Have we been bamboozled? The black plight Pt.1
In 2008, 95% of the black population decided to vote for Barack Obama (Crabtree, 2011). They believed that the then-senator, when seated as president, would prioritize the rights and welfare of the black people. The black people demanded that Barack Obama should raise awareness and lobby for the rights ‘his’ people in exchange for black votes (ibid). They believed that Obama will give the black people their fair share in society, and finally abolish white supremacy.
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Eight years have passed since Obama took the presidency and improvements on the condition of the black population are yet to be seen. Statistically speaking, unemployment rate of the black population is at an all-time high (“The Obameter”, n.d).
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In addition, since Obama’s term, Hispanic and LGBT communities have made a step forward to lobbying for the needs of their community and along with their corresponding rights. The black community’s rights, however, are still left stalled (Crabtree, 2011).
In the upcoming elections, candidates can secure black votes only if they sincerely vow to fight for the rights of the black people as true citizens of America; and give recognition to the racial divide existing in the America today.The stark difference between the two parties in the upcoming elections is their perspectives about the black people and their true place in society. It is important for the black people to be considered as part of the society.
Now, the question is, will voting really help in solving the problems with black people? Will voting help improve the welfare of the black people, their rights and their corresponding needs? It may be a slow process; but black people are slowly getting recognition as people, and their achievements in society are making a big difference. Black people, most especially in sports, now dominate many areas of society. Racism still happens and that is a fact—but the newer generations are being inculcated with color neutral perspectives.