Miami Blacks Are Key to Obama's Re-Election

In 2008, African-Americans clinched the White House for Barack Obama by turning out to vote in record numbers. In that year's U.S. presidential election, about 2 million more black voters went to the polls than in 2004, helping it become the most racially and ethnically diverse election in U.S. history, according to a 2009 study by the Pew Research Center.

But in 2010, we regressed. Many blacks stayed home, especially in Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott narrowly beat Democrat Alex Sink. We also failed to make Kendrick Meek the first African-American U.S. senator from Florida. Only an estimated 10 percent of blacks went to the polls, compared to 13 percent in 2008. By not voting two years ago, we allowed Scott and the Republican Party to make it even harder for us to vote on November 6.

Since he took office, the governor has been doing everything in his power to disenfranchise African-American voters. He's screwed us over by cutting back on the days for early voting and rolling back voting rights for people with past criminal convictions — two measures that unfairly target blacks. So, Obama is turning to absentee ballots. The Democrats have cut the Republicans' absentee ballot advantage by two-thirds compared to 2008, according to the Miami Herald. This year, absentee voting should be nearly equal.

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But African-Americans can't sit back now. Florida is the most important swing state, and Miami has its largest black population. Obama's reelection will likely be decided on the streets of Overtown, Liberty City, Brownsville, and Miami Gardens. We also have a couple of important local issues on the ballot, like a $1.2 billion bond to renovate decrepit public schools and booting do-nothing County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson.

We demand a lot of respect and equality. For that to happen, we need to show up at the polls. We can't sit on our asses complaining about how unfair the system is. If we don't vote, we can't whine about the damage Mitt Romney will do if he beats Obama November 6.

It's time to stop bitching about the white man doing this and that to us. It's time African-Americans do something for themselves. It's time we break 2008's presidential election record.

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b12580wjg
b12580wjg

It is sad and pathetic Obama can not win on his own merrit - he has to play the race card

b12580wjg
b12580wjg

Who is RACIST here ??????

 

This so called journalist and news paper not only diminishes journalism but is diminishing the African American and America itself.

 

Fricken Pathetic.

 

bobbyj195371
bobbyj195371

Once you vote black, you never go back. This was a saying on a button worn at the Democratic convention. Very sad mindset...

ksm748
ksm748

Mr. Campbell, You are a pathetic reporter and even more a pathetic human being. You are anti-American and ignorant. You tell blacks to vote but without reason, just because your president is black, whom also is pathetic. Instead of actually s****ing on your race, why don't you try educating them? All I got from this article is the fact that you still have a slave mentality and it will not soon go away. I can only imagine what the great Martin Luther King Jr. must be saying in his grave. I am glad he did not see to live, all his hard work flushed down the drain by ignorant blacks who have no sense of patriotism. Great job on voting for a president who will keep your race in downward spiral and send our country to shambles. I pray that God has mercy on us and takes obama out of office or hope that you will end up in welfare. Ignorance is bliss! 

KlassenL
KlassenL

@RedBlueQuest @MiamiNewTimes IF THAT'S TRUE GET BUSY! ORGANIZE A MARCH 2 THE POLLING STATIONS! TALK 2 EVERYONE U KNOW & 4 VOTE PBO & DEMS!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Electronic voting machines are a GOP conflict of interest

 

 

Tagg Romney, the son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has purchased electronic voting machines that will be used in the 2012 elections in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington and Colorado. Hypocrisy: If the President's Family Purchased Voter Machines, the Uproar Would be Deafening candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall's election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public.

 

But they will help decide who "owns" the White House." If Romney wins, it because there more votes then people

run.randrand
run.randrand

 @bobbyj195371 WHAT IS YOUR SKIN IN THE BLACK VOTE, SIR? YOU CARE TO LEAD THEM AWAY FROM THE PRECINCTS WITH PROMISES OF "SKITTLES AND ICED TEA"??!!!

RedBlueQuest
RedBlueQuest

@Harringtonkent Cheers, Kent! It's down to counties & streets now! We're living thru this in my neck of the woods! MOVING FORWARD!

 
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