For African-American voters, the fascinating study of this primary season is found in the analysis of the Democratic Party race. There has been a whisper for many years from politically savy African-Americans regarding the blind loyalty given to the Democratic Party. This whisper has now become a mass choir of discontent as they witness the historic possibility of Sen. Barack Obama pushing to win the Democratic nomination.
Their discontent has been driven by the fact that Obama represents the promise of generations of struggle and hope which may not be realized because of Hillary Clinton. African-Americans backed her and Bill in the ’90’s, but now have invested themselves in Obama emotionally, financially and politically. Her campaign will crush millions of voting African-Americans, drive them away from the Democratic party, and result in them sitting out of the November election.
This sentiment is being expressed by African-Americans daily on Black Talk Radio across the country. The Warren Ballentine Show for weeks has had some of the hottest, most passionate comments from voting African-Americans threatening to vote Republican if Clinton wins the nomination. Ballentine is a stong advocate for Obama and is strongly against Hillary and Bill in their charge to retake the presidency.
Black Elected Democrats such as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Charlie Rangel, Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Maxine Waters (and many others) are losing their standing too. Their African-American constituents perceive a disloyalty, hipocracy and panderism in the endorsement of Clinton. These same constituents have their eyes open and know about the “street money” and backroom promises brokered by these same officials.
The Democratic Party knows it’s jeopardizing their most loyal supporters. Don’t think that it was coincidental that the “Dream Ticket” suggestion was raised during the Hollywood debate on CNN. That idea will continue to be floated in the liberal media. The goal is to entice the growing African-American voting block back home that is in the Obama or bust camp. It is about the Democratic Party winning in November, not what those voters are desiring.
It is too little too late for the Dems… I (want to) believe African-American voters are FINALLY liberating their minds and vote. Now they need to get their agenda recognized by each (not either) party and leverage that power to get Real Change.