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Martin Davis: African-Americans Must Vote

By    |   Monday, 03 November 2014 11:55 AM

African-American community organizer Martin Davis says the single most important thing that blacks in America can do is vote.

"They have to go to the polls," Davis told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Monday.

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"I either make people of color obligated to go to the polls for everything that our ancestors went through when they were beaten and killed, and then I also use anger when I tell them about how the Republicans are suppressing our votes even as we speak today with state ID laws and reducing the amount of early voting and 'Souls to the Polls' on Sunday, they discontinued that, so I anger people into voting," he explained.

"Also, I tell them this is the only day that you have the same power as a Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers or even Donald Trump," he said. "They get one vote, you get one vote."

"Do not let anyone take away that right for you to cast your ballot," he added.

Davis is the author of "Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Challenge," which was released in July, in which he challenges the black community to take action to improve its place in American society.

The community organizer says that he uses both fear and hope to "motivate" the black community to vote.

"If you don't vote, then you have no say and no power," he explained.

"When it comes to politicians giving out resources for your community, you don't count," he said.

"I'm motivating them to get their piece of the pie," he contends. "As I say in my book, if black people want their piece of the pie, we have to practice PIE — our political power, intellectual power and economic power."

"You have to do all those things," he added. "I don't call it fear mongering at all. I call it utilizing your American right to vote and we should all do it."

According to Davis, history will view President Barack Obama as one of the greatest presidents.

"We have to understand that any time you're the first black anything, whether it was Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball or Barack Obama being the first African-American president, he's going to run into obstacles, resentment and hatred that no one else will run into once his presidency is over," he told Newsmax.

"He's experiencing that right now, and 50 years from now, it'll show that he was probably one of the best presidents we've ever had, just like they celebrate Jackie Robinson years later," he said.

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