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"Barbershop Politics - Commentary by Lucius Gantt"

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The Gantt Report - If you want to do some professional political work this year, go to the barbershop!

Non-Black political consultants have convinced more than one African American seeking election to public office that the best way to reach and register Black voters is to set up tables in selected hair salons and barber shops.

How politically stupid can you be?

In bad economic times one of the first things you cut back on is hair care.

No we still want our hair colored, we still want our weaves, we still want our braids and fades but when times get hard oftentimes we try to do our hair ourselves.

If we need a cut, we go every three weeks instead of every two weeks. Some of us go a month between full cuts and just edge ourselves at home.

If politicians were serious about registering unregistered voters perhaps they should set up a table at the crack house! All junkies are going to see the dope man at least once a week. Hard core dope fiends will seek to get a hit every day.

Why not set up a registration table at the skin house? Gamblers are going to gamble if they have a lot of money or a little money. In every exploited and oppressed community youíll find poor people shooting craps, playing pitty pat and tonk or betting on domino games. There are plenty of unregistered gamblers.

Devilish consultants come up with wild voter registration and election schemes because they disrespect Black people. If ideas like barber shop voter registration were good ideas they would be doing it in Jewish high rises, Mexican and Cuban barrios and in the local malls where white kids congregate.

If politicians wanted everyone to register, voter registration would be mandatory for public school students once they reach voting age. Voter registration would be mandatory for all previously incarcerated persons once their civil rights have been restored. Voter registration would be mandatory for everyone that joins the church. Voter registration would be mandatory for all people that get government assistance and so on.

These barbershop election pranks are nothing but publicity opportunities. The majority of hair salon patrons that are not registered to vote do not want their friends and the world to know that they are not registered.

Candidates have access to registered voter lists. If your name is not on the list, youíre not registered. So why canít political parties and candidates knock on your door and hand you a voter registration application? Theyíll knock on your door to lie to you and tell you how much they care about you.

The best way to win a campaign is to identify frequent voters, influence those frequent voters and to put together a foolproof plan to deliver those frequent voters that support you to the polls.

Every ethnic group of voters in America is divided. Blacks are the only group that tends to vote in what appears to be blocks.

When there are high turnouts of voters, Blacks will always decide who wins the elections because of their block voting tendencies. Despite the power of African American voters, Black political professionals will always be considered inferior to consultants that will never even have a clue regarding how to motivate, inspire, locate and influence the masses of registered Black voters.

I guess this week it is the barbershop, next week the high paid consultants will suggest registering voters at the watermelon stand! (Gantt's new book "Beast Too: Dead Man Writing" is coming soon and will be illustrated by Lance Scurvin. Contact Lucius at

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