by Dr. Boyce Watkins
Prepping for another run for the White House, President Obama recently launched a campaign to target black voters.
“I don’t think there’s a better time than African-American history month to consider the tremendous progress we’ve made through the sacrifices of so many, or a better time to recommit to the challenges we face right now,” said Obama in a video to his supporters.
It is expected that the Democrats would work to shore up their black base right before the president’s bid for re-election. What is also expected is the dampened enthusiasm among black voters, who are facing 15.8% unemployment and rapidly declining wealth levels. The black unemployment number is more than double that of white Americans, which stands at 7.5%. Throughout the Obama presidency, white unemployment has improved, while black unemployment has gotten markedly worse.