lucius_gantt_1.jpgWhen you wake up after election night you might wonder why President Barack Obama was reelected and so many other black candidates for public office lost miserably.

Well, Obama had an inferior opponent, he had billions of dollars to spend and he was right on a few issues that drove concerned voters to the polls, you might say.
Many of the African-American political losers were not necessarily the people’s choice in the districts they sought to represent.

Some were even handpicked by enemies of black voters and black communities.

Some black candidates will blame losses on difficulties in campaign fundraising. Others ridiculously will even blame their families, friends and neighbors, claiming blacks were too lazy or too preoccupied otherwise to vote.

The Gantt Report thinks that all black candidates, including presidential candidate and incumbent Barack Obama, politically speaking, have been negatively and severely impacted by lessons learned and taught during slavery days.

Can I prove it? Yes!

Ever since the days of slavery, black people have been led to believe that they can’t do anything without the help and the blessings of the white man.

In slavery days — and in modern days — black Americans were always told directly or indirectly that blacks can’t make it without the white man, they can’t improve without the white man, they can’t progress without the white man and they can’t even live without the white man.

No disrespect, and I know you don’t like for me to write like this, but it is true. Too many African-American politicians and political candidates can’t shake their inferiority complexes.

Let me ask you some questions that you should know the answers to. Looking at the few African-American winners and the large number of losers after election day, how many black candidates hired black political consultants? How many used black printers for signs and literature? How many used black pollsters or black call centers?

And how many bought more than one ad on black-owned broadcast stations or in black-owned newspapers and other print media?

Not many, if any.

Some of the losing Negro politicians refused to even let a black restaurant cook the chicken at a catered campaign event.

I don’t know what’s going to happen in South Florida’s congressional races but what do you feel Rep. Allen West thinks about black people in America who are not brainwashed like he is?

We can vote for a hundred black candidates for president and other public offices but it won’t mean a thing if those candidates can’t or won’t address our political, governmental or community needs unless the white man gives them permission to do so.

Political titles don’t deserve respect; individuals do.

The devil can’t trick me with negative, misleading television ads and I don’t have to be in a political hurricane to tell which way the political winds are blowing.

I pray that the candidates whom you support and vote for on Election Day will support and vote for you in the days after the election.

As for me, I feel the same way about politicians as they feel about me.

They are afraid of fearless, thought-provoking, God-fearing black columnists and The Gantt Report is afraid of “Political Chucky,” spineless, heartless political puppets who love to have the devil pull their strings and hate to stand up, speak out and support black people and black political issues.

Lucius Gantt, a political consultant based in Tallahassee, is author of the book Beast Too: Dead Man Writing. He may be reached at