Trymaine Lee of the Huffington Post writes, “In the latest push to energize and engage black voters, President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign this morning launched African Americans for Obama, with a video introduction from the president himself.”
“This month we are announcing the 2012 launch of African Americans for Obama,” the president announced in the video provided to The Huffington Post by the campaign. “I don’t think there’s a better time than African-American history month to consider the tremendous progress that we’ve made through the sacrifices of so many, or a better time to commit to meeting the very real challenges we face right now.”
In the video, the president makes a somewhat rare, direct overture to black voters, urging them to “keep making history.”
“Every day I think of the generations of African-American men and women who overcame slavery and oppression, risked their own safety to cast a ballot, even gave up their lives to help build a country that lived up to its founding principles,” President Obama said in the video, which runs about a minute and 44 seconds. “Their extraordinary hope, their unwavering determination changed this country. Their efforts made it possible for somebody like me to be here today.”
African Americans for Obama will be a part of Operation Vote, the campaign’s outreach arm to select voting blocs, including African Americans, Hispanics, Jews, LGBTQs, youth and older voters.”
Obama 2012 campaign’s Operation Vote focuses on ethnic minorities – not the majority population. White American voters have been thrown under the bus. The voting blocs clearly represent non-white groups. The message to the coalition of voting blocs is a historical reference to slavery. No mention of the dominant slave merchants or a historical reference about white enslavement.
President Obama’s campaign is developing an aggressive new program to expand support from ethnic minority groups and other traditional Democratic voters as his team studies an increasingly narrow path to victory in 2012’s reelection effort.
According to the census, the non-Hispanic White population for 2010 was 72%. The Black population was 12.3%. 15.7% of other voters.
I am guessing that it is O.K to organize a “White Americans for Merlin Miller”? This is no time for individualism. This is the time to organize as an ethnno-political voting bloc. Other groups are organizing voting blocs. Why shouldn’t White Americans?
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