*The 332 Electoral College votes (270 to win) Obama garnered to Mitt Romney’s 206 was made possible by a coming together of racial groups and young single White women, the likes that had never been seen before.
It was a given that African Americans would cast their ballots in favor of Obama and they did. 93 percent of African Americans voted for Obama, along with 71 percent of Hispanics, the often Republican voting Cubans among them, along with 73 percent of Asians. Then you mix in 55 percent of female voters, many of them young and single for Obama, and Obama was unstoppable.
Republican consultants, such as Dick Morris, once a Democrat, who was among those behind the 1996 win of President Bill Clinton, and Karl Rove, credited with helping to secure both victories of President George W. Bush, were in a state of shock. Morris made an admission after predicting a Romney landslide, when on the Bill O’Reilly show on the FOX News Channel.
“I under-counted the minority turnout and women and young people, single women. I thought that the 2008 turnout was a fluke.”
Felicia Davis with Black Women’s Roundtable provided insight into the alliance of groups that gave Obama another four more years.
“The Obama campaign was able to put together a progressive coalition that included people of color and white women that then put white men in the minority. This broader coalition now has broken up 200 years of White male privilege to the advantage of everyone else. That kind of puts the Tea Party element in an extreme minority. Looking at the Republican Party then becomes forever a minority party unless they include people of color.”
The Black Women’s Roundtable is an intergenerational civic engagement network of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
“The time has just moved on and the day for the politics of the old Karl Rove, Dick Morris Republican, White male privilege approach to presidential politics is over. It’s sunset in 2012.” Davis stressed.
A poll conducted by the Associated Press before the election found that in the first four years of Obama’s presidency racism increased moderately. 51 percent of Americans polled said they had anti-Black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in 2008.
Michael Skolnik, Editor-in-Chief of GlobalGrind.com, blasted a conservative website editor over Obama. He verbally smacked Matt Drudge for putting on his “Drudge Report” website a video from 2007 of Obama when he was a Senator speaking to Black ministers at Hampton University. Drudge ran a headline with the story that read “Obama’s Other Race Speech.” Skolnik wrote an editorial on his site entitled, “From a White Guy: Stop the Racist Nonsense.”
When asked why he wrote it, he said, “As White people, we have to have conversations with White people, just as Black people have to have conversations with Black people. I certainly could live my life quietly and peacefully and not bother anybody and watch this nation continue its fascination with race and its fascination with keeping people of color down. But, when I see my own race play games with it like Matt Drudge does, snide remarks, things he knows exactly what he’s doing. Newt Gingrich (former Speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate) knew exactly what he was doing when he mentioned that President Obama was the food stamp President when more White people are on food stamps than Black people in this country. I feel it’s my responsibility to speak up. I have lived my whole life and continue to live it proudly that I will fight for the rights of others for the same rights that I take for granted.”
GlobalGrind.com is popular among millennials, the generation of 18 to 34-year-olds.
Does Skolnik think that young single White women and people of color voting for Obama represent a new America? “I certainly hope so, because it’s a lot more exciting and it’s a lot more compassionate and a lot more progressive and a lot more tolerant and a lot more generous. Those are the words that the President gave on Tuesday (election) night. That’s what I hope the new America is. I think if that’s what we’re becoming, whoo it’s going to be a good four years and exciting four years.”
After the election there have been several reports of White people openly expressing racist opinions against Obama. It’s really serious, but one comic actor managed to interject some levity into the situation. Doug Williams jokingly offered this advice to White people who are Obama haters because of his race.
“Why don’t you just focus on the White part of Obama. He’s Black and half White. Focus on his mother’s side of the family and maybe you’ll be able to come to terms with the fact that he’s won. They can’t get past the Black side.”
Williams is currently performing on the Carnival Cruise Lines.
Tene’ conducted exclusive interviews with Felicia Davis, Michael Skolnik and Doug Williams. Reach Tene’ at tenecroom.com or [email protected]