On October 20, 1956, W. E. B. DuBois wrote for The Nation on the upcoming Presidential election.
I believe that democracy has so far disappeared in the United States that no “two evils” exist. There is but one evil party with two names, and it will be elected despite all I can do or say.
Is the refusal to vote in this phony election a counsel of despair? No, it is dogged hope. It is hope that if twenty-five million voters refrain from voting in 1956 because of their own accord and not because of a sly wink from Khrushchev, this might make the American people ask how much longer this dumb farce can proceed without even a whimper of protest.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Read the Entire Essay: W.E.B. Dubois, I Won’t Vote