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Black Kansas City Voter’s Guide: Un-Decided, Republican or Democrat…Who Should a Black in America Be?

Greetings, fellow Kansas Citians! Welcome to the heart of the matter, y’all! As we stand at the epicenter of democracy, it’s crucial that we, the Black community, step up and engage in the political process. That’s why we’re thrilled to present the “Black KC Vote. The Black Kansas City Voter’s Guide” – a comprehensive resource designed to navigate the complexities of American politics and empower our community to make informed decisions.

Friends, let’s get down to business. Our guide is a testament to our commitment to addressing the issues that deeply impact our lives. From systemic racism and mass incarceration to economic disparities and quality of life concerns, these are the challenges we face head-on, armed with knowledge and determination.

And, let’s not forget the exodus of our Black men -and women- getting their US Passports, and leaving the United States together, seeking better quality of life, mental health, wellness, healthier relationships, higher-quality real food, better opportunities due to unjust incarceration and limited quality of life. It’s time to address these issues and build a more equitable society for ourselves and future generations.

Navigating Pressing Concerns:

Black Kansas City, let’s take a closer look at the issues that keep us up at night. Access to quality healthcare, economic opportunity, and educational equity are among our top priorities. It’s time to address these systemic injustices and build a more equitable society for ourselves and future generations.

Black Votes Matter – there’s no doubt about it. But here’s the deal: we respect your right to choose. Whether you’re leaning towards Trump or Biden, The Dems or The Republicans, or even voting for ‘The Couch’ and considering abstaining from voting altogether -the decision is yours to make. Our role is to provide information, answer questions, and facilitate meaningful dialogue.

Empowerment Through Knowledge:

Knowledge is power, brothers and sisters. There is a lot of fake and biased news out here. With this guide in hand, you’re armed with the information you need to make an informed choice. Whether you’re engaging in conversations with friends and family or casting your ballot at the polls, you’re making your voice heard and advocating for change.

Closing Thoughts:

In closing, let’s embrace this opportunity to shape the future of our city and our nation. Let’s approach the electoral process with wisdom, integrity, and a commitment to justice. Together, we can overcome any obstacle and build a brighter tomorrow for all. Thank you for joining us on this journey – let’s make history together.

With a nonpartisan lens, we compared the two men side-by-side: the policies and legacies of Donald Trump and Joe Biden. We acknowledge the nuances of their approaches to addressing the challenges faced by Black Americans. Yet, we cannot overlook the flaws and shortcomings within the Democratic Party, nor can we ignore the growing curiosity among Black Americans, particularly men, towards the Republican Party and figures like Donald Trump.

The Invisible Black KC Politicians and the Flaws of Democrats:

In our journey to compile this guide, we encountered the stark reality of the invisibility of Black Kansas City politicians. We observed the disparities in funding, messaging, and representation between Democrats and Republicans. While Republicans invest in grassroots initiatives and engage with diverse media outlets, Democrats often fall short in their outreach efforts, relying on outdated strategies and expecting unwavering support without reciprocation.

Our Commitment:

As a bi-partisan, multi-diverse, and all-inclusive team, we are committed to empowering the Black community with informed decision-making. Our dedication stems from the belief that every voice deserves to be heard, every concern deserves to be addressed, and every vote deserves to be respected.

That being said…

In the forthcoming Black Kansas City Voter’s Guide, we will offer our recommendations for the 2024 election. We recognize that our findings may challenge preconceived notions and spark dialogue. Whether through old-school print or cutting-edge digital platforms, our mission remains clear: to ensure that every single Black voter in Kansas City is equipped with the knowledge and agency to shape their future. Prepare to be informed, prepare to be engaged, and prepare for a recommendation that may just surprise you.

Together, let us chart a path toward a brighter, more equitable tomorrow.

Presented by Black Kansas City Magazine.

In the complex landscape of American society, the Black community stands at the intersection of historical struggles and contemporary challenges. From enduring legacies of racism and discrimination to ongoing disparities in healthcare, education, and economic opportunity, Black Americans face a multitude of issues that shape their lived experiences.

This comprehensive list compiles 100 of the top and most pressing concerns confronting Black communities across the United States, encompassing a diverse array of social, economic, and political factors. From systemic injustices like police brutality and mass incarceration to everyday realities such as access to affordable housing and nutritious food, these issues underscore the urgent need for collective action and advocacy. As we delve into each issue, we gain insight into the multifaceted nature of the Black American experience and the ongoing struggle for equality and justice.

Here’s a list of 100 top and most popular issues affecting Black Americans, including a few persistent challenges that have plagued us for generations -despite who we vote for:

100 Issues Facing “Black” Americans Right Now:

  • Crime rate
  • Racism
  • Redlining
  • Healthcare disparities
  • Family values
  • Police brutality
  • Economic inequality
  • Education access and quality
  • Mass incarceration
  • Voter suppression
  • Employment discrimination
  • Housing affordability
  • Environmental justice
  • Wealth gap
  • Access to nutritious food
  • Mental health stigma
  • Community policing
  • Gentrification
  • Implicit bias
  • Access to clean water
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Systemic poverty
  • Maternal mortality rates
  • Educational attainment gap
  • Lack of representation in leadership
  • Digital divide
  • Racial profiling
  • Food deserts
  • Wage stagnation
  • Student loan debt burden
  • Lack of access to capital
  • Segregated neighborhoods
  • Gun violence
  • Limited access to quality childcare
  • Disproportionate discipline in schools
  • Language barriers in healthcare
  • Lack of diverse curriculum
  • Environmental pollution
  • Discriminatory lending practices
  • Immigration policy impact
  • Police-community relations
  • Unequal access to transportation
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Limited access to affordable childcare
  • Disenfranchisement of felons
  • Lack of representation in media
  • Infant mortality rates
  • Human trafficking
  • Workplace harassment
  • Voter ID laws
  • Lack of access to reproductive healthcare
  • Youth unemployment
  • Microaggressions
  • Neighborhood safety
  • Insufficient mental health resources
  • Impact of historical trauma
  • Discrimination in healthcare
  • Lack of diversity in STEM fields
  • Limited access to quality education
  • Child welfare system biases
  • Criminalization of poverty
  • Discriminatory hiring practices
  • Youth homelessness
  • Lack of affordable housing options
  • Unemployment rates
  • LGBTQ+ discrimination
  • Disparities in access to technology
  • Inequities in the criminal justice system
  • Overrepresentation in foster care
  • Lack of access to legal representation
  • Implicit bias in hiring
  • Police militarization
  • Lack of affordable transportation options
  • Lack of diverse healthcare providers
  • Cultural competency in healthcare
  • Voter intimidation
  • Inadequate public transportation
  • Hate crimes
  • Limited access to higher education
  • Disproportionate disciplinary actions in the workplace
  • Lack of affordable healthcare options
  • Underrepresentation in clinical trials
  • Environmental degradation in communities of color
  • Lack of affordable mental healthcare
  • Insufficient investment in minority-owned businesses
  • Disparities in access to technology education
  • Limited access to healthy food options
  • Wage discrimination
  • Immigration detention conditions
  • Criminalization of homelessness
  • Disparities in access to public services
  • Discrimination in lending for small businesses
  • Lack of investment in community development
  • Gender pay gap
  • Racial disparities in access to justice
  • Limited access to early childhood education
  • Barriers to upward mobility
  • Lack of investment in infrastructure in minority neighborhoods
  • Disproportionate disciplinary actions in healthcare
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Black communities

A more nationalist or American-centric approach is also needed, so we have acknowledged this and understand that in the mosaic of American society, a diverse array of individuals navigate a multitude of challenges and opportunities that shape their daily lives. From economic fluctuations and healthcare costs to national security concerns and environmental sustainability, we “Americans” of all backgrounds contend with a broad spectrum of issues that influence our well-being and prospects for the future.

All-Inclusive Issues

This compilation highlights 25 of the most prominent and pervasive issues facing individuals across the United States, transcending barriers of race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Take notice, there are seemingly fewer issues facing all Americans, than that face Black Americans -just a sidenote.

From the macro-level impact of inflation and government spending to the micro-level implications of access to affordable housing and healthcare, these issues underscore the intricate web of interconnectedness that defines the American experience. As we explore each issue, we gain a deeper understanding of the shared struggles and aspirations that unite us as a nation of “people” over color, emphasizing the imperative for collaborative efforts to address these challenges and build a more equitable and inclusive society.

25 Issues Facing “Americans” Today:

  • Crime rates
  • Inflation
  • Government spending
  • Healthcare costs
  • Unemployment rates
  • Access to affordable housing
  • Income inequality
  • Education quality and affordability
  • Immigration policy and reform
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability
  • National security and terrorism
  • Social security and retirement planning
  • Infrastructure investment and maintenance
  • Taxation policies and rates
  • Access to clean water and sanitation
  • Opioid epidemic and substance abuse
  • Cybersecurity threats
  • Trade policies and international relations
  • Transportation infrastructure and congestion
  • Mental health awareness and support
  • Homelessness and poverty alleviation
  • Affordable childcare and family support services
  • Access to nutritious food and food security
  • Gun control and firearm regulation
  • Aging population and elder care services

Trigger Warning. Our list of 10 reasons why Blacks in Kansas City, MO, USA might consider voting for Donald Trump is coming…

In the realm of political discourse, the decision to cast one’s vote for a particular candidate is often influenced by a myriad of factors, including ideology, policy positions, and personal beliefs.

For some; actually most, black Americans, the prospect of supporting Donald Trump -and The Republicans- as the incumbent President of the United States represents an endorsement of his administration’s policies and vision for the nation.

From initiatives such as criminal justice reform and economic revitalization to commitments to law enforcement and conservative values, Trump’s platform resonates with a segment of voters who view his leadership as crucial to advancing their interests and priorities.

As we explore the reasons why some individuals advocate for a second term for President Trump, we gain insight into the diverse perspectives and motivations that shape political decision-making in America.

10 Controversial Reasons Trump Might Win -again!

  1. Criminal Justice Reform: Trump signed the First Step Act, which aims to reduce mass incarceration and provide opportunities for rehabilitation.
  2. Opportunity Zones: His administration implemented Opportunity Zones to stimulate economic development in low-income areas, potentially benefitting Black communities.
  3. Historic Low Unemployment: Under Trump’s administration, Black unemployment reached record lows before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Trump signed legislation providing long-term funding for HBCUs.
  5. Strong Economy: Pre-pandemic, Trump’s policies contributed to a robust economy, which can provide opportunities for Black entrepreneurship and employment.
  6. Support for School Choice: Trump has advocated for school choice initiatives, providing Black families with options for quality education.
  7. Criminal Justice Reform: The Trump administration launched efforts to address disparities in sentencing and to improve re-entry programs.
  8. Focus on Inner Cities: Trump has expressed a commitment to revitalizing inner cities, though the effectiveness of these efforts may vary.
  9. Support for Law Enforcement: Trump has been a vocal supporter of law enforcement, which may resonate with some Black voters concerned about crime rates.
  10. Conservative Values: Some Black voters may align with Trump’s conservative stance on issues such as abortion and religious freedom.
  11. BONUS #11. Bravado: Trump’s confidence and aggressiveness resonate with some Black voters, who may identify with his bold demeanor. This sentiment is further magnified by recent events, such as his surrender at the jail in a predominantly Black community. With ongoing trials and legal battles, some Black Americans are skeptical of law enforcement and the justice system. Trump’s ability to navigate multiple legal challenges without facing significant consequences, unlike figures such as Katt Williams, has led to a shift in credibility for some Black voters regarding the US government.

But, to be fair, here are 10 reasons why Blacks in Kansas City, MO, USA might consider voting for Joe Biden as well.

As the United States stands at a crossroads, the candidacy of Joe Biden represents a call to action for voters seeking a departure from the status quo and a path toward a seemingly more inclusive and progressive future.

With a platform centered on themes of unity, equity, and empathy, Biden presents himself as a unifying force capable of healing the divisions that have plagued the nation in recent years. From commitments to racial justice and healthcare access to pledges for economic recovery and climate action, Biden’s agenda resonates with a segment of voters who believe in his ability to enact meaningful change and restore dignity to the presidency.

In exploring the reasons why some individuals advocate for Joe Biden’s candidacy, we gain insight into the aspirations and values that animate the American electorate.

10 Reasons to Vote for Joe Biden:

  1. Commitment to Racial Justice: Biden has pledged to address systemic racism and inequality, advocating for police reform and criminal justice reform.
  2. Healthcare Access: Biden supports expanding access to healthcare through measures such as strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  3. Economic Recovery: Biden has proposed economic policies aimed at rebuilding the economy in a way that benefits all Americans, including Black communities.
  4. COVID-19 Response: Biden has promised a comprehensive plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted Black Americans.
  5. Education Equity: Biden has proposed increased funding for public education and initiatives to address racial disparities in schools.
  6. Climate Change Action: Biden has prioritized climate change initiatives, which could address environmental injustices affecting Black communities.
  7. LGBTQ+ Rights: Biden has expressed support for LGBTQ+ rights, including protections against discrimination, which may resonate with about 15% of Black voters.
  8. Immigration Reform: Biden has proposed immigration reform measures that could provide pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including many Black immigrants.
  9. Affordable Housing: Biden has proposed policies to increase affordable housing options, addressing issues of housing inequality.
  10. Unity and Healing: Biden has emphasized the need for national unity and healing, appealing to voters who seek to bridge divides and promote inclusivity.

But wait, there is more. Now, to be super-fair, here are 10 reasons why some Blacks in Kansas City, MO, USA might choose to abstain from voting altogether.

In the midst of a confusing, and contentious election cycle, the decision to abstain from voting altogether emerges as a reflection of disillusionment, apathy, fatigue, or protest against the political establishment.

For many; more than those who actually vote, the prospect of registering, and casting a ballot for either major party candidate fails to inspire confidence or enthusiasm, leading to a sense of disconnection from the electoral process.

Instead of participating in what they perceive as a flawed, rigged, and unresponsive system, these individuals choose to remain on ‘the couch,’ symbolizing a refusal to endorse either candidate, as neither fully represents their interests or values. As we explore the reasons why some Black Americans opt out of voting altogether, we confront the complexities of civic engagement and the challenges of fostering meaningful political participation in a diverse and divided society.

Reasons to Stay Home and Not Vote (a.k.a. “vote for the couch”):

  1. Lack of Representation: Some Black voters may feel disillusioned by the political system and believe that their voices are not truly represented by either candidate.
  2. Disenchantment with Politics: Many Black voters may feel disenchanted with the political process due to broken promises, corruption, and a lack of tangible change.
  3. Feeling Undecided: Some Black voters may feel undecided or apathetic towards both candidates, finding it difficult to choose between what they perceive as two imperfect options.
  4. Voter Suppression: Historical and ongoing voter suppression efforts may discourage some Black voters from participating in the electoral process.
  5. Distrust in the System: Deep-seated distrust in the political system, fueled by experiences of discrimination and marginalization, may lead some Black voters to abstain from voting.
  6. Personal Circumstances: Personal circumstances such as work schedules, caregiving responsibilities, or transportation issues may hinder some Black voters from casting their ballots.
  7. Lack of Access to Information: Some Black voters may lack access to reliable information about the candidates and their policies, leading to feelings of confusion or disinterest -which is what inspired us to create this guide.
  8. Protesting Through Non-Participation: Some Black voters may choose to protest systemic injustices and inequalities by abstaining from participating in what they perceive as a flawed system.
  9. Frustration with the Two-Party System: Discontent with the two-party system and a desire for more diverse political representation may lead some Black voters to opt out of voting altogether.
  10. Prioritizing Local Action: Instead of focusing on national elections, some Black voters may prioritize grassroots organizing and community activism as a means of enacting change at the local level.
  11. BONUS #11 Perception of Ineffectiveness: Many Blacks may feel disillusioned by a perception that their votes do not matter. Despite efforts to advocate for Black voting rights and the importance of Black votes, some individuals have faced ridicule and backlash for promoting movements like #BlackVotesMatter and #BlackLivesMatter. This negative response has led to a sense of apathy and resignation, with some questioning the impact of their vote on the political process. As a result, the belief that Black votes DO NOT matter has contributed to a reluctance among some Black voters to participate in elections at all.

Introduction to Common Ground Topics for Blacks and Whites in the US:

Never before, perhaps, have black and white Americans alike found so many unifying issues, from Beyonce’s new country hit, to blacks and whites synergizing on the massive printing of money for ‘wars’ around the world.

Surprisingly, in a nation often marked by deep divisions and polarized discourse, identifying areas of common ground between different racial and ethnic groups can serve as a powerful catalyst for unity and collaboration.

Despite historical and contemporary tensions, there exist topics on which both Black and White Americans can find agreement, reflecting shared values, concerns, and aspirations. By acknowledging and embracing these areas of convergence, we pave the way for constructive dialogue, mutual understanding, and collective action towards a more equitable and inclusive society.”

List of 25 Common Ground Topics for Blacks and Whites in the US:

  • Government spending priorities
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Economic stimulus measures
  • Infrastructure investment
  • Support for small businesses
  • Veterans’ healthcare and benefits
  • Combating opioid addiction
  • Disaster relief efforts
  • Combating human trafficking
  • Mental health awareness and support
  • Rural healthcare access
  • Education funding and reform
  • Environmental conservation efforts
  • Affordable housing initiatives
  • Rural broadband access
  • Support for military families
  • Job creation programs
  • Combating domestic violence and abuse
  • Access to affordable healthcare
  • Addressing the opioid epidemic
  • Investing in renewable energy
  • Supporting caregivers and elderly populations
  • Combating drug addiction and substance abuse
  • Expanding access to mental healthcare
  • Strengthening cybersecurity measures

These topics represent areas where both Black and White Americans may find common cause and shared interests, offering opportunities for collaboration and progress towards shared goals.

In closing…

As we wrap up this preliminary edition of the “Black KC Vote. Black Kansas City Voter’s Guide” Series, we want to express our gratitude for your engagement and support. Our commitment to addressing the pressing issues facing the Black community remains unwavering, and we pledge to continue diving deeper into these topics as we approach the election.

Stay tuned for updates and revisions to the guide, as we strive to provide you with the most relevant and up-to-date information.

Additionally, be sure to check out our upcoming podcast hosted by Kareem Jackson, with Special Guest Co-Host A.L. Johnson, with US State Senator, David Haley (Dem), and US Attorney, David Youngblood, where we’ll delve into these issues with even greater depth and insight.

Visit www.BlackKansasCityMag.com for more resources and discussions on the issues that matter most to our community.

At this point, we must acknowledge that we are still finalizing our stance, but recent leanings toward Trump reflect a recognition of the weaknesses within the Democratic Party. While the Republican Party may present challenges with diversity and inclusivity, the Democrats’ lackluster communication and marketing efforts have left us questioning their ability to effectively address our concerns. It may be easier for Blacks and other minorities to break down the doors of the party of Lincoln, a party that historically welcomed us, rather than waiting for the Democrats to find their backbone.

Nevertheless, we remain ‘Un-Decided’ when faced with the prospect of choosing between two weak options. Stay informed, stay engaged, and together, let’s pave the way for a brighter future for our community and our country.

Black Kansas City

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