Obama must not forget or take black vote for granted
The Kansas City Star
In the hours leading up to tonight’s debate on foreign affairs, President Barack Obama must not overlook, forget or take America’s black vote for granted.
The irony is African Americans for centuries have felt like foreigners in the country they helped to build, starting as slaves. Neglect from Obama could could cause many black voters to sit out this election.
Obama needs to be sensitive to that fact and address growing concerns of inequality, continuing afirmative action losses, double-digit joblessness, failing schools, safety concerns, awful inner-city housing, poor health care, high infant mortality rates, low longevity rates, inhuman incarceration rates and other issues that African Americans have.
The uncomfortable situation that Obama faces, however, is if he appeals to black voters, he risks losing whites. But he may not have an option.
A recent National Urban League report showed that the strong showing of African Americans at the polls in 2008 helped Obama secure the presidency. They came out much stronger in 2008 because of Obama than in 2004.
If voting by African Americans falls to 2004 levels, Obama can start packing and let Republican challenger Mitt Romney into the White House early to begin measuring for curtains.