Can African-Americans Overcome the Obama Effect?

“We have to show the president we have his back.” This is the opening line of an Obama campaign radio ad airing around the country on predominantly African-American radio stations. The ad is a mixture of funk music and soul singers, all used in the effort to have a greater appeal to African-American voters.

The ad highlights common Obama campaign sound bites such as “We can’t afford to spend the next four years going backwards” and “I refuse to pay for another millionaire’s tax cut.” But has the black community become so gullible and so close-minded in politics that they will vote for a candidate based solely off of his or her skin color?

The quick answer for many may be “yes,” considering that in 2008 Obama won 96 percent of their vote, but one could expect this high of a percentage as the election of an African-American president in America was truly an historical event. But looking back four years later, the hype and historical importance of electing Mr. Obama has faded, and the results of the last four years conclude that not only has Obama failed the African-American community on economic policy, but also on social policy.

Take for instance that the black unemployment rate in September was 13.4 percent which is a 50 percent increase over the total unemployment rate of the U.S. Add in the youth unemployment at 22 percent, and 35 percent of African-Americans are out of work.

Then there is President Obama’s pro-gay marriage stance, a position that is too extreme for even the most hardened Obama supporters such as Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative, who called Obama’s stance on the issue “immoral” and “political.”

For the last four years, the African-American community has been economically devastated, and the person to blame is none other then President Obama. Somehow, through all the pain and suffering that many have had to endure because of his reckless spending, Obama will still receive upwards of 90 percent of their vote. This ad may urge fellow African-Americans to have the president’s back, but based off of four years of results Obama clearly doesn’t have theirs.

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