10/4/12 NAACP and the 2012 Black Vote
GOP candidate Romney spoke to the NAACP convention this summer. He didn’t back down from those topics which he knew would be unpopular with NAACP attendees. This should be reassuring to many in the conservative base who have doubted his conviction on issues of concern to them. In fact, he actually takes after his father, George Romney, who marched for civil rights among civil rights activists. It is refreshing to see someone in the political arena who doesn’t just speak for applause and actually believes in America.
President Obama refused to show up at the NAACP convention, citing a conflict in scheduling. In turn, he sent Vice President Biden for the task. He obviously isn’t concerned about the loyalty of the American black community; in fact, he completely takes their vote for granted. The unemployment rate for American blacks is 14.4 percent nationally and at 39 percent for black youth. The black community has lost a significant portion of their wealth during his administration; the number of black babies born out of wedlock is increasing dramatically while the black family continues to disintegrate rapidly. President Obama can legitimately believe that the American black community will vote for him regardless of how detrimental his policies are to their well-being, simply because he is the first American black president. This is a sad commentary on the analytical skills of an important and critical segment of our society. Hopefully at some point, organizations such as the NAACP will advocate for policies that improves the situation of their constituency rather than supporting feel-good candidates and issues.