13 Dec 2005
Lana Hampton asks a question that perennially puzzles and troubles me. Why do black Americans vote overwhelmingly for the Democratic Party, the party of slavery and Southern racism and not Lincolns’ Republican party, which brought freedom? It appears illogical and one hopes it is not the same cultural syndrome we suffer politically in Africa. That is, government does little for us, even abuses us, but we long for it to get bigger and “do more”. Democrats in the USA are certainly the party for that.