Diddy Is Tired Of Status Quo Democratic Party Politics So He’s Launching His Own Political Party
If this election has done one thing, it has spurred big names in the hip-hop world such as Diddy to get vocal about politics.
Kanye West ran for president. Ice Cube helped the Trump administration organize its plan for Black America. Diddy, Cube and radio broadcaster Charlamagne tha God called for the Black vote to be held hostage. Snoop Dogg registered to vote for the first time. You heard Cardi B holding court with Sen. Bernie Sanders and her husband Offset consistently urging his Instagram followers to vote.
Now Diddy is going a step further and has announced the creation of a Black political Party called Our Black Party.
Diddy said in a YouTube interview with Charlamagne that the purpose of the party is to promote a Black agenda. First, he declared “we have to get Joe Biden elected” and then “we have to hold him accountable.”
Moving forward from this election, Diddy said he wants the party to organize and educate Black voters about local elections, the election of judges, and to learn how to “weaponize our vote.”
Diddy, who is registered as an independent, said his goal is to keep Trump from remaining in the White House.
After the election, Diddy said he wants to use the party to push a Black agenda and work to elect people who will do so. Noting that he’s been in the political game since 2004 when he launched “Vote or Die,” he said he feels politicians have not come through for Black people.
“I worked with the Democrats,” he said, and he claimed that once he helped politicians get elected, they did not improve conditions for the Black community.
The future is grim if Trump is re-elected, according to Diddy. “If Trump gets elected I really do believe in my heart there will be a race war.
“America messed up,” Diddy said. “I think this president has done a great job of rattling America…white men like Trump need to be banished. That way of thinking is really dangerous. This man literally threatened the lives of us and our families about going to vote…we’re in a war and we aren’t taking this like we are at war…We’re in a war of love against hate.”
According to Diddy, Black unity will help all. “White people should be afraid if he (Trump) is elected. We (Black people) are (not) standing by any more,” he said, noting violence against Black people will result in retaliatory violence. “We’re not taking this anymore,” he stressed.
When asked about his previous declaration about “holding the Black vote hostage,” he admitted that would be “irresponsible” now. However, he alluded to the idea that, after the 2020 election, that would be a strategy to ensure that the Black voices are heard.
This time, he said we “got caught with our pants down…we’re not ready to take this on…Going forth we have to be part of the narrative…It’s time for us to have our own party….We’re not part of the conversation now.”
The Our Black Party will include activists, elected officials and people from all parties. According to the party website, Diddy already has a number of notable people involved:
- Candace Hollingsworth, the mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland, as national co-chair
- Dr. Wes Bellamy, former vice-mayor and city councilor of Charlottesville, Virginia, as national co-chair
- Stephanie Morales, Portsmouth, Commonwealth attorney for Portsmouth, Virginia
“Our Black Party’s No. one goal is to unify us behind the Black agenda,” Diddy said.
Diddy tweeted an announcement about the new party on Oct. 16.
“The NUMBER ONE priority is to get Trump out of office. HE HAS TO GO. We can’t allow this man to continue to try and DIVIDE US. The people that have the most responsibility and should be SCARED TO DEATH of this man are white people. WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF A RACE WAR.”
He continued in a chain of tweets, “Things have got too serious. It would be irresponsible of me to have us hold our vote hostage. But it would also be irresponsible of me to let this moment go by and not make sure going forward we are doing what it takes to own our politics.”
He added, “We need to get Biden in and hold him accountable. Trump has taken things too far. As Black people, we aren’t even a topic of real discussion. We can no longer stand for doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. That’s insanity! It’s time we unify.”
Announcing Our Black Party, he tweeted, “So, I’m launching one of the boldest things I’ve ever launched. I’m launching a Black political party with some young Black elected officials and activists. It’s called @OurBlackParty, it doesn’t matter if you are Republican or Democrat…”
He laid out the Party’s goal, tweeting, “The mission is to create a platform to help advance a political agenda that addresses the needs of Black people. So, going forward we aren’t in the same position we are in today. Visit http://OurBlackParty.org for more info.”
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Twitter users responded.
“I think that this is something we can all work together on,” C.J. Lawrence tweeted. “I think it’s going to be important for wealthy black folk like Diddy to rely on organizers and the poor and most impacted black folks when it comes to being marginalized to develop strategy. The most impacted must lead.”
“Until we PROVE we can vote for more than one election cycle, this is useless” Bigworm @MarvinP253 replied. “Power recognize Power. We have no collateral. We have no Hammer. Show your Power and they will come to you”.
Others, like Mathew Barnes @mbarnesart, questioned the timing tweeting, “The opposite of what we need. You, Cube, and Kanye are going around holding each other’s beers.”
Ipe @ipe_612 chimed in, “This is a horrible horrible idea.. @Diddy do some homework on this. If you split the democratic vote republicans will remain in power FOREVER.”