The Real Reason Black Voters Will Abandon Obama

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Allen West offers some characteristically sober thoughts on Obama and black voters:


Some African Americans will think twice about voting for President Obama in November after he declared his support for gay marriage, according to Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida. 

"I think it's going to cause an incredible discussion in the black community, because, as you know, on Sundays in the black community the most conservative people in America are in those black churches," West told ABC News on Thursday. 

"I think it may have been a huge miscalculation, especially when you have 41 states that recognize marriage between one man and one woman, and you just came off an incredible loss to them. Sixty-nine percent voted for [the recent same-sex marriage ban] in North Carolina, which is a key swing state he barely won last time," West said.

I think Allen West underestimates the problem. 

Giving "special rights" to homosexuals is just the tip of the thing. The leading cause of death among African-Americans is abortion. (The House GOP said it, so it must be true.) Black people are disproportionately anti-death. But the president is not only a fan of death, he's also a fan of death-dealers like Planned Parenthood.

Will Obama's support of black death, cost him black voters? 

On the one hand we have the fact that few, if any, black elected officials have lost their jobs over abortion or gay marriage. On the other we have a trash-bin of discarded theories about black voters, the tight relationship between white social conservatives and the black community,  and the words of a man who pronounces himself a "modern-day Harriet Tubman.

The answer is clear to me. 


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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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