It is a normal expectation that a politician loses support when he fails to deliver on the expectations he has set. Groups of those once coveted by undelivered promises begin to shift their support. Supporters of yesterday become vocal and demand better. The once-highly popular public figure begins to wane, ebb, and eventually submits to the fallacy that is his political existence. So why then does President Obama retain such popularity among Black voters?
Hispanics have targeted the President with sharp criticisms for his failure to advance agenda items as promised. In part, Obama was elected with the Latino vote in 2008, seeing a 2 to 1 support showing over that of Senator John McCain (according to statistics from the Pew Hispanic Center.) However, his support of illegal immigrants has overshadowed the true struggles of many Latinos who once supported the President. Benefit for Hispanic Americans has hardly been flattering. Under Obama, Latino youth unemployment has skyrocketed to 28.1%; and more than 25% of Latino households are considered “food insecure.” Such alarming statistics are considered harmful within the Latino community, and sharp criticism has been accordingly levied at Obama in response.
The Black community, however, is far more forgiving of the President’s transgressions. Sixty seven percent of Blacks approve of the way Obama handled the failed gun control measure that sought to remove constitutional rights from Americans without due process. This support comes in spite of the gun control measure’s lack of impact on gun violence in America. What Obama told Americans was that he would stop white Americans with mental disorders from gunning down the innocent, but has said nothing about Black-on Black-gun violence that disproportionately affects the Black community. Yet his handling of the measure is overwhelmingly supported by those statistically most affected by the worst of gun violence in America.
A recent NPR/Robert Wood Foundation poll is even more telling of the all-but perversely blind, racially aligned support of Obama. In spite of the poll revealing that more than 50% of Blacks are fearful of losing their jobs within the next 12 months, more than half reported that their lives have gotten better since Obama has taken office. Meanwhile, Black youth unemployment teeters at 50% in urban areas; and according to the Commerce Department, 39.8% of Black households are receiving welfare benefits.
Obama’s free pass with the Black community has been at its expense, and the racial allegiance to Obama has now become the new oppressor.
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