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Disappointment in Obama leads some African Americans to ask: Is voting even worth it?

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 CSB    1,664

Jacksonville, Fla. — During those two electric Novembers, the chance to elect a black president, and then keep him in office, seized Regenia Motley’s neighborhood.

Nightclubs were registering voters. Churches held fish fries after loading buses that ferried parishioners to the polls. A truck hoisted a big sign that said “Obama.” And residents waited in long lines at precincts across the community.

But as Motley and some friends sought shade recently under a mulberry tree and looked across the landscape of empty lots and abandoned houses that has persisted here, they wondered whether they would ever bother voting again.
On Jacksonville’s north side and in other struggling urban neighborhoods across the country, where Barack Obama mobilized large numbers of new African American voters who were inspired partly by the emotional draw of his biography, high hopes have turned to frustration: Even a black president was unable to heal places still gripped by violence, drugs and joblessness.


Neither politicians nor the government can create a good life for a person.

That comes from what your parents teach you about self discipline and achievement and what you do to fulfill those goals.

Without those things there's no chance.

Stop looking externally. Start looking internally.

Sad in America CSB .

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 Lucy Barnable    2,687

Obama got 95% of African American votes.
They have been played and are starting to
 realize it.

African Americans have been hurt the most by illegal immigration.
The unemployment rate among blacks is twice that of whites and Asians.
The violent crime in African American communities continues to rise at a ridiculous rate.
Race relations are much worse than I ever remember and I don't see an easy solution for this.

I sincerely hope they can pull it together. That is what tptb fear. A United America!
They say living well is the best revenge and Obama would be mighty upset African Americans didn't fall for his race war.


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some Africans? no should read, most Americans.

you accidentally put "African" instead of "most"



Here's my story, true then, true now.

Edwin Edwards was governor of Louisiana for many years. His administration sold old voting machines to Mexico when the state upgraded to new "improved" models. In the first election after Mexico installed the machines, Edwards won.

OK, maybe not true. Same difference. Presidents are chosen, not by the people, but by the powers that be. They own the machines, the politicians, the system.

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