for the first time since being selected as President. Bush acknowledges that “racism exists in America” and “pledged to improve that relationship and work with the NAACP’s new leader to achieve common goals.”
Bush goes on to say that “I consider it a tragedy that the party of Abraham Lincoln let go of its historical ties with the African-American community. For too long, my party wrote off the African-American vote, and many African-Americans wrote off the Republican Party.”
Blacks, just like everyone else, have a right to distrust Bush and the GOP.
Others expressed dismay that Bush did not offer more substantive remarks about issues such as education and the economy. The unemployment rate for blacks was 9 percent in June “” nearly twice the national jobless rate of 4.6 percent
According to AP-Ipsos polling conducted in June and July, 86 percent of blacks disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job, compared with 56 percent of whites who disapprove.
In conclusion to the polling data there are a few things the Bush administration has done to write off the black vote.
The slow response to Hurricane Katrina
The Ongoing “War on Drugs”
Dismantling Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
The Unconstitutional Invasion of Iraq
Increasing the National Debt
The Over-hyped “War on Terror”
Blacks however should distrust Democrats as well for the same reasons I listed above. One can’t just blame Republicans in the whole mess; Democrats have to bolster their fair share of responsibility too! Either way, both parties want to keep blacks on the “plantation”.