For many years, Democrats seemed to take the black vote for granted. The left widely assumed that areas with strong African-American populations would go blue in every election, and didn’t see the need to work very hard for those votes.
They weren’t entirely wrong. During the 2008 election, for example, a staggering 95 percent of black voters sided with Barack Obama — a fact that is not all that surprising given the demographics of that match-up.
But that was a decade ago. Since the first black president took office, the number of African-American voters siding with Democrats in presidential elections has gradually declined.
It went from 95 to 93 percent in 2012, and then again dropped to 89 percent in 2016. Without a doubt, those are still incredibly high numbers, but the decrease is a sign that the left may be slipping when it comes to connecting with black Americans.
Now, there are more indications that black culture is shifting. A number of fresh voices are beginning to question the assumption that Democrats are on their side, and realizing that conservatism can be a path forward for all races.
One of those voices is Darrell Scott, a pastor in the Cleveland area. During a meeting between President Donald Trump and inner-city urban leaders on Wednesday, Scott made a surprising statement that ought to have liberals scrambling.
“This is probably the most pro-active administration regarding urban America and the faith-based community in my lifetime,” the African-American pastor declared to the group, according to The Associated Press.
“This is probably going be … the most pro-black president that we’ve had in our lifetime,” Scott said.
Yes, that includes Barack Obama — a contrast that the inner-city community leader talked about during his remarks.
“This president (Donald Trump) actually wants to prove something to our community, our faith-based community and our ethnic community,” he explained.
“The last president didn’t feel like he had to,” Scott continued, referring to Obama. “He got a pass.”
It’s hard to argue with success, and Trump’s presidency has so far been a rousing success for minority Americans. Unemployment among both African-Americans and Hispanics is at historic lows, and there is a strong sense of optimism for the future of the country.
“When we say hire American, we mean all Americans,” Trump said during Wednesday’s meeting.
That philosophy has caught the attention of several popular black figures in addition to Scott. Among them is outspoken conservative speaker Candace Owens, who in turn inspired rap icon Kanye West to make conservative-leaning remarks.
None of these individual pieces of the puzzle mean that the left will lose its dominance of the black vote. When viewed together as part of a larger trend, however, they point to a shift in the culture — and liberals may be in for quite a surprise in the coming years.
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