major factor in American life, and that the country has made great progress in race relations.
Democrats, on the other hand, believe that racism is still a major problem in America, and that it continues to hold black people back. They support policies such as affirmative action and hate crime legislation.
These are just a few of the key areas where the Republican and Democratic parties differ in their approach to the black community.
It is important to note that there is a great deal of diversity within both parties, and not all Republicans or Democrats agree on every issue.
However, the general trends are clear: Republicans tend to favor policies that emphasize individual responsibility and limited government, while Democrats tend to favor policies that emphasize government intervention and social justice.
These different approaches have different implications for the black community, and it is important for black voters to consider these implications when they cast their ballots in local, state, and national elections.