There is an undercurrent of discontent coming from the African American community regarding President Obama's commitment and policies towards addressing the concerns of African Americans.
During an interview on Meet the Press NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous commented “The country’s back to pretty much where it was when this president started.....White people in this country are doing a bit better. Black people are doing a full point worse."
In a blog post from the Shreveport Times the writer states:
"Mr. Obama’s disparate treatment of the African American voting bloc, to be frank, disgusts me. To hear him take the positions he’s had on issues important to the gay and Latino communities, yet in the same breath, all but chastises African Americans for wanting their issues prioritized, as well, irks me to no end."
There are also those that have issues with Obama's policies on drone attacks and the military actions in Africa.
Let us take a look at how President Obama won. The chart below depicts by ethnicity, the voting pattern of the past election.
You will find more statistics at Statista
One can infer that the Democratic party should be cognizant of the people that got them into office and should ensure that they are addressing their concerns. Is it fair to assume that if Romney won the election the Republican party would be moving forward with their agenda?
I submit these questions for discussion. Is this a fair assessment? Is our president living up to the expectations of those who elected him? Should the "black agenda' be part of Obama's policy? Better yet, should the "black agenda" be part of the platform of the Democratic party?
The floor is open. Please take a moment to answer the poll and let the dialogue begin.
Ernest R. Heyward is the Founder and President of the Marketplace for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility Inc.