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Thread: Perhaps naively, I was stunned by the recent graphic showing that a majority of white voters hadn't cast their ballots for the Democratic presidential candidate in a single election since at least 1976.
Put another way, a majority of white voters have voted for the Republican candidate in every presidential election over the last 40 years. When Democrats have won, it's the Black vote that put them over the top each and every time.
So I went to the data set used to produce that graphic and looked at how Black voters cast their ballots over that same time period. (My graphic isn't as user-friendly as the earlier one, sorry.) Black voters have been overwhelmingly loyal to the Democratic Party.
That's not news. But the numbers were a surprise. Did you know that the biggest Black turnout for a Republican came in 1976 when 17 percent of Black voters went for Gerald Ford and "just" 83 percent took a chance on Jimmy Carter? I hadn't.
This party loyalty is all the more stunning when you consider the meager policy benefits that Democratic Administrations have returned to the Black community. But this voting pattern may be about to change. Many Black voices are calling on Democratic candidates to spell out...
...specific and meaningful policies they support to address the needs specific to the Black community. No, they're not going to vote for Donald Trump. But if serious Democratic proposals aren't forthcoming, many Black voters may show up on election day, but only vote down ticket.
Democratic candidates should take this seriously and actually earn the Black vote for a change.
Or put another way; a meme from Black Twitter in an #ADOS discussion of #reparations:
A pioneering Black journo-friend pointed out that it sounds like I'm saying (his words) that "blacks mindlessly follow the democrats." Here's my rewrite: "Despite this support, Democratic Administrations have not adequately addressed longstanding issues in the Black community."
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