- - Sunday, January 31, 2016

A snowy day finds me finally writing about our upcoming presidential election. Seeing the debates for both parties (which I find painful to watch), I realized that I haven’t heard much that is new or that excites me. In fact, I’m not sure that much of what I’ve heard was intended for me. Yes me, a black American man. What issues and solutions were there that spoke specifically to me and the community of which I am a part?

As it turned out, hardly any candidate even mentioned black people as our news has been filled with stories about illegal immigrants, oil prices and foreign and domestic terrorists. Yet, we are still here and have needs that should be addressed. So how do we handle the inevitable elections and the candidates’ requests for our votes?

I’ve got an idea. Instead of looking over the resumes and talking points of the candidates, how about creating a platform that benefits black Americans and voting for the candidate that comes closest to it. Let’s eliminate the decision over man or woman, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative and vote for the candidate who vows to represent our interests. Won’t that be a switch? No longer would 90% of blacks vote Democratic and be taken for granted. No longer would conservative blacks vote Republican and be ignored. For once the black vote would have to be taken seriously and our concerns heard year round and not just at election time.

Now, I’m excited. Alright, where do we start?

Let’s begin with the major issues that affect blacks and in most cases other Americans. I’d say that economics, education, crime, illegal immigration and infrastructure are good places to start. There are other issues, of course, but many fall under one of the previously mentioned headings.

So I’d like to end here and begin crafting a black agenda that makes sense for other Americans as well. First up, economics.

Clyde Farris is a talk show host and author of “Etiquette for the Black Man.”

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