Black Voters Going PUMA?

Exodus: Inner City Blacks Fleeing Obama

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.

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28 Responses to Black Voters Going PUMA?

  1. tommy says:


  2. wmcb says:

    “In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us…. I have had but one answer from the beginning.

    Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! … And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! … Your interference is doing him positive injury.”

    ~ Frederick Douglass, The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro

    • wmcb says:

      One of my favorite Douglass quotes. So much that is “benevolent” and well-intended ends up doing harm.

  3. it’s a tremendous negative that goes unremarked on that one party takes you for granted and the other ignores you. Whose fault is that? It makes sense that you need to make yourself relevant to BOTH parties…..that could be a very powerful position if both parties are fighting over you.

    • leslie says:

      I cannot imagine Chicago’s black community making itself relevant in the short term. There is so much anger and violence here. And in my limited (15 yr) experience working in the communities, the people who try to make that difference here are marginalized by the political process, by their communities, and unfortunately, even by their own families.

      As to the murder rate in Chicago —- last night (Monday) it was reported the number of murders has exceeded the murders for the entire year of 2011. I’m glad they think it has “leveled off”.

    • leslie says:

      I have not heard of defections from the Democrat party here, but I took my own poll last week and out of the 15 people I asked, none was planning to vote at all this year.

      • ME says:

        As a young black woman I assume that most black Americans who are rejecting Obama will stay home, very few will vote Romney. Urban legends and conspiracies rule my community. Growing up I was taught by folklore to never purchase snapple drinks or reebok shoes because they are owned by the KKK. I was also taught that the government dumped crack and heroin in black neighborhoods to kill us. Race, race, race; we are taught to never forget history and always look for signs of racism. When the 47% video hit I knew it would be a problem and I was right. Some people here are still talking about it and they view it through the prism of race. They didn’t watch the whole video as I did and it was clear to me it was election strategy and that he was talking about a certain population of people. Able bodied people who would prefer not to work, people who don’t want jobs. I don’t like talking about race all the time so I will remain independent. I’m an American and I want the president to talk about what is good for America.

        I agree with Fredrick Douglas, do nothing with us. The government can’t help us anymore. “We” must save ourselves. We have access to public schools, public libraries, and the internet. We have equal opportunities to access the American dream.

      • r u reddy says:

        Not even for state or regional or local offices? Not even for or against ballot initiatives and/or referrenda? One can leave the “president” line blank and still vote about other things, after all.

        • leslie says:

          In Chgo, ppl know their votes aren’t very private. They tell me that their reps and aldermen “always” know how they have voted and aren’t going to risk being on the receiving end of ill will from their “rep”.

  4. driguana says:

    Excellent points. It’s also, partly, an “urban” problem, too. Not once did either candidate talk about our urban problems and put forth any kind of “urban plan”. They talked some about infrastructure, education and jobs….partially related. What makes that so interesting to me is that the one thing that the Democrats can then hold out is “welfare”… long as they give them something, then that will keep the lid on. Welfare programs are not an “urban plan”.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Never expect federal schemes to actually improve urban conditions. The law of unintended consequences forestalls that result. Enabling local governance is key, but that means turning funding decisions over to locals, too, and feds will never allow that to occur.

    • ME says:

      The government can’t replace a mother and father. Poor people of any ethnic background need strong family support. My son is participating in 3rd grade robotics. If I didn’t make sure he attended meetings he wouldn’t be a part of it.

  5. Pips says:

    Good article – except I wonder how the writer could have overlooked the ‘race baiting’ going on long before 2010! – from RCP: Perfect Storm: Race-Baiting and the 2012 Election, which concludes:

    The real story of the 2012 campaign, then, is how much support Obama has in this country given the tepid performance of the economy during his tenure in the White House.

    Pursuing a line of argumentation that posits the opposite is a tactical stance evidently designed to appeal to white guilt and the ethnic pride of people of color. That’s politics, but it comes with a potentially steep price.

    If Democrats prevail in running this kind of campaign, they are going to re-elect a president congressional Republicans will be disinclined to work with — or even trust. If Romney wins, millions of Americans will never believe his victory was legitimate.

    In the latter scenario, one part of this would be Republicans’ own fault, however. Unless it is done very carefully, cracking down on voter fraud, which states controlled by Republican legislatures and governors have been trying to do, will have the effect of curbing minority voter participation on Nov. 6.

    You’d hope there would be places the two political parties wouldn’t go to win an election. You’d hope.

  6. yttik says:

    I really believe that the line about how 98% of black people support Obama, was hyped up by the media and exaggerated. It’s incredibly difficult to get a good poll sample of a minority group with any accuracy.

    Many black folks don’t trust the government, don’t vote, or are conservatives/Republicans. Since day one there’s been this push to convince people that all black people support Obama, implying that there’s something wrong with you if you don’t. That was the whole purpose of this meme.

    For four long years we’ve been subjected to dozens of internet videos like the one showing a crazy black woman supporting Obama because he’ll give her a free phone. Needless to say, those are not accurate portrayals of an entire group of people.

  7. 49erDweet says:

    Any political party that attempted to appeal to me on the basis of my ethnicity, gender, religion or other personal factors – other than my intelligence or patriotism – is one I would flee. If they were smart, why wouldn’t anyone else?

    So that means members of the party that uses those tactics are idiots? The thing answers its own questions.

    • ME says:

      Yes that turns me off. The black vote? When you tell me that I am expected to vote a certain way then I am running in the other direction. After I do that I am going to read up on the issue myself and make up my own mind.

  8. Underwhelmed says:

    Look what happened to R when he went to a black neighbourhood. He was told to keep out, he wasn’t wanted, he had no *right* to be there. This is a group wilfully drinking social cyanide. I just hope that once next week is done, if RR are in, that one of their plans is to set up neighbourhood outreach/business groups to make things better. Because once people see things are better, attitudes can change,

    But that response? That makes it hard for me to feel any sympathy.

  9. dailypuma says:

    One or two disruptors per class is all that it takes to ruin a person’s chance at a decent education. It actually doesn’t matter if 25 of the kids want to learn, but another two are bullies who won’t shut up and instead instill fear in few others who then join them.

    Now there is a gang. Figure out how to cordone off the juvenile disruptors, not just in the classroom, but after school as well.

  10. dailypuma says:

    I think the difference in a more white suburbia is that when a disruptor is identified, the parents tend to have more to lose in terms of social standing.

  11. dailypuma says:

    Another difference, in white suburbia, mom and dad sometimes buy their sons a new car, a definite chick magnet. In poorer regions, the car has to be earned by selling drugs.

    Is one method really better than the other?

  12. John Denney says:

    What makes a country prosper? When its people prosper.
    What makes an individual prosper? Four things:

    1) Can-Do attitude – you can’t succeed unless you try.
    2) Diligence – slackers won’t prosper
    3) Continuous Learning
    4) Trustworthiness – based on love for our fellow human beings.

    These character qualities can be given to no one, only encouraged, and their opposites discouraged. They apply regardless of gender, race, or age. Leaders should exemplify them.

    The job of the government (We the People) is to protect each person’s life, liberty, and property.

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