Democrats are losing their most loyal demographic: black women.
According to the 2017 Power of the Sister Vote poll, conducted by the Black Women’s Roundtable, the Democratic Party has experienced an 11 percent drop in support from black women. In 2016, roughly 85% of black women felt the Democratic Party represents them.
The poll also stated that “the percentage of black women who said neither party represents them jumped from 13 percent in 2016 to 21 percent in 2017.”
The New Republic interviewed Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), and reported her as saying that black women feel by the government is now run by racists and that things were “well” under former President Barack Obama:
“I respect independents. I understand independents. I’ve never said I’m in the Democratic Party because I like to party,” she said. “I’m in there because of values. Every generation has a different way of looking at life. Today’s young people came of age under President Barack Obama when “all was well,” so now the Democratic Party needs to “talk values” particularly to younger black women.”
Basically, according to the Congresswoman who repeatedly bumps passengers out of first class so she can be accommodated, young black women hate Trump, so they’re fleeing the Democratic Party. That makes absolutely no sense.
This is typical Democratic behavior: if anything goes wrong, blame Trump.
Black women gravitating away from the Democratic Party makes perfectly good sense. Under Obama, black unemployment soared and savings held by black families dwindled. Under former his leadership, black women experienced very little improvement in their lives.
The nation’s first black president won well over 90 percent of the black vote. Yet, from an economic perspective, he delivered rather poor results. Family incomes from 2009 to 2014 fell more for blacks than any other racial or ethnic group.
The college graduation rate of black women did not increase at the same rate as the graduation rates of white women, Latinas, or Asian American women. Under Obama, welfare programs were expanded significantly.
Many of the policies that have helped keep people from getting trapped in a cycle of poverty, such as work requirements and time limits for working-age able-bodied people collecting government assistance, were temporarily removed. This disproportionately affected black Americans, especially those in lower-income urban regions.
Author Jesse Lee Peterson spoke with Fox News in an interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight. In this interview, Peterson asserts that black Americans were hurt the most by former President Barack Obama’s destructive economic policies.
“Black Americans got worse under Barack Obama than any other time in the history of America,” Peterson told host Tucker Carlson. “If it was a race issue, why didn’t they get better [when] we had a black president?”
Peterson continued on, saying that “most black Americans are not suffering due to racism, but the destruction of the family, and the lack of moral character.
“If we dealt with the family issue and the lack of moral character, black Americans’ lives would change overnight. And they don’t want that.”
All of this offers a good explanation as to why black women are leaving the Democratic Party. But it doesn’t address why they’re not flocking to the Republican Party.
There does indeed seem to be a moral issue present when discussing why black women don’t feel that the Republican Party represents them. The Party has long been known as the Party of family values, Christian faith, and limited governmental power.
But these values aren’t what black women are searching for when choosing a political party or a candidate for whom to vote.
They are looking for someone who looks like them. In other words, there aren’t enough black women in the Republican Party to make black American women feel comfortable.
The color of someone’s skin does not dictate whether or not someone will be a good politician, teacher, firefighter, engineer, parent, etc. And just because someone looks like you, doesn’t mean they have the same values. This is identity politics. And it’s detrimental to our society.
Why don’t black women vote for which candidate or Party is most capable of leading Americans? Why not pick the Party that will accomplish the most for their communities and address issues like the demise of the black nuclear family? These are the questions that should be pushing them towards the right candidate, not skin color.