Back in June of last year, I made a post about Cubans in Florida where I sang their praises and contrasted (1) their effective use of tactics designed to build and use political power with (2) the African American inability to do likewise, although African Americans have the strength in numbers and distribution throughout the country. A response to the post was recently given that deserves mention:
While I agree with your major contentions about the Democratic Party and Black Americans, I believe the strategy that best empowers Black Americans politically is one when at all times at least 50% of Blacks should remain flexibility and remain poised to vote neutrally selecting the best in dividual candidate, while the remainder would continue to vote according to strict party loyalty with half (25%) voting strictly for either the Republican or Democratic slate of candidates. This is not a novel concept; many White and other citizens typically vote in that manner.
Second Point: I think it horrible that American citizens applaud the death of anyone - Castro included. When I was attending Harvard Business School, a son of Cuban exiles who are now domiciled in NYC, once told me that while Castro and the Cuban revolution were unfavorable for many upper-Middle class people including his parents and grandparents, he admitted that the average Cubans -especially Blacks - were and are much better off under Castro than Batista. He noted the many imperfections of the Cuban revolution, but acknowledged how U. S. relations and boycotts under-minded effectiveness of the Cuban revolution.
The issue in Cuba with their black population -- I'm sensitive to that and clearly there has been undeniable progress and advancement in that population sector. But this "progress" is also the case all over the Americas, including in the United States.
As for applauding the death of Castro -- are you insinuating you didn't applaud the death of Saddam Hussein? Of Ted Bundy? I don't have a problem with the death penalty and I certainly won't mourn the passing of Fidel Castro.
Finally, about the 50% strategy for African Americans with respect to politics. Here's what I see as the obvious flaw with your approach: that strategy assures us of only nominal advancement. Better than the present, to be sure, but still selling ourselves short. We need active, knowledgeable, committed African Americans in both parties. That protects us the best. Think about it -- one reason the Cubans have succeeded so well has to do with them selecting the "correct" party, the one that was ascendent. If you put all your eggs in one basket, you better be right. They were, we weren't.