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Does any presidential candidate “deserve” the black vote?

Julianne Malveaux | 2/23/2016, 2 p.m.
Michelle Alexander, the brilliant author of The New Jim Crow, writes in The Nation – that Hillary Clinton does not ...
Julianne Malveaux

— The challenge is that our two-party system too often fails to provide us with a satisfactory set of alternatives to the status quo. While I was disappointed with President Obama’s first term, I probably would have cut my hand off before voting for Mitt Romney. Similarly, as disappointing as Clinton’s welfare deform was, another Clinton term was far preferable to a Bob Dole presidency. We too often are faced with imperfect options, and in choosing the lesser of two evils.

Michelle Alexander addresses the flaws of the two-party system in her article, and talks about a “revolutionary movement” of people who believe that human rights and economic justice are attainable goals. There won’t be a revolutionary movement before November 7, 2016. So who deserves the Black vote? The candidate who works hardest for it. The candidate who addresses the Black community most directly and with the most relevance. The candidate who not only schedules very public meetings with Rev. Al Sharpton, but less-well covered meetings at a day care center, in a halfway house, in a hospital. The Black vote should not be something a candidate deserves. It should be something a candidate earns!

Julianne Malveaux is an author, economist and Founder of Economic Education. Purchase her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” at www.juliannemalveaux.com.