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« on: October 17, 2012, 06:15:11 PM »

Study: Black Americans Feel Less Empowered Under Obama Than They Once Did


http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/10/17/study-black-americans-feel-less-empowered-under-obama-than-they-once-did


 By Elizabeth Flock
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In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama greets people after speaking at a campaign rally for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.

Four years after Barack Obama was elected president, this is not exactly a "post-racial" America.
 
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.

[SEE: Political Cartoonists Take On President Obama]
 
From 2005 to 2011, only 45 percent of blacks said they believed the government would allow them to make a public speech, while 67 percent of whites believed they could, the study found.
 
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.
 
"First we saw the 'empowerment effect,' the boost that happens when a member of your group gets elected to an important political position," says study author James L. Gibson, a professor of government and African-American studies at Washington University. Gibson's findings are based on national surveys conducted between 2005 and 2011.
 


In 2009, the year after Obama was elected, 71 percent of blacks reported feeling as free to speak one's mind as they used to.
 
[READ: U.S. News' Comprehensive Town Hall Debate Coverage]
 
"But then perceptions of political freedom deteriorated among conservative and religious blacks," says Gibson. By 2011, the percentage of blacks who felt as free to speak their mind had dropped to 56 percent, back to pre-Obama levels. (White Americans also reported feeling less free to speak one's mind under Obama, but the decline was far less than among blacks).
 
In part, says Gibson, this can be attributed to "ideological polarization." That split may have begun when Obama dismissed Pennsylvania voters in 2008 who "cling to guns or religion." But Gibson says many conservative and religions blacks likely believed when Obama was first elected that he would protect their interests as president. "Race produces a level of trust and confidence that one is on your side," he says.
 
Over time, that confidence eroded. Gibson cites the contraception debate between the White House and some religious leaders that erupted last year. Black Americans, he notes, are traditionally conservative on social issues.
 
[READ: Obama Counters Lackluster Debate Performance with Highly-Charged Rally]
 
Another schism may have centered on gay marriage. The Democratic-leaning Coalition of African-American Pastors, for example, recently said they felt "marginalized" and "ignored" by Obama's seemingly sudden support for same-sex marriage.
 
Religious fundamentalists and conservative blacks, Gibson says, "have seen their efforts to participate in public life [under Obama] being thwarted over and over and over again."
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Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook or reach her at eflock@usnews.com.
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Obama has pissed all over the black community and has used them as a door mat for his selfish agenda.   

My bookkeeper, my assistant, are both black and obama has not done jack shit for anyone.   
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 06:20:08 PM »

Study: Black Americans Feel Less Empowered Under Obama Than They Once Did


http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/10/17/study-black-americans-feel-less-empowered-under-obama-than-they-once-did


 By Elizabeth Flock
October 17, 2012 RSS Feed Print


In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama greets people after speaking at a campaign rally for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.

Four years after Barack Obama was elected president, this is not exactly a "post-racial" America.
 
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.

[SEE: Political Cartoonists Take On President Obama]
 
From 2005 to 2011, only 45 percent of blacks said they believed the government would allow them to make a public speech, while 67 percent of whites believed they could, the study found.
 
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.
 
"First we saw the 'empowerment effect,' the boost that happens when a member of your group gets elected to an important political position," says study author James L. Gibson, a professor of government and African-American studies at Washington University. Gibson's findings are based on national surveys conducted between 2005 and 2011.
 


In 2009, the year after Obama was elected, 71 percent of blacks reported feeling as free to speak one's mind as they used to.
 
[READ: U.S. News' Comprehensive Town Hall Debate Coverage]
 
"But then perceptions of political freedom deteriorated among conservative and religious blacks," says Gibson. By 2011, the percentage of blacks who felt as free to speak their mind had dropped to 56 percent, back to pre-Obama levels. (White Americans also reported feeling less free to speak one's mind under Obama, but the decline was far less than among blacks).
 
In part, says Gibson, this can be attributed to "ideological polarization." That split may have begun when Obama dismissed Pennsylvania voters in 2008 who "cling to guns or religion." But Gibson says many conservative and religions blacks likely believed when Obama was first elected that he would protect their interests as president. "Race produces a level of trust and confidence that one is on your side," he says.
 
Over time, that confidence eroded. Gibson cites the contraception debate between the White House and some religious leaders that erupted last year. Black Americans, he notes, are traditionally conservative on social issues.
 
[READ: Obama Counters Lackluster Debate Performance with Highly-Charged Rally]
 
Another schism may have centered on gay marriage. The Democratic-leaning Coalition of African-American Pastors, for example, recently said they felt "marginalized" and "ignored" by Obama's seemingly sudden support for same-sex marriage.
 
Religious fundamentalists and conservative blacks, Gibson says, "have seen their efforts to participate in public life [under Obama] being thwarted over and over and over again."
 •Stock Market Makes Money When Congress Does Nothing, New Book Says
•PBS Election Special On Race Under Fire By Conservative Interview Subject
•Racist T-Shirt at Romney Rally Shows How Political Events Have Become Harder To Control

Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook or reach her at eflock@usnews.com.
Tags:2012 presidential election, Barack Obama









Obama has pissed all over the black community and has used them as a door mat for his selfish agenda.   

My bookkeeper, my assistant, are both black and obama has not done jack shit for anyone.   

If just a fifth of black voters were to go for Romney, Obama would get CRUSHED. Heck, the Democrats may never win another election, if that happened.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 06:25:20 PM »

My personal assistant is black as is my bookkeeper and we talk about issues all the time.   They still like obama on some level but when i explain that the three of us being in the bronx are more like each other than a guy who comes to NYC every few weeks to hang out w hedge fund owners, wall street players, hollywood types, etc while he never ever steps foot in brooklyn, the bronx, queens, staten island, etc, they are starting to known the deal. 

They see what the F is going on with the clients, the money issues, the challenges of our clients trying to keep their own businesses afloat etc.   
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