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The numbers echo Obama’s falling fortunes among other voter groups but also show that blacks can no longer put the fact that the President is one of their own over the nation’s growing unemployment rates that hit them the harest.
Black voters used to be Obama’s strongest supporters. No longer.
Besides unemployment, black political leaders say the President is not doing enough to help their causes and African American voters express dissatisfaction with his Presidency.
“Face it, Obama’s an Oreo,” black activist Quentin Hairston told Capitol Hill Blue. “He’s black on the outside but white in th middle. The white establishment controls him just like every other President.”
Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emery University, studies African Americans.
“There is a certain amount of racial loyalty and party loyalty, but eventually that was going to have to weaken,” Gillespie told The Washington Post. “It’s understandable given the economy.”