Ohio delegate Jaladah Aslam celebrates with other delegates after U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) was nominated at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 27, 2008 (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj).
The Democratic Party has not worked to capture the Black vote for over 50 years. As a result, Black interests have not received adequate recognition or redress. From a strategic standpoint, party leaders design platforms to appeal to demographics needed to win the election — not to cater to a group whose support is already guaranteed. However, Black Americans continue to hand over votes to the Democratic party without question. Every Democratic presidential candidate since 1964 has won at least 80 percent of the Black vote, and no Republican has won the majority of the Black vote since the Great Depression. This devotion has been fostered by shifting demographic realities, racial policies, and a desire to improve…
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