Is Obama Losing Black Support?

Is Obama Losing Black Support?

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For the first time since President Barack Obama was elected as America’s only black commander-in-chief, I heard something unfamiliar inside the black-owned barber shop in Washington, D.C. where I get my hair cut regularly.

“I’m not voting for Obama!” said one black man, a regular customer. “Won’t do it, and I’m not afraid to say it. Black men don’t have jobs. Blacks have the highest unemployment rate in the country. This is a capitalist country, and I don’t have any capital. What is Obama doing for me?"

Silence.

The criticism of the president from the animated customer was a rare opinion inside this barber shop of Obama loyalists, but yet it underscores a prickly issue that is apparently reverberating through some parts of the black community.

With an astounding black unemployment rate of 16.8 percent, frustration – and anger –among black men is running at a fever pitch, as more black men are no longer whispering, but speaking out publicly against Obama.

But there were many inside the barber shop this week who are old school: Don’t air your dirty laundry in public, they say. Obama gets enough criticism in public from white folks, others claimed, so black people don’t need to pile on, too.

“Doesn’t the brother deserve another term to get it right?” someone asked.

“No,” said the ranting customer. “He’s had more than enough time. I’m worse off under Obama!”

The outrage towards Obama among some black men comes as a new research poll shows historic disparity in wealth between whites and minorities – and Obama is now facing plunging approval ratings among his core base: Liberal Democrats and African-Americans.

African-Americans overwhelmingly supported Obama in 2008, but today, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll, even the president’s black constituents are beginning lose confidence in Obama’s leadership.

And it’s all about jobs – or, rather, the lack of jobs.

According to the newspaper, "The Post/ABC poll found that the number of liberal Democrats who strongly support Obama’s record on jobs plunged 22 points from 53 percent last year to 31 percent. The number of African-Americans who believe the president’s actions have helped the economy has dropped from 77 percent in October to just over half of those surveyed."

For starters, Obama should specifically acknowledge – and with a strong sense of moral outrage - the 16.8 percent black unemployment rate and assign a team of economic experts to offer suggestions to resolve this unprecedented crisis.

The problem for Obama is that in some black circles, he’s losing the debate in the court of public opinion – places like barber shops across America where Obama is counting on votes in large numbers. Some of those voters are lost for now, some are lost forever.

Valerie Jarrett, the senior White House advisor, said Obama understands the frustrations of black Americans, but what the administration needs most right now are concrete ideas – not more rhetoric.

“The president encourages everyone to feel that they are a part of this discussion and the solutions we all want to see implemented to help the African-American community rebuild wealth and create jobs in America,” Jarrett recently told Essence.com.

Civil rights organizations are already gearing up for what will be a tough re-election battle for Obama. The NAACP, for example, plans a huge national initiative to boost African-American voter turnout in the 2012 elections. Ninety-two percent of blacks turned out for the 2008 presidential election, but in the 2010 mid-term election, 15 million blacks did not vote, including 3 million who were registered.

Obama has also dispatched black senior White House advisors to black communities across the country to share stories about how the administration is working to improve the quality of life for African-Americans.

The Obama administration’s goal is ambitious: To connect with one million African-Americans and host 100 events in black communities across the country throughout 2011.

Obama’s high-profile outreach may not be enough to satisfy the deep-rooted frustration among some black voters, brothers like the barber shop customer who said he’ll probably just sit out the 2012 presidential election.

“I’m tired of his speeches,” the brother said. “I just want my piece of the pie.”

I often hear the frustration in the voices of African-American men, especially those who are unemployed and hoping for a brighter day.

But here’s a question worth considering: If not Obama, then who?
 

Comments

 
Anonymous

Posted Aug 9 2011

I think Obama is doing the best he can because it is hard being president and you have all these white people against him

Anonymous

Posted Aug 9 2011

co-sign

Anonymous

Posted Aug 9 2011

This is the first article that Ihave read that spoke the partial truth of Obama, my compliments. I have beed saving articles on Obama and this man have many problems involving blacks.

1. Stimulus money, Obama need not come back to the black community unless he has,:
A verificable list of where the 3 trilllion dollars went.
2. Since he said the stimulas money was paid back, where is it? a verifiable list is appropriate.
3. I want him to show me how many white billionaires were created under his administration. how many did we have in 2008? and how many now?
4. Why did he allow the bush tax cuts too prevail, he pretended to put up a fight but all along blacks knew he was going to give to to the whites.
5. Were are my 95 year old mother's social security tax increases for the last two years. there was no inflation/ how much is the price of oll, price of used cars, food, clothes?
6. Most importantly backs will have to face the fact that Obama started the war in Libya,China revealed that Obama had used the internet to interfere in the internal affairs of Libya, ( Obama acknowledged this) and then gave the protestors guns. Then said to the world we have to protect the protestors and started bombing and killed the mans son.
7. Now there is england 600 protestors arreste to date, 200 officers injured, the press will not report what is really happening, a threaten law suit had to get this information out of them, now the protestor won't talk to the press. ((freedom of the Press) this is initally worst than Lybia, Obama sent no troups no plans, an dhad no comments.

There is much more the african american newspapers will not print, tthis will affect their sponsors 9Toyota ) because the facts will be cc to a web page, the international presses, NY times. if the african american news papers do not print then they can explain to the outside sources. Blacks want to vote for this man.

Anonymous

Posted Aug 11 2011

Obama is too busy looking to help the illegal aliens. The very same people who take jobs away from African Americans.

Anonymous

Posted Aug 11 2011

Obama is too busy trying to give amnesty to the illegal aliens to help African Americans. It doesn't matter that the economy isn't any better or that there are more black men in prison than in college.

Anonymous

Posted Aug 16 2011

Obama doesn't care about anyone but himself..He lost my vote , I won't vote for him again.

Anonymous

Posted Aug 17 2011

How black is Obama, anyway? His father died when he was young, and he grew up as part of a white family in Hawaii. Multiracial? Sure. Black? Maybe not so much. There shouldn't be too much surprise that he's been doing more for the wealthy and powerful than for Blacks.

Anonymous

Posted Aug 20 2011

Stop whining and let the man enjoy his ten-day vacation with the elite at Martha's Vineyard. He promised you change and you got it -- chump change.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 19 2011

1964 Malcolm X address to the NAACP ... wisdom and truth was spoken that day.

Blacks keep following the Democrat why?

Go to youtube: Malcolm X you chump

Anonymous

Posted Dec 18 2011

It occurs to me that the Barber Shop brother should take a look at the hundreds of years that he has been trailing the white man. He can't expect Obama to catupult him to a good life in three years.
He needs to think. Give Obama a chance.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 18 2011

The barber brother should calm down and think

Anonymous

Posted Feb 12 2012

Ron paul

Anonymous

Posted Mar 28 2012

BLACKS WILL NOT FALL FOR THE LIES NO MORE ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IT IS DISGUSTING

Anonymous

Posted May 10 2012

Answer: ANYONE!

Anonymous

Posted Jul 22 2012

I am not voting for him this time either. He went out on a linb for illegals. Well illegals are directly competing with poor blacks for low paying jobs and it makes it difficult for blacks withi education because we are not bilingual.

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