For Biden, Black Lives Matter, But For Black Voters Biden Doesn't

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 26 January 2022 23:45
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Joe Biden has seen his support among Black voters take a nosedive only one year into his presidency. Black voters were a key group to get him into the White House.

Black voter's disappointment tracks with other Americans' frustration with Biden, who closed out his first year in office with his approval ratings at a record low.

It was Black voters who rescued Biden's candidacy during the 2020 Democratic primary and it was their support that boosted him to the top.

Now, one year into his presidency, Biden is hoping he can maintain the support of Black voters, even as his failure to deliver on voting rights legislation and other issues have left some loyalists discouraged. Of the multiple challenges he confronts as he enters his second year, few are as crucial as retaining the strong backing from his party's base.

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Only 6 in 10 Black Americans said they approved of Biden in a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, down from about 9 in 10 who approved in polls conducted through the first six months of Biden´s presidency.

“I'm perplexed. At some points, I'm angry. I'm trying to see if there is anything redeeming,” stated George Hart, 73, a professor and faculty adviser to the student chapter of the NAACP at Benedict College, a historically Black institution in Columbia. “I'm just so disillusioned, I don't know what to say.

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“He let so much happen from the time he became president to the time that he actually introduced the measure, it was lost,” expressed Hart, who supported Biden in South Carolina's primary. “And we are the ones, African Americans, Black voters, who are going to pay the penalties.”

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Hart's view in interviews with Black voters in South Carolina last week is a worrisome sign for a President whose approval ratings are near record lows. Some Black South Carolina voters who long supported Biden's campaign hold out expectancy for his Administration, while those who supported him reluctantly - or not at all - indicate they're unimpressed.

Dennis Brothers, who supported Biden “from the very beginning,” expressed he felt things were going “pretty well,” although he is frustrated by Biden not honoring a campaign promise to cancel - not delay - some amounts of student debt.

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“That has been a disappointment,” remarked Brothers, a 31-year-old media specialist from Calhoun County. “I just hope that some of those promises that were made, are kept.” Brothers suggested the Administration be more transparent about its goals in the next three years, particularly on issues pertinent to Black voters such as a policing overhaul.

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