For a number of years, black Americans have helped elect many Democrats to federal offices and the White House, but I’ve never understood why.
It was the Republican Party that ended slavery. It was the Republican Party that gave freed black slaves citizenship and the right to vote. It was the Republican Party that worked to end segregation.
It was the Democratic Party that ripped America apart and fought for the right to enslave black people. It was the Democratic Party that opposed giving blacks citizenship and the right to vote. It was the Democratic Party that worked to keep segregation.
So why do so many black Americans vote for Democrats?
In 2008, it was black Americans who were largely responsible for electing Barack Obama, claiming he was America’s first black president, even though Obama claimed to be half white. It was ironic and typical that during his 2008 campaign, Obama claimed his campaign had nothing to do with race and yet once elected, he made it known it was all about race.
During his 2008, Obama promised to work to make things better for black Americans. He promised to help them get more jobs and lower the black unemployment rate. Obama promised to help reduce black poverty and crime among black Americans.
During Obama’s first term in office, black unemployment rose. More black Americans joined the ranks of poverty and the crime rates in many black neighborhoods got worse, and yet, the majority of black American voters helped to re-elect Obama in 2012. Again, his re-election was based more on the color of his skin than what he did for black Americans.
During Obama’s second term in office, conditions for millions of black Americans never improved, despite the promises that Obama continued to make to them.
During his 2016 campaign, Donald Trump promised to create more jobs for all Americans, including black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and women. He promised to put more money in paychecks and to help many get out of poverty.
In the three years that Trump has been in office, unemployment for black Americans, as well as for Hispanics and women, are at record lows. More black Americans are working and they are bringing home more of their paychecks than they have under the Democrats. This is also helping many black Americans and Hispanics to climb out of poverty and begin to provide for themselves and their families.
Obama NEVER kept his promise to black Americans, Hispanic Americans or women and yet they continued to vote for him.
Trump HAS kept his promise to black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and women. The question is, will they reward Trump for doing what Obama and Democrats refused to do? If so, then black Americans, Hispanic Americans and women voters could and should play a key role in re-electing President Donald Trump.
If they don’t, they’ll find out too that everything Trump has done to help them will quickly disappear and they’ll see their unemployment and poverty level figures begin to climb as they did under Obama.