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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:46 AM
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Black Voters’ Support for Obama Is Steady and Strong
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Abdul Malik seems the prototype of a disenchanted Barack Obama voter.

Mr. Malik, 48, lost his job as a grading and landscape worker a year and a half ago, another victim of the housing bust. Since then, he has been searching for something, anything, to help make ends meet.

Yet, Mr. Malik, who is black, says he has every intention of again voting for President Obama next year. So does Bobby Hart, 46, a former construction worker here. And Dorothy Artis of Greensboro, N.C., who is looking for a job to help support her grandchildren while her daughter is deployed in Kuwait. And Larry Bennett, who worked for 27 years at Cooper Industries before he lost his job when his division moved out of state.

“I don’t blame Obama,” said Mr. Malik, who had never voted before 2008. “I don’t blame him at all.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/us/politics/obamas-su...
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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:04 AM
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1. RW columnists - including the handful of African American ones - have been pulling out all the stops
in attempting to convince people that Barack Obama is either losing AA support or else unworthy of it. They're on a fool's errand.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:09 AM
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2. I just posted this
. . . and got told by a poster that blacks where he lives don't believe the President is 'one of them'. Highly offensive, for one, nonfactual for another . .
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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:17 AM
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3. Was he appointed spokesperson for the AA community?
Whatever the hell that is? I don't know where some people get their powers of perception :eyes:
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:26 AM
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4. I'm certain
. . . most don't think these things all the way through. I see the notion that most blacks are supporting the President just because he's black as offensive as it's nonfactual. We're certainly not one-dimensional. We can distinguish between the President and Herman Cain, for instance.
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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:39 AM
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5. Repukes see blacks as a monolithic bloc
I don't know whether prejudice, ignorance or apathy plays the major role, but it assures that they remain clueless and ineffective where relations with African Americans are concerned.
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:41 AM
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6. I am black and I am female, if that helps.
:shrug:

And just like the fellow in Greensboro, NC believes the way he does, other people will have other opinions.

It all depends on who you ask and what their life situation is.
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