After his meteoric ascent to the top of the American political arena in the country’s history, we are now in the midst of witnessing one of the most stunning collapses of any man ever to hold the office of President of the United States.
Over the past few weeks we have begun to see the ultimate unraveling of support for the president, with women and youth fleeing from his side. But what is even more surprising and perhaps unimaginable to the president and his faithful media cult is that he is now also losing members of his normally deemed “untouchable” base of support—poor, inner-city black Americans.
There is little doubt, due the historic and tremendous pressure on black Americans to support the first African-American President of the United States simply because he is not a white Republican, the President will win the black vote. However, just as his strength and reputation are growing weaker every day, the same is quickly becoming true of the support from the community he claims to be the strongest advocate for—the community-organized voting bloc on Chicago’s south and west sides that many say he has long since abandoned.
In the course of an ongoing investigation into the root causes of the rising tide of violence and horrifying murder rate this year in Chicago’s most destitute neighborhoods, several video interviews I conducted with black American voters from the community-organized south and west side, reveal a community that is fed up with the status quo–the status quo that keeps these communities ridden with poverty, homelessness, unemployment, dismantled families, and, of course, skyrocketing murder rates. And residents say, “it is the black Democratic leadership implementing a liberal agenda” that is to blame for the ongoing plight in their community.
Community activist Mark Carter says, “our issues have not been met on, have not been adhered to, and it’s almost as if they are just saying even though no one has addressed your issues, just go with ‘em anyway. And we say no.”
There’s more at the link.
We have a lot of problems in our inner cities, especially in the black communities around the nation. These are chronic problems that have defied solution since before I was born. I won’t claim I know all the answers. I don’t even know what the questions are.
I’m a white guy who spent most of my life in rural/suburban areas. But even as an outsider I can make some observations.
What we’ve been doing obviously ain’t working. The current homicide rate in Chicago is about 3 murders every 2 days. As of this morning there have been 436 murders so far this year. Police claim the rate of killings is now “leveling off.”
It must be those racist Republican Tea Partiers, right? Wrong. The majority of both the victims and the killers are black. Not only that but Chicago has been controlled by the Democratic party for several generations. And Chicago controls the state capitol in Springfield.
Many of the worst inner-city areas are in cities with black Democratic mayors in solid-blue states. And yet the black communities in the blue states are no better off than black communities in the deep south.
The black community is strongly identified with the Democratic party. Polls have shown for years that black voters overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates. This is true across the country. In some states “majority-minority” districts have been created that virtually guarantee that black candidates will win elections. All of those districts are represented by Democrats.
One theory is that by acting as a solid voting bloc for the Democratic party it ensures that the Democrats will be responsive to the needs of the black community. An alternative theory is that it allows the Democrats to take the black community for granted. Either way it allows the GOP to ignore the black community because there is no incentive to seek their votes.
Here is my honest assessment as an outsider – the problems in the black community are going to have to be solved by the black community. Government can’t do it. Government can help. Government can provide schools and police. Government can prohibit discrimination.
Government can build schools and provide teachers, but it can’t give you an education. You have to earn if for yourself with hard work. Government can provide police, but it can’t make you obey the law. You have to make that choice. Government can prohibit discrimination, but you have to get out there and compete for jobs. If you fail to try, then you are trying to fail.
That’s my $.02, FWIW.