Money in Politics A-Z

What's one thing that money in politics can buy? ACCESS. When a corporation donates heaps of money to a candidate or political party, it buys them access to that representative. Or in other words, they get a bigger piece of the dialogue pie. 

 

History proves that our government, at state and federal levels, is slow to respond to the concerns of black, indigenous, and people of color. One of the many reasons that contribute to systemic racism is big money in politics. On one hand, our government will listen to the political interests of the wealthy, further aggravating centuries of inequality which leads to political inequality. On the other hand, private prisons donate to political candidates, parties, and outside spending groups to secure their interests. The industrial prison complex has exploded since the 1970s and disproportionately affects people of color, especially black men. In many states, strict voter ID laws and felony disenfranchisement laws affect millions of potential voters. Approximately 5.85 million Americans with felony (and in several states misdemeanor) convictions cannot vote. 

The Black Lives Matter movement calls for a solution and end to the systemic racism that allows a culture of corruption to go unchecked and black lives to be taken. #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, and the demands have still not been met. Specifically, the top demand in 2020 is to defund the police. It comes as no surprise that BIPOC are less likely to be donors when our government and politicians continue to ignore our marginalized communities.

 

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