Black Entertainment Founder Robert Johnson, who became the first black American billionaire almost 20 years ago, has urged the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement to form a new third party to fight for their rights, and he places Biden in the firing line.
“Vice President Biden said to an African American, a black American host on his show, even if you think about voting for Donald Trump, you’re not black,” Johnson told Fox News. “To have that mindset, you must have the attitude that we, black Americans, we own you. We can take you for granted. … That, to me, shows you that black Americans are an appendage of a party.”
He later continued, “That’s the biggest turnoff I’ve heard from a politician in a long time.” He questions whether Biden believes African Americans should have an “equal seat at the table in the Democratic Party.”
Johnson took issue with Biden when he was questioned on the issue of reparation for black Americans. He quoted Biden as saying, “I’ll be damned if I will give any money to somebody I don’t know and didn’t do anything to.” Johnson told Fox News that says no one has taken Biden up on these comments.
“No minority group has ever achieved significant power in a two-party system when they are locked into one party and considered unreachable by the other party,” Johnson said, reported Fox News.
“I propose that an independent party formed by Black Lives Matter should echo the founding principles of the original Congressional Black Caucus members in 1971 who … said black Americans should have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interests,” Johnson said.
Washington Post-Ipsos poll result
A recent Washington Post-Ipsos poll, however, showed Biden has a massive lead over President Trump with black voters, with police brutality and racism the major issues.
Biden’s victory in South Carolina earlier this year indicated the strong black American support he enjoys.
Destruction of statues that is happening all over America is useless to help black Americans said Johnson, adding that firing professors and closing TV shows don’t help close the gap in wealth that has been around since slavery.
“Look, the people who are basically tearing down statues, trying to make a statement are basically borderline anarchists, the way I look at it. They really have no agenda other than the idea we’re going to topple a statue,” Johnson said. “It’s not going to give a kid whose parents can’t afford college money to go to college. It’s not going to close the labor gap between what white workers are paid and what black workers are paid. And it’s not going to take people off welfare or food stamps,” reported Fox News.
Johnson, a major proponent of $14 trillion in slavery reparations for black Americans, said the need for a group to solely fight for African Americans has been created, and the Democratic Party has done nothing to close the wealth gap between black and white Americans.
President Trump helping reduce black unemployment
Johnson has praise for the president, even though he himself is a Democrat who backed Hilary Clinton in the 2016 election.
“He took on one of the biggest issues facing African Americans—unemployment, and therefore lack of income and therefore the wealth gap,” said Johnson, who met Trump at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club in 2016. “He addressed that and put a lot of African Americans to work and in a way that was more historic than it’s ever been. And I applauded him.”
“It is very possible a black vote at 12 percent going one way toward Donald Trump could make Donald Trump president,” Johnson said. “That’s leverage, and black Americans ought to recognize the leverage.”
Johnson said he hasn’t decided which party he will vote for in the coming election and thinks black voters should not continue to vote in blocks for the Democrats. “To do that is absolute total cowardice,” Johnson said of those allowing that to happen. “And you’re giving in to somebody controlling your mind and controlling your vote, which is not something I will ever bow to.”