African Americans make up a greater population in the southeast than anywhere else and they began slowly shifting to the Democrat Party after the Great Depression when President FDR introduced the New Deal legislation that was meant to help the elderly, farmers, the poor, etc. It was very attractive legislation for the masses who were struggling.
The problem, just like we have today, is that it didn’t work as they had planned because the New Deal didn’t stimulate economic growth like they needed so tax revenues were low and we began borrowing a lot of money to cover our debt for offering social assistance. It’s sad to say, but what pulled us out of our economic problem certainly wasn’t the New Deal but instead WWII where manufacturing took off in our country; the same thing happened in WWI.
What I find impressive is how Democrats were able to keep African Americans in their Party when it was mostly Republicans who pushed for the Civil Rights Act. At this point Southerners were still mostly Democrats and were even responsible for the creation of the KKK to scare blacks from voting.
It was during the 70’s and 80’s when the South turned into mostly Red States. Around 80% of African Americans at this point had moved to the Democrat Party and the Party began moving left of center from what the South termed: “God and Country” so many whites (mostly poor), left the Democrat Party and started voting for Republican candidates.
I don’t think it’s a smart move for African Americans to automatically vote for the Democrat Party because they lose their leverage. What have Democrats done for these communities especially over the last few decades? The statistics show they’re much worse off now than before President Obama was in office. The areas where African Americans have the worst living standards are those areas which are controlled by Democrats at all levels of government. When will this sink in with their community?
Obama and the Democrats had control over the Executive and Legislative Branches for around 18 months and could’ve done whatever they wanted. They could’ve kept their campaign promises but they didn’t. I wouldn’t put up with it if I was an African American and I’d make sure both parties knew my vote was up for grabs. Why squander their leverage?