Diddy stopped by Politics Nation with Al Sharpton to discuss his founding of the Capital Prep Harlem Charter school on Sunday, September 4, calling education the key to creating change in struggling communities. But he didn’t stop short of placing some of the responsibility for facilitating progress, on politicians who are voted into office to carry out the will of the people. In the process, the 46-year-old Hip Hop mogul reflected on the current administration’s shortcomings, while encouraging Black voters to turn the page on it’s long unwavering commitment to one party and hold their vote until their issues were addressed.
“I feel like we put President Obama in the White House, and when I look back I just wanted more done for my people because that is the name of the game, it’s politics. Put somebody in office. You get in return things that you care about for your communities,” he said, before saying that while he feels the president has done a good job, his base of Black supporters were “a little shortchanged.” While Obama’s administration has pushed the envelope on such issues as universal health care, and preserved unemployment benefits and other entitlement programs in the fashion which Democrats typically have, he has steered clear of pushing to meet a so-called ‘Black agenda.’ Should Hillary Clinton get in, Diddy said, he hopes she “starts to directly talk to the black community.”
“Don’t pacify yourself, really revolutionize the game. Make them come for our vote,” said Diddy. “I honestly think that the heat has to be turned up so much that as a community we got to hold our vote. Don’t pacify yourself, really revolutionize the game. Make them come for our vote. It’s a whole different strategy but I think we need to hold our vote because I don’t believe in any of them.”