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As we prepare for Black Solidarity Day (Nov. 7), the day before the General Election, remember W.E.B. Dubois said that the “color line” (racism) was the defining issue of the 20th century. We say that “reparations” is the defining human rights issue for the 21st century. Reparations are a debt owed for 339 years of legal chattel slavery in America. The cruel inhumane economic system of slavery was the foundation of the accumulation of wealth this racist, capitalist system was built on. They stole us! They worked us! They owe us! The Jews got paid reparations. The Japanese got paid reparations. It’s time for Africans to get paid reparations.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, an election will be held to determine who will be the next president of the United States of America and who will occupy your local Congressional, State Senate and State Assembly seats. We are urging you to write in “Reparations Now!” on the presidential line on the right hand side of the ballot. Here’s why.

First, your direct vote (the popular vote) doesn’t pick the president. The Electoral College picks the president. If you vote for a party’s candidate, you will be voting for the electors of that party. They, in turn, will vote for president Dec. 19, 2016, in the Senate chambers in Albany. Most people don’t know who these electors are, or how they became electors. Electoral numbers are determined by the state’s congressional districts, and the two U.S. senators. For example, New York State has 27 congressional districts and two U.S. senators, therefore New York has 29 electors. California has 55 electors, Texas has 38 electors and Florida has 29. There are a total of 538 electors. To become president, you have to win the majority of the electors (270). Electors are won by winning the popular vote in each state. Its winner takes all. Hillary Clinton is way ahead in the electoral projections, 282 to Donald Trump’s 159. Remember in the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore won the popular vote with 50,996,582 to George Bush’s 50,456,062. However, Gore lost because Bush won the electoral votes 271 to 266.

Clinton is going to win New York by a landslide and win the 29 electoral votes in New York. She is going to become the next president of the United States of America. It’s time for us to make a strong statement with our vote. The Democrats have taken our vote for granted, the Republicans have ignored our vote and some of the white left parties have used us to project diversity and to promote their parties.

The Black vote must be earned. The Black votes must be respected and protected. Our people died for our right to vote. Clinton and Trump are the worst two candidates in the history of American presidential politics. Clinton is a neo-conservative Democrat (closet Republican), whose international and domestic policies have devastated Black people worldwide and in America. Trump is a neo-fascist, racist, xenophobic, Republican idiot who is a dangerous national and international embarrassment. When voters were asked if the two candidates were “honest and trustworthy,” polls indicated for Clinton 67 percent say no and only 30 percent say yes. For Trump 64 percent say no and only 34 percent say yes. It is not the time to vote for the lesser of two evils.

Once again, Clinton is going to become the next president of the United States of America. Don’t drink the, “we gotta stop Trump” Kool-Aid. Trump is stopping himself. He is imploding. He doesn’t need your help. Never mind stopping Trump, you better start Clinton. Start Clinton thinking about “Reparations Now!” We cannot let Clinton and the Democrats continue to take the Black vote for granted. Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Trump all said “no” to supporting a study on reparations for Black people in America. They finally found something they can all agree on—saying “no” to us!

Reparations is a very serious issue for Black people in America and worldwide. A write-in vote for reparations is a powerful statement of dignity, respect, intelligence and wisdom we can make as a people. The issue of reparations should at least be studied and recommendations should be made for repairing the historic and present damage done. Send a message to Clinton on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Write in “Reparations Now!”

This vote will count! They stole us! They worked us! They owe us! Join me in a Black Solidarity Day rally Nov. 7, 2016, at the New Canaan Baptist Church at 228 Putnam Ave. between Nostrand and Bedford avenues at 7 p.m.