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?