In a country that has a black president, the NAACP—a black organization—warns that blacks are being disenfranchised? There are currently more than 15 million registered black voters in America—more than ever. So much for their “disenfranchisement.”
Nevertheless, the NAACP fears that America’s black president is in jeopardy. To be fair, with chronic unemployment worse than any time since the Great Depression and Obama gunning to become the most free-spending president ever, he has not exactly channeled Jackie Robinson’s ghost when it comes to representing black “firsts.”
Obama’s dismal results prompted radio show icon Tom Joyner to beg black folks:
Let’s not even deal with the facts right now.
The facts are that Obama has lost his glow in the black community; OK, the American community.
It’s time for the NAACP to whip out the race card and accuse the Republicans of wanting to suppress the minority vote.
A similar charge was waged against the Republicans back in 2008, when America was on the precipice of electing its first half-black president the first time. As USA Today reported:
Benjamin Jealous, who took the helm of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Sept. 15, said volunteer lawyers have already been addressing complaints about voter registration problems. On Election Day, lawyers will be sent to the 750 precincts where there has been a history of voter discrimination, Jealous said at the state NAACP convention.
Note: “750 precincts where there has been a history of voter discrimination.” Translation: White areas.
It appears that the NAACP thwarted the conspiracy in time, and Obama was elected. All was good in the world. America had finally elected its seventh black president, but everybody knew this one was black.
Upon Obama’s election Democrats proclaimed that the Republican Party was dead. America had a new messiah, and there was nothing the Republicans could do. Michael Eric Dyson said that Obama brought “sexy brilliance” to the White House. Democrats said things like, “It’s good to finally get a smart president in the White House.” America was now Utopia.
That euphoria hasn’t lasted long. Obama got a shellacking in 2010 and Congress flipped. What’s amazing is that practically all the members of the Congressional Black Caucus held their seats in virtual runaway races. It was white Congressmen who lost their seats.
Shortly thereafter the CBC (almost all members in good standing with the NAACP) itself began warning Obama about his policies, particularly around jobs, or lack thereof, or something. The NAACP itself was no different, as they were critical of Obama’s ability to create jobs for the black community, and rightfully so.
Obama’s policies have been far worse for black people than Bush’s policies. Black unemployment in 2007 was just over 8%, yet under Obama unemployment in the black community has doubled. If anybody has a reason not to vote for Obama, it’s black people.
Blacks were able to turn out in record numbers and cast the decisive votes for Obama in 2008 because of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was sponsored by Everett Dirksen, a Republican. It’s a bit disingenuous for the NAACP to completely ignore this, but it’s certainly understandable when you consider the NAACP’s own voter-fraud scandals.
There was no NAACP outcry when ACORN was found to have committed voter fraud all over the country, registering dead or completely fictitious voters as reported in The Wall Street Journal.
Don’t expect the NAACP to send investigators to check out the potential discovery of fraudulent signatures on Obama’s ballot petition.
It seems the NAACP is willing to overlook some kinds of voter disenfranchisement in order to perpetrate the fraud that Republicans are disenfranchising people merely by requiring photo ID for a person to vote. Why, the nerve of some Americans wanting to make sure that dead people and fictitious people aren’t disenfranchising bona fide living citizens! Don’t they care about real democracy?
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