Looking at my rear view mirror beginning at the recession of 2008 through the end of the Obama/Biden administration of 2016. The standards by which we measure success on a middle class level had largely retracted in the black communities. Black Americans lost in almost every area which we use to measure success.
Crime rose as the poverty levels increase. Teen and unwed pregnancies also increase. While the recession was depressing to the American society it was magnified in the black communities many folds.
Based on the Obama administration’s own latest-available statistics by the most basic economic-performance metrics — with one key exception — black Americans are worse off now than when Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009.
During Obama’s tenure, the percentage of black Americans struggling below the poverty line advanced, according to the most recent Census Bureau data, from 25.8 in 2009 to 26.2 in 2014 — up 1.6 percent. Based on the Obama administration’s latest-available statistics by the most basic economic-performance metrics :
- Real median income among black households during those years, according to the Census Bureau, sank from $35,954 to $35,398 — down 1.5 percent.
- The number of black food-stamp participants exploded across that time frame from 7,393,000 to 11,699,000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports — up 58.2 percent.
- Also, from Obama’s oath of office through the fourth quarter of 2015, the percentage of black Americans who own homes foundered from 46.1 percent to 41.9 percent, according to the Census — down 9.1 percent.
- One bright spot is the unemployment rate. For black Americans, number from the Bureau of Labor Statistics slid from 12.7 percent when Obama was inaugurated to 8.8 percent last month — down 30.7 percent.
- The unemployment rate for black teenagers (ages 16 to 19) also declined over the same period, from 35.3 percent to 23.3 percent — down 34 percent.
Many black Americans gave praise to President Obama for bringing health insurance and holding violent police stations responsible for their negative behavior. Those were considered wins for the democrats, Obama’s Administration, and America .
While those were steps in the right direction, it did not offset the pain of poverty that hurt the black, communities. Many looked for Obama to be a savior resented the things unfolded and economic change eluded them.
So the question posed by Knue Daye prior to the 2016 election, was ” Do Black Votes Matter?” and the answer is yes they matter somewhat but the impact would be more significant and impacting if there is an establish agenda. Democrats in general and Obama in particular marginalize funding and resources intended for the black community by spreading it thinly across all minorities, many of which have not served this country nor suffered the levels of degradation blacks have for many centuries. It was Jesus who mentioned that it was unfair to take the bread intended for the children and give it away
There was then and is now, plenty of work to be done. Issues facing blacks include, high crime rates, drug abuse. Health issues, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity are majors. There are other concerns like the lack of quality health facilities, providers and nutrition. Discrimination and lack of opportunities in the work place along with homelessness impact our communities.
We need new leadership and expand the effective leadership that we already have. We need more strong participation “highly credentialed and qualified” from black Americans; in-order to strengthen our nation. We must take action and take a stand for what we believe in. Cooperate America would benefit from black American Leadership. They say that insanity is repeating the same things over and over again but expecting a different result. We need to vote for who can deliver, not just the usual suspects.
Yes, Black Votes Matter. Of the American minority groups Blacks still wage the largest minority voting bloc. What African Americans need is new leadership that can get their issues into a political agenda. Then, it will be clear that black votes matter.