Why do black folk tend to be Democrats?

It’s old news that the party black people overwhelmingly support today didn’t support the civil rights movement and it was actually the Republicans fighting for blacks to be treated “equally.” This fact has many people asking what happened to make black people switch their loyalty from the Republicans to Democrats.

Helllllllooooooooo–how about 150 years happened!

A lot has changed since the Republican’s gave the majority of black people a huge incentive to vote for them. So once and for all, let’s leave that line of argument aside when we look at which party black people should vote for. Let us instead as people living in the 21st century, with so much information available we often feel overwhelmed, find a more advanced and policy driven reasons for voting for any party .

In the second episode of The Street Report, I spoke to people in Brooklyn and asked them why black people naturally gravitate towards supporting the Democrats.

Check it out here and let me know if you think black people have a good reason to be Democrats.

These are mostly the same people I spoke to in the first episode (kill 2 birds with one stone and all that)! By their answers, it seems the black electorate are both ignorant and stupid. And of course Obama being black has sealed the deal. I disagree (particularly with the latter).

68% of first time votes (according to exit polls) voted for Obama. Surely his skin colour isn’t wholly responsible? Most black voters have had no qualms with voting for someone white to be President. On the national level, Democrats typically get around 90% of the black vote, even when a black man isn’t running for president as a Democrat. Al Gore got 92% of the black vote in 2000 and John Kerry got 88% in 2004.

Surely there’s a logical and more acceptable reason why most of the black electorate are Democrats?

Michael Steele, the first African-American chairman of the GOP, told 200 black students last year that they had no reason to vote for the Republicans! See excerpt below:

“You really don’t have a reason to, to be honest — we haven’t done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True,” Michael Steele told DePaul University students.

“We have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans,” Steele said. “This party was co-founded by blacks, among them Frederick Douglass. The Republican Party had a hand in forming the NAACP, and yet we have mistreated that relationship. People don’t walk away from parties, Their parties walk away from them.

“For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, ‘Bubba’ went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton.”

I agree with this Republican.

The short of the long is: Black people overwhelmingly support the Democrats because the Republicans don’t give black people a reason to vote any differently.

What do you think?


6 responses to “Why do black folk tend to be Democrats?

  1. Great post! I think most black people support the democrats because the 2 men responsible for passing the civil rights act (JFK and Johnson) were both democrats. The republicans did end slavery under Lincoln but even he said blacks should be free but not have equal rights to whites…
    But I agree, look at policies, not who you SHOULD vote for… Obama springs to mind!

    • Thanks Ekat. You raised great points. It makes no sense that people bang on about the Democrat’s political standing during the civil war when both JFK and Johnson pushed for REAL equality unlike the Republicans….(LBJ wasn’t a very nice man though. I remember a song my history teacher told me about, “hey, hey LBJ! How many kids have you killed today?!”)

  2. Great Post.
    Today republicans represent the conservative right wing..
    Have you heard their arguments and ideas? Most black folks are typically left wing socialist thinkers – well for me and mine.

    Think about the revolution of the 60’s. The Black Panther Party guys and folks of civil rights. They had strong influences among the masses then. Also the word itself Democrat – Democracy, a free one, which black folks have been fighting for forever.

    Being from the south – i grew up to hate the republican party. Thank god for New York the most democratic state I’ve ever been a part of/second to the Atl.

    Yay for Blacks and YAY for the Revolution!!

    • Thanks lady Thompson. I love that you write from your heart (the yays)! You’ll have a really clear understanding being from the South how much the Republicans alienate the black electorate. They’re not going to get black votes until their policies affect the black masses. Thankfully, we’re smarter than voting for just anybody.

  3. The article should have read ‘Why do black guys tend to vote labour?’ you’ve been fully Americanised you need 50cc’s of earl grey tea stat :-p hehee, on the real side very interesting article I think at the root of it, its what the left and right represents the left the have nots and the right the have some, I know a few black folk who have money and seem to be more than comfortable voting the right in power, I guess there a better bet to support policies which will come you rich. Just a thought anyways 🙂

    • LOL! You’re my hero for copying this over from facebook! You are right in saying that the post could have been titled, “Why do black guys tend to vote labour?” All boils down to policies and who they help as you said, “the haves and have not.” I will God willing always be a semi-champagne-socialist. I hope I will always care about those that are struggling regardless of how much money I have.

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