by Trey Coleman
I’ve read several articles that asked the question: “What has Obama done for black people?” Since Obama received over 92% of the black vote in both elections, you would think he would do more for his black constituency. The president campaigned on immigration reform, “don’t ask don’t tell,” and came out in support of gay marriage. This shows that he courted the Hispanic and gay communities. In my opinion, the reason he backed these important campaign promises is because without the Latino and gay vote, he would not have won the election. I ask, what did he promise blacks during his campaigns?
Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said about the issue, “I can certainly tell you that from a practical, political standpoint, [President Obama] probably could afford to take it for granted because once again, he’s going to get well over 90% of the African-American vote.”
So why did he take the black vote for granted? Because the African-American voter did not come with an agenda. You gave your vote without asking for anything in return. Blacks will continue to be taken for granted by the Democratic party if we continue voting at a disproportionate number and not putting forth an agenda. Every community has an agenda and they’re courted by politicians. Mtume from The Open Line has said about the matter, “There is one thing to be committed, but blind support is different.” Blacks are looking for help from the president and he (along with many other democrats) does nothing for you — yet, you continue to give blind support. You can’t blame the president for not helping the black community when he was given blind support without being accountable to his black constituency.
From what some family and friends have told me, blacks vote democratic because most feel like they are the lesser of the two evils. We need to get out of that way of thinking. I am not a Republican because I think they like me. I can care less about that. As long as I can provide a lifestyle for my family and help uplift mankind, it doesn’t matter who likes me.
I’m in no way condemning the president, just pointing out that he has not done enough for blacks and will not until blacks present an agenda. GLADD and the Hispanic community presented an agenda. The president knew that if he didn’t come out in support of gay marriage and if he did not show that he supports immigration reform in this country, he would not have their votes. What’s the black agenda?
The president has two years to make an impact on his legacy. After that, he becomes a lame duck president. He has to do more than just meeting with certain black leaders who will not challenge him on policies. When he leaves office and the condition of blacks in this country hasn’t changed, what will you say then? Blacks should be affiliated with both political parties and began challenging both parties to address the conditions of the black community.
We must begin talking about this issue and stop attacking each other for having different views. We can passionately disagree without being disrespectful.
My name is Trey Coleman. I’m blogging to give some insight on politics, music and entertainment. I’m a Republican and I believe in a capitalistic society. Check out my website Treystruth.com.