Mitt Romney has certainly underwhelmed the African-American community so far and Republicans haven’t gotten more than 11 percent of the black electorate in decades, so odds are President Obama will get your vote. But has he earned it?
As black houses went into foreclosure after 2008 and the black unemployment rate went through the roof (close to double that of whites), Obama’s support among blacks has stayed amazingly high. As the election approaches, his support is at nearly the same level as it was in 2008, before he took office.
Just last week President Obama expressed his support for same-sex marriage. This came on the heels of his repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of barring homosexuals from serving openly.
He has also been an advocate for the DREAM act, which provides a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who serve in the military or earn admission to college. Additionally, he has fought to reduce student loan rates and to increase Pell grants for college students.
He has addressed the needs and concerns of many, but what about the community that came out and voted for him in large numbers and at 95 percent? What has he done for African Americans?