Bren, ALL political candidates are beggars; black, white, and other. Some, who have potential constituencies who don't have a lot to spare, ask for $12. Those who have supporters with deep pockets can ask for $25,000. What is the difference between "begging" and "asking?" Is it the amount of the request or the social position of the donor?
MLK and Malcolm X are no longer alive, and these political times are much different than the one in which they lived. Were they alive today, I'm pretty sure they would be asking for something. Given the prevalence of virtual communication and the ease with which a candidate can request funds from millions of people at the touch of a button, they'd be taking advantage of the technology rather than writing letters and gathering in polite living rooms. Civil Rights groups "begged" for money to support their cause. They just didn't have the ubiquity of online appeals.
I say this, because I proudly raise funds for Democratic candidates, black, white, and other, in "flippable" districts. Few politicians enjoy asking for money. It is an endless grind of phone calls, emails, tiring personal appearances, and "gotcha" media interviews, because these days, a Senate campaign can cost nearly $300 million dollars. (Yes, you read that right.) These black Democrats you mentioned are running for the same reason King and Malcolm X protested. They want Civil Rights and Voting Rights (could you ever have imagined that 60 years later this would still be a fight?) economic justice, a livable income, and a life with dignity free from the effects of white supremacy or a debilitating and ever-widening economic divide. Please don't demean those goals by characterizing them as "handouts and a rent break." If these candidates lose their individual races and Republicans win, then everyone will lose those rights we used to take for granted, and we will lose them more quickly than we could ever have thought.
If you can spare $12 for any or all of those candidates, then please do. Remember, one grain of sand is merely one grain of sand, but, combined in great numbers, they make a beach.
"Democrat-ic." Not "Democrat."