98% of African Americans approve of Obama's job as president, is this a racial o

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  1. Right Black profile image61
    Right Blackposted 14 years ago

    98% of African Americans approve of Obama's job as president, is this a racial or racist component?

  2. Dame Scribe profile image56
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    I am not African American but approve of President Obama since he is shaking the tree to make things happen even if change instills fear in others. Change comes from action and he is doing just that and cleaning up the horrific mess left behind.

  3. mintinfo profile image63
    mintinfoposted 14 years ago

    When you live in a racially diverse country and your race finally gets a turn at bat wouldn't you be happy? If a Chinese person became president wouldn't most Chinese be happy? Choose a race the result will be the same. Most Whites don't have to see the country that way because their race has had so many at bats that they have graduated to focusing on the reals issues of the country. In time Blacks will feel included in the game. Michelle Obama slipped up and said it "For the first time I feel truly American" and almost dropped the ball but it's true.

  4. Deidra26 profile image59
    Deidra26posted 14 years ago

    Hey...i feel insulted that you stated that most Blacks voted for Obama because he's black! You know Black people have brains too- they can determine out of all the viable candidates, which one is best to clean the mess up in this country. The election was a choice between John McCain/Sarah Palin and Barack Obama/Joe Biden- are you telling me they were the better option? I actually liked McCain earlier until he picked Sarah Palin and besides i thought maybe with his age and everything in his thinking is not what is needed for the 21st century problems. I listen to Sarah Palin and she flip flops so often that i am not even sure if she is really what she says. Besides, it was time to elect someone who was smart for a change, and Barack Obama despite his lack of experience is smart enough to get this country back together. It will take time, but i know he will 'cause he owes to everyone to see that people should be judged by their deeds rather than the color of their skin. The reason why so many African-Americans approve of the President is perhaps because they know if the country wasn't in such shambles a "Black person" would never have had a chance. By the way, the President is biracial- both black and white; does he get a chance to categorize himsefl? the last time i check Asian and White= White; but black and white = black? i could go on and on..go figure! Any minority group who've been held down for so long and finally gets a chance deserves its moment...

  5. GNelson profile image60
    GNelsonposted 14 years ago

    I think that Obama was the best candidate in the last election.  But aside from that, I can easily understand why African Americans would vote for him.  They have come a long way and so has America.

  6. SOBF profile image60
    SOBFposted 14 years ago

    Who is John Galt...Lets do the math, since I am sure you have not considered several facts in drawing your conclusion. Ninety eight percent of black voters cast their ballots for Al Gore. Blacks also had a record turnout in the Presidential elections that year. How do you explain that, is there something about Gore that I wasn't told?

    To address the question asked by Right Black - If we take into consideration that Obama still maintains a relatively high approval rating amongst all people of color in the US, wouldn't the most appropriate question be if there was a racial aspect to the declining support by white male voters since they are driving the rating decline.

  7. tobey100 profile image60
    tobey100posted 14 years ago

    Logically, if Obama's ratings are fastly approaching the cellar yet 98% of African-Americans still approve of him, you have to answer yes whether you want to or not.

  8. Cosmic_Funk profile image59
    Cosmic_Funkposted 14 years ago

    Firstly this is a really good question, and something which can be discussed for hours!

    I think there is two components to this question. Firstly I think it reflects the current under-representation of ethnic minorities in Politics. When you someone from an ethnic background progresses to such a position where they can lead a country, especially with politics in the biggest western powers (U.S.A and UK) being dominated by the white middle class, it is a big deal for the people of that ethnicity. It gives hope and does show the small steps globalisation is making. So I think the African/Americans are probably voting more for progress than politics. Is this a racial or racist component? Not at all. Racism is when your maliciously discriminating someone  because of their race. African/Americans did not vote for Obama because they are discriminating against whites, but because they saw progress.

    I am an Indian man living in the UK, and have been all my life. If there was someone from an Indian background who ran for Prime Minister would I vote for them? Yes. Not because I am a racist, it's because I believe in progress.

  9. Danny Decay profile image65
    Danny Decayposted 14 years ago

    Well I don't know, every time a Caucasian was "re-elected", whites didn't throw flamboyant parties and flood the streets to celebrate a victory over "lesser beings", that was not the issue. It's just what the country is used to, and now that a "minority" is at the helm, legions of a people that believe they hold a lower stance in this county (even with the advent of race-based scholarships, that exclude whites) think that it is a step up in some type of unofficial "war" against another race. Anyone that DID vote for Obama based on his race alarms me and does not represent what any logical person would refer to as a "competent voter", and should have such a privilage revoked.

    I of course not buying any stock in that "lesser of two evils" garbage did not vote at all this election. Give me a choice or prepare for unrest.

  10. Springboard profile image83
    Springboardposted 14 years ago

    I'm not certain if that statistic is exactly correct, but I do believe it is safe to say that the content of the assertion is dead-on, however that dismays me. But I would also comfortably argue that it dismays me as much if anyone white were to vote for or to support a president based on factors other than their platform, their credentials, or for their potential to be effective in governing.

    What it really boils down to is this; if you are black and you vote for Obama only because he is black that is wrong. If you are white and you do not vote for Obama only because he is black that is wrong. If you are a democrat and you vote for Obama only because he is a democrat that is wrong. If you are a republican and you do not vote for Obama only because he is a democrat that is wrong.

    It's a double-edged sword. People vote for a candidate all the time for the wrong reasons. But it's not just a race thing, though in this case it inarguably was and is in the support mechanism by blacks for a black president.

    You can't change the way society elects its officials. But you can do your part as a responsible and informed American to do what right—and have hope that the majority of the people still vote as you do. For the sum of one's parts, not their affiliations or certainly not the color of their skin.

  11. Haleh profile image61
    Halehposted 14 years ago


    Before I answer this question, I need to express that Danny Decay is clearly a frustrated WASP.  Last time I checked, voting was an American RIGHT, not privilege.  His answer reeks of a child throwing a fit because he didn't get his way.  If we are going to start revoking voting RIGHTS, then can we please start with every moron who voted for BUSH in 2004?  I'll let 2000 slide because everyone is capable of making a mistake.  But 2004 was just a clear demonstration of degeneration mixed with hatred, fear, and insecurity.  Moving on....

    The AA approval rate of the president is NOT a racial component...it's a status one that clearly demonstrates the pride of the AA race.

    50% of AA in the USA are incarcerated.  And if you'll allow me to refer you to President Obama's Father's Day speech, majority of those who are not incarcerated are living below a 'middle-class' socio-economic status. 

    Here we have an AA who is president, (I'm still confused as to why he's only referred to as AA when he is clearly 50% black and 50% white - makes just as much sense to refer to him as WHITE), highly educated, financially successful, law abiding, posesses and demonstrates moral leadership.  What is wrong with the AA race being proud of this man?  He does not represent the current norm.  Hopefully, he represents the future majority of the AA race. 

    I implore all AA to approve of Presiden Obama.  Put him on a pedestal and make him the AA 'poster boy'.  Here is the key...do not do so unconditionally and solely because he is AA.  Should the President falter in an unacceptable manner, then the AA race should judge and critique him on this.  If they don't, then it's only fair to say the AA opinion is only based on race.  And this will, without a doubt, tarnish the credibility of the AA race.

    Thanks for the question!

  12. progressiveWiccan profile image59
    progressiveWiccanposted 14 years ago


  13. JON EWALL profile image59
    JON EWALLposted 14 years ago

    Dear Dame Scribe

    The mess that Obama refers to should be clarified when he speaks about the last eight years.The facts are that Barack Obama and the congress controlled by the democratic majority starting in January of 2007 needs to accept their share of the blame for the nations problems of today.
    When the democrats took over in 2007 unemployment was 4.6%,a barrel of oil was $45.00 and the treasury had record income still even with the wars going on.

    After one year in office president Obama ,with the help of the democratic majority ,has been in control of the economy, the nation has lost 1.7 million jobs.
    Obama pushed thru the tarp funding $787 billion with the promise that unemployment would not go above 8 %. Unemployment is 10.5% and realistically it is 17% . Only 3o% of the tarp money has been spent, on shovel ready jobs.Unemployment in government jobs is only 3% and since Obama took office,the government has grown .

    The question is where and when will the people get jobs.
    This coming week on Saturday  January 22,2010 , Fox Cable will sponsor a program public forum comprised of black Americans and moderated by Mr. Glen Beck. The answers to the main question of this hub will surely be discussed. I suggest you take time to be better informed as to the facts.

  14. JOE BARNETT profile image60
    JOE BARNETTposted 14 years ago

    i think that what is rascist is the fact that white people have "always" voted white. what is that? also if you want white people to vote a certain way then show how minorities or "a"minority may benefit(willie horton) and that is enough to sway an election away from that non white group or person. black people have a keen sense for  truth and obama's heart is clearly in the right place. we don't get caught up in negative hype,because we can see that thats all it is and only rascists wouldn't see or wouldn't want to see that.

  15. briannacc22 profile image58
    briannacc22posted 14 years ago

    I think that alot of people voted for Obama simply because of his race but didn't really consider his political views before they made their choice. personally i am not racist and don't care if we have a polka dot president as long as he or she does his job and does it well. And as far as i am concerned this is not the case. I think the reason so many people have changed their minds about Obama is because his motives and goals have changed since he was elected, and people are not happy. to late now...

  16. commisioner profile image59
    commisionerposted 14 years ago

    i really believe it is not a racial thing. i don't know where you got your numbers, but it differs here. hard working people and proud people in my area no matter what color do not like the man's job or platform. they hate the liberal agenda of distributing the wealth. that only benefits the people who don't like hard work or just can't seem to get groceries and booze. those like me who has enough, sets priorities, and does not waste money on things i can't afford. i know my budget and stick to it. by the way, we made 7500 last year and still were able to buy a home.
    the people i see that approve of obama's  strategy are the ones who, whether they work or not, are waiting for their mortgage to be paid or at least caught up by him and his cronies. the ones who hate the very wealthy just because they are. the people who see the rich and successful as evil people who got rich from anothers labors. well the rich do make money from someone elses labor. it's called having a company who can afford to hire people so they can have a decent life. i have worked for many rich individuals and large corporations. i was always glad to have a job. i will not take a handout from anyone and especially from the feds. i have what i have through hard work and sacrifice. as far as i can see, lazy likes him, proud does not.

  17. lovelypaper profile image58
    lovelypaperposted 14 years ago

    Wow. This is definately a hot topic! I think the majority of black people may have felt compelled and proud to vote for Obama just based on the fact that he's black and that's just stupid. I always vote according to how qualified I think a candidate is. I'm sure there are many African American Obama voters who are now regretting their decisions to vote for him. There are many intelligent, thinking white, black, asian, hispanic etc. voters in America who do the right thing and vote from their intellect not for their race.

  18. Ralph Deeds profile image65
    Ralph Deedsposted 14 years ago

    It would be silly to say that Obama's race didn't influence some African-Americans to vote for him. My uncle Ed Murphy was a rock-ribbed Republican who was also a Catholic graduate of Holy Cross. He admitted to me that he voted for JFK for president in 1960 which was the only time he ever voted for a Democrat. So, it's undeniable that race and religion do influence voters. However, as SOBF and others have pointed out, nearly as high a percentage of blacks vote for Democratic candidates in every election out of their belief that the Democrats have been much more supportive of legislation which benefits them than have GOP candidates. This is certainly true of President Obama, and that's the main reason for their strong support. It's noteworthy as well that African Americans, with few exceptions, ( moderate Republican Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts) have not supported black Republican candidates (e.g. Alan Keyes). They have little difficulty knowing an Uncle Tom when they see one.

  19. Wealthmadehealthy profile image61
    Wealthmadehealthyposted 14 years ago

    If these stats are correct, which I am sure they are not given the severe economic downturn since he was elected...they would only be correct as to race.   
    The lack of proficiency which has occurred and the tremendous loss of jobs should speak what I am not able.   
    The recent polls show his status as almost down to 50% due to what has happened.   Look how many people are out of work...Almost 50% of the Americans, whether they be black or white have lost their jobs due to buffonery in the white house.....Our nations borders have been opened to criminals......the nations debt is soaring due to the continual printing of money, our dollar value is almost nonexistent.   
    I do not think this is a racial thing here, I think it is a lack of attentiveness to the job being performed in the white house.  If it were a president of a different color who performed in the same way, there would be no less of an outcry by the people than there already is.   Senseless treaties, alliances with communist government......need I go on???? 
    Slavery of the American People, whether black or white is upon the horizon, so I would suggest someone relook at the stats presented in the question, for I believe they have changed  since this question has been posted.

  20. danielthorne profile image39
    danielthorneposted 14 years ago

    absolutlely...that's the per cent that voted mostly on skin color...and cannot see beyond that...

  21. royalblkrose profile image60
    royalblkroseposted 14 years ago

    yes. I feel that the AA approval of the POTUS (president of the united states) is like protecting 'rayray' the local crack dealer, because he's a relative.

  22. vrajavala profile image60
    vrajavalaposted 14 years ago

    Very subjective, I'm afraid. They take any criticism of him personally. I wish they had a more competent representative.

  23. someonewhoknows profile image71
    someonewhoknowsposted 14 years ago

    I personally would rather have Obama as president than McCain.I voted for Obama,but I liked Ron Paul's honesty more than Obama's honesty.I would have voted Ron Paul rather than McCain also.
    Some people would say -You should have voted for Ron Paul if you truely believed in him.My answer to that is I know that he was not being covered honestly by the press.Acually both main parties Ingored him.So,Ron Paul simply didn't have the required support from the media to be able to get his message across in time for the presidential vote.Plus the fact that he is getting up in age,and I didn't know much about who he would have picked to be vice president.

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