lucius_gantt_1.jpgThe Gantt Report would like to wish you a prosperous and successful New Year. I can’t say “happy” because 2012 is an election year and, in the new year, like every election year, black people will be running — for their lives.

2012 again will be a year when African Americans put everybody first and most candidates, most employers, most banks and other lenders will put us last.

In order to progress in 2012, we must do for ourselves, speak for ourselves and fight for our rights as we have grown accustomed to doing.

If we want to work in 2012, we have got to work hard to create our own jobs. Black businesses hire more African-American employees than any other businesses.

The idea that politicians and government will take care of us as long as we get out and vote is historically ridiculous and should be totally abandoned and discredited.

Yes, all Americans should vote to re-elect President Barack Obama but the president is attractive by default. People opposing

his re-election are basically clowns, crooks or womanizers.

We have to support Barack Obama but we need to support ourselves more. We have to demand political respect and flex our electoral muscle.

We have to let the president know in no uncertain terms that black Americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Every other ethnic voting block in the United States has its political desires addressed but us. Mexican Americans get immigration considerations. Cubans get travel bans lifted. Women get U.S. Supreme Court and other appointments. Jews get unlimited financial and military support for Israel.

And bankers get more than any American. America’s money-changers get to continue to steal money from depositors and a few loan recipients – few, because the average citizen can only dream about getting a loan or true mortgage refinancing.

2012 will only be a happy new year if we make it happy.

Sometimes it’s necessary to take two steps backward to take one step forward. We may need to step back into the days when we

patronized one another’s businesses, bought one another’s goods and services, cared for one another’s children and had one another’s backs, so to speak.

In 2012, let’s do what we are supposed to do. Let’s come together right now and work together for our own progress and well being.

Let’s raise our voices in 2012!

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

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