CNN Asks If Obama is Taking the Black Vote For Granted
When President Obama went to bat for the LGBT community and ended DADT, and then came out for same s*x marriage, many African-Americans began wondering if other groups were getting preferential treatment from the Obama administration.
This view was further solidified among some who viewed Obama’s unilateral passage of the DREAM Act, which provides a path to citizenship for young adults who are in the U.S. illegally, as a concession to the Latino community.
Now, African-American outliers, such as Dr. Cornel West, who have been largely marginalized by the black community, aren’t the only ones asking this question.
Given that an overwhelming number of African-Americans consistently support Obama, some have openly wondered if the nation’s first African-American president is taking them for granted. And if he is, is that a risk he can afford to take.
The answer appears to be yes.
Obama won 95% of the black vote in 2008, and polls show he enjoys 87% support among black registered voters versus 5% for Republican rival Mitt Romney.
“Well, I think, he can afford to take black voters for granted,” said Fredrick Harris, a professor of political science at Columbia University and director of its Institute for Research in African-American Studies. “No other constituency gives that large a percentage of its vote to the Democratic Party,” Harris said, adding that blacks have earned a place as the Democrats’ “most loyal constituency.”
Mitt Romney’s senior adviser Tara Wall alluded to Obama taking the black vote for granted when she spoke about Romney’s appearance at the NAACP convention:
“If elected by a majority this November, President Romney will be a leader to all. Speaking to members of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization and establishing a dialogue with black voters, communicating his record of achievement and solutions for fixing a broken system of unfulfilled promises is paramount.
“Unlike President Obama, he will not take any vote for granted.”
What do you think? Are African-Americans taking a backseat to Latinos and members of the LGBT community?
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