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Politics The Biden administration is losing support among black voters

07:40  23 november  2021
07:40  23 november  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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It has been over a year since President Joe Biden delivered his victory speech thanking black voters. “You’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours,” he said.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: AP Photo © Provided by Washington Examiner AP Photo

However, based on his continued decline in popularity with black voters, it appears Biden has fallen short of his promise.

For the past year, the Biden administration has been long on photo ops, embellished positive headlines, and so-called "woke" utterances. But it's lacked genuine reforms to the federal government that would change the black community’s status as the nation’s permanent underclass.

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Many black voters appreciate Biden’s appointment of notable black political figures to positions in his administration, his establishment of Juneteenth as a national holiday, and his acknowledgment of the centennial of the Tulsa Massacre.

But as a whole, black voters have considerable experience with exploitation via superfluous political gestures and superficial political appointments. They have seen such appointments before and have a name for it: Bureaucratic blackface, the practice of appointing blacks to positions with fancy titles with no real power, all to give the illusion of diversity and inclusion.

These appointees’ lack of influence was illustrated by their silence when Biden denied 30,000 Haitians asylum into the country as if they were unruly Walmart shoppers on Black Friday. Black immigration activists were surprised none of them spoke up — Vice President Kamala Harris and most of Biden’s black political appointees, after all, had spent the previous four years speaking against the harsh immigration policies of the Trump administration.

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The frustration black voters have with Biden reflects my own experience with his administration’s false promises to have “our backs.”

Earlier this year, I contacted White House chief of staff Ron Klain and deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon regarding the illegal targeting of myself and other black federal employees who participated in congressional investigations. These employees were denied access to attorneys as U.S. Special Counsel Henry Kerner’s office conducted what I believe to be a retaliatory criminal investigation.

Based on Biden’s campaign rhetoric about criminal justice reform, one would think his office would be quick to address Kerner targeting black federal employees based on false allegations from senior managers who had been caught using government emails to spread hate speech.

Unfortunately, the White House instructed me to follow up with presidential aide Sophia Rubio, who never responded to my concerns.

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Biden’s insouciance falls far short of the standard set by the Obama administration, whose Justice Department investigated former U.S. Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch for misconduct. Bloch eventually pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of Congress for willfully and unlawfully withholding pertinent information from a House committee.

According to a recent CNN poll, “58% of Americans say President Joe Biden hasn't paid enough attention to the nation's most important problems, as a majority disapproves of the way he's handling his job as President.”

Biden ought to spend less time flirting with advocates of critical race theory and more time focusing on key education and economic policies. For example, he could prevent states such as Georgia from redistributing over $200 million dollars every year from school districts in metro Atlanta so that black children won’t have to stand on street corners to solicit passing motorists for funds to support after-school programs.

Now that the infrastructure bill has passed, Biden should direct Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to explain to black voters how he plans to deal with the inequity in the distribution of federal transportation dollars.

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For example, in the Atlanta metropolitan area where I live, federal transportation and workforce development funds are distributed by the Atlanta Regional Commission, whose district maps are designed to dilute black representation. This is why the Biden infrastructure bill would not likely benefit most black communities in the Atlanta area.

Biden is fully aware of the challenges black communities such as Atlanta will have accessing the benefits of his infrastructure bill. When Biden was vice president, transit advocates in Baltimore had to file a Title VI grievance with the Department of Transportation to address Maryland's exclusionary transportation funding policies. In September of this year, Johns Hopkins University released a well-publicized report titled "Transit Equity and Environmental Health in Baltimore City,” detailing the need for transportation funding reform.

So in contrast to his political rhetoric, Biden knows that under current federal and state laws, the constituents of Republican congressional representatives who voted against the infrastructure bill are more likely to benefit from the legislation than the black communities whose congressional representatives voted for it.

Biden is mistaken if he believes the frustration that black voters have with his administration can be overcome by constantly trying to scare them with ghost stories about former President Donald Trump coming back to power. A similar sentiment was expressed by television host Jon Stewart during a recent interview.

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"I think we make a mistake focusing this all on Donald Trump, as if he's … some incredible super villain that has changed the very nature and temperature of the U.S.," Stewart said.

Black voters in Georgia and other swing states played a pivotal role in Biden’s 2020 political success and Democrats gaining control of the Senate. The recent Virginia gubernatorial election proves that Biden cannot afford to take black voters for granted.

Scott Davis (@ScottDavis_WB) is a public policy advocate who testified before Congress in 2014 about the denial of healthcare benefits to veterans.

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Biden voters owe the country an apology .
President Biden’s African travel ban went into effect Monday. Biden's actions here directly contradict what he said when former President Donald Trump instituted similar travel bans to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In fact, they lay bare an underlying insincerity about Biden's entire handling of the pandemic. © Provided by Washington Examiner When Trump did this exact same thing, Biden stoked the flames of racial hatred to get elected. Now, nearly a full year into his first term, Biden is the dog that caught the car. He duped 81 million people into voting for him and he has no clue what he is doing.

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