Study: Black Americans Feel Less Empowered Under Obama Than They Once Did

Elizabeth Flock, US News, October 17, 2012

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A new study from Washington University in St. Louis finds that under Obama, many black Americans feel less free than whites when it comes to political participation.

From 2005 to 2011, only 45 percent of blacks said they believed the government would allow them to make a public speech, while 67 percent of whites believed they could, the study found.

The study found that while the election of Obama initially boosted feelings of political empowerment among black Americans, those sentiments significantly faded in the years that followed—especially among conservative and religious blacks.

These two groups make up a large segment of the black population, with 56 percent of blacks identifying as “born again,” and 39 percent of blacks as “somewhat conservative,” according to the study.

“First we saw the ‘empowerment effect,’ the boost that happens when a member of your group gets elected to an important political position,” says study author James L. Gibson, a professor of government and African-American studies at Washington University. Gibson’s findings are based on national surveys conducted between 2005 and 2011.

In 2009, the year after Obama was elected, 71 percent of blacks reported feeling as free to speak one’s mind as they used to.

“But then perceptions of political freedom deteriorated among conservative and religious blacks,” says Gibson. By 2011, the percentage of blacks who felt as free to speak their mind had dropped to 56 percent, back to pre-Obama levels. (White Americans also reported feeling less free to speak one’s mind under Obama, but the decline was far less than among blacks).

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“Race produces a level of trust and confidence that one is on your side,” he [Gibson] says.

Over time, that confidence eroded. Gibson cites the contraception debate between the White House and some religious leaders that erupted last year. Black Americans, he notes, are traditionally conservative on social issues.

Another schism may have centered on gay marriage. The Democratic-leaning Coalition of African-American Pastors, for example, recently said they felt “marginalized” and “ignored” by Obama’s seemingly sudden support for same-sex marriage.

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  • Puggg

    Study: Black Americans Feel Less Empowered Under Obama Than They Once Did

    Finally, some good news.

    • Jed Sant Devi

      Just lies to make liberal Whites recommit to the “We’ve come far, but we have more work to do” voodoo.

      • Bad_Mr_Frosty

        That’s wearing really thin. A black man as president of a White majority country still “isn’t enough”? Obama dissolved a lot of White guilt from conservatives and independents, liberals are running out of ammo.

        • Jed Sant Devi

          They’ve got plenty of ammo. It’s called the Fed. Govt., the single greatest force for wiping out White privilge in the history of mankind.

          • anarchyst

            “Standing armies” have been disadvantaged by those who practice guerilla tactics . . .

  • Less empowered, more brazen, resentful, and violent.  How do you take your negro?  

    • Jed Sant Devi

      I’ll take my negro with an abundance of contempt.

  • ” Black Americans, he notes, are traditionally conservative on social issues.”

    On what planet is this guy living?  Over 70% of ALL black children in america are born OUT of wedlock!  In what world is that being socially conservative?  Blacks also insist upon interracial marriage/dating, massive welfare/entitlements, NO segregation, affirmative action, etc.  NONE of these positions are the least bit socially conservative. 

    • IstvanIN

       They are not conservative in the least as you correctly point out.  The neocons only call blacks conservative because they dislike gays.  And even then blacks are only against out gay people, down-low homosexuality is OK with them!  They no more have core values than dogs do.

  • “..the percentage of blacks who felt as free to speak their mind had dropped to 56 percent..”

    I don’t know about you guys, but blacks are the loudest, most obnoxious people on the planet. They can’t help but speak their minds. They never shut up. I find it hard to believe they find it hard to say or do anything. They are immune to criticism, shielded from scrutiny. I take this study with 4 pounds of salt.

    • 1911ThePunisher45

      Basically they are arrested-developmently-challenged children in big boy bodies.  They really do have a childs mind, albeit a very violent childs mind, but stupid still the same.

  • WmarkW

    > From 2005 to 2011, only 45 percent of blacks said they believed the
    government would allow them to make a public speech

    Obviously they listen to Eric Holder too much.
    Someone needs to educate them about the wonders of our Constitution, and how they can make it work for themselves.

  • whiteyyyyy

    I think the last 4 yrs of flashmobs kind of shook their confidence. They never really got full credit for that. The poor bastards can never catch a break.

  • Jed Sant Devi

    What blacks “say,” what blacks “feel”!

    What may start growing faster is the number of Whites who just don’t care what blacks say or feel any longer, because worrying about the future of blackness comes at too high of a cost for the future of White privilege.

    In five or six years, White parents will be sending their minority White children to BRA Diversity Majority schools.  How much tolerance should they be expected to have for Black Privilege Social Justice when their own White children will be a minorit forever, and suffer like a minority under a very hostile, hateful, extreme, dangerous, violent, toxic, pernicious, invidious, virulent, and proven Voodoo?

    White Tolerance for Whiteness will be the fastest growing social trend by 2016, but not fast enough, or soon enough, or enough enough…

  • Jed Sant Devi

    Let’s put the word out first that we emancipate them from the White man’s racist English language, his racist medicine, science, and technology, his racist electric grid, his racist schools, and most of all, his racist daughters.

    Free at last, free at last, thank gawd almighty, they’s be free at last to Go Home.

  • 1911ThePunisher45

     “Nothing “real” has changed for blacks. In fact, with the economy, it’s gotten worse for them.” 

     Thats because they’re not real, they’re all image. If anything B.O. has just shielded them from criminal prosecution by appointing Eric Holder. When the economy collapses they will rape riot and steal, and when nothing is left they will cry and cry and cry, and act like a child who know they were wrong but don’t understand their actions.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

     From 2005 to 2011, only 45 percent of blacks said they believed the government would allow them to make a public speech   

    What century are they living in? The blacks in the audience at Jared Taylor’s speech certainly showed no fear of speaking their mind.  Watch the video and you’ll see the idiocy of this claim.  In fact, they very nearly kept Mr. Taylor from making a public speech. This is just another excuse by blacks to wallow in the grievance mentality.

    Also notice that when blacks are anti-gay, they’re being “conservative” (even though they show conservative tendencies on few if any other issues) but when whites are anti-gay, they’re just a bunch of bigots.

    • Lots of Blacks make public speeches all the time.

      Sometimes it is hard to find a television channel that DOESN’T have Jesse or Al on it ranting about alleged ‘racism’.

  • Jed Sant Devi

    Evidently, the Historically Black Morehouse College couldn’t lower standards enough to keep up enrollment-

    Morehouse College cuts spending after enrollment drops

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/morehouse-college-cuts-spending-after-enrollment-d/nSgt8/

    We know what the problem is.  Historically (formerly) White Colleges and University are so Diversity enriched and Other saturated that they are enrolling the buck nasty voodoos who normally would attend Morehouse.Surrounding White coeds with blacks in class in the dorms is more important than letting Morehouse enroll those who should be theirs.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Why should Blacks feel less empowered? They got everything they wanted in their Dear Leader, didn’t they? More government assistance, more EBT cards available for “da brothas,” and an Attorney General willing to look the other way when Black on White crime occurs!

    • The__Bobster

      And all da free Obamaphones that they could ever possibly use.

    • Bad_Mr_Frosty

      Obama didn’t wave the magic wand and turn them into White people with black skin. Blacks will never be satisfied until either Whites are exterminated or they figure out a way to capture our juju.

  • In other words, they didn’t get the big pay-off they were expecting.

  • nathan wartooth

    “Another schism may have centered on gay marriage. The Democratic-leaning Coalition of African-American Pastors, for example, recently said they felt “marginalized” and “ignored” by Obama’s seemingly sudden support for same-sex marriage.”

    Well duh. Obama knows that Blacks will vote for him just because of skin color. He doesn’t have to pander to anything. Obama was never for gay marriage until he started to slip in the polls and decided he needed the gay communities support. 

    • Puggg

      North Carolina voted on a definition of marriage Constitutional amendment on May 8, and voted approve it.  The LGBTQROTFLMAO community thought it would fail because Obama won North Carolina (only barely, and only because John McCain didn’t try), and because the particular ballot measure in NC also prohibited non-marriage gay civil unions.  When it wound up winning by the usual big margins these things usually win, (though the prohibition of civil unions depressed its winning percentage to 61%), Obama had to do something to placate the LGBTQROTFLMAO crowd, and that’s when he “changed his position” a few days later, i.e. he stopped lying.

  • Tim_in_Indiana
  • Jed Sant Devi

    “more work to do” means blacks see Whitey in jobs that blacks say “gimme dat” over.

    Whites who earn money are barriers to blacks being given money for showing up to the office where the Whitey used to work.

    More work do do means there is still some residual White privilege runnin amok and needs stamping out asap.

  • sammy

    Went for a walk in a beautiful NYC park–white area–recently. There were four blacks disturbing the peace on the promenade. They were the only ones yelling.