Are Young Black Men Rejecting Obama?
Not only has Obama failed to address the sorry state of families in the black community, his policy stances actively undermine the family and leave many blacks feeling less secure. Elizabeth Flock of U.S. News & World Report details:
A new study from Washington University in St. Louis finds that under Obama, many black Americans feel less free than whites when it comes to political participation.
The study found that while the election of Obama initially boosted feelings of political empowerment among black Americans, those sentiments significantly faded in the years that followed—especially among conservative and religious blacks.
These two groups make up a large segment of the black population, with 56 percent of blacks identifying as "born again," and 39 percent of blacks as "somewhat conservative," according to the study.
The question becomes whether it matters more that your president look like you than think like you. Perhaps such a query informed the young black male vote this year.
Regardless, the reality of the Obama presidency presents an unprecedented opportunity to engage the black community and explore the roots of its political loyalty. How many cycles must pass without marked improvement in the lot of black Americans before they question the methods which their leftist patrons propose? In fact, many minorities and first-generation immigrants do question those methods and are hungry for alternatives.
In recent years, an increasing segment of the conservative community in Minnesota has recognized the need to reach outside the traditional Republican comfort zone and start a conversation with minorities and immigrants about their principles and values. The effort began within the state’s Republican Party, with the blessing and support of then chair Tony Sutton, and was led by former state representative Dan Severson.
Unrelated turmoil within the party undermined the success of that effort, and it was officially scrapped when the cost of employing the staff to support it could no longer be prioritized. Undeterred, Severson continued to develop relationships in minority and immigrant communities. His liaisons cast light upon a reality that starkly contrasts with the mainstream racial narrative. Whether talking with Somali immigrants, Hmong refugees, or multi-generational Americans of any ethnicity, Severson found a shared value of liberty and socially conservative convictions.
After integrating his outreach into a bid for the MNGOP endorsement to challenge Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, Severson has gone on to develop the Minority Liberty Alliance, a non-profit startup poised to expand engagement in minority and immigrant communities while empowering prospective leaders with the training and support necessary to drive truly progressive change. (This author serves on the board.) While it remains a newly incorporated glimmer in its organizers’ eyes, the Minority Liberty Alliance has attracted support from an impressive cross-section of diverse interests. There exists a need in these communities which has gone long unfulfilled.
For black Americans, the advent of an alternative to vampiric institutions which thrive on perpetual black poverty should be welcome news. Leftist non-profit organizations which claim to serve the black community and advocate for “progressive” change succeed only so long as their constituency continues to fail. Were blacks to meet with actual success, become better educated, deeply motivated, and increasingly wealthy, many of these left-leaning non-profits would be out of business. That truth prompts Minneapolis-based conservative activist and black commentator Don Allen to label such groups as “poverty pimps.”
Perhaps further analysis of the 2012 election results will shed a brighter light on whether young black males are tired of getting slapped around by these organizations' empty promises and false premises. In the meantime, conservative and libertarian activists must dare to venture into minority domains and present a true path to prosperity.
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