Monday, October 3, 2011

Faye Anderson: 'Don't Blame African Americans for the Democrats' Loss in 2010 Midterm Elections

Soulclap to Booker Rising for pointing us to a recent blog post by Faye Anderson: "As day follows night, black voters are blamed when Democrats lose an election. The 2010 midterm election was no exception. Election after election, reports show African Americans turn out on Election Day. Democrats’ problem is with white Democrats who don’t show up or white independent voters who abandon them as they did in 2010."

She continues her commentary: "The U.S. Census Bureau reports African Americans increased their share of the electorate, from 11 percent in 2006 (the last midterm election) to 12 percent in 2010. It is noted that black turnout was 'not statistically different from the record high in 1998.' In 2010, the overall turnout rate was 45.5 percent. White turnout was 46.7 percent compared to 43.5 percent for blacks. There was a gender gap in black voter participation. Black female turnout was 43.5 percent. For black men, the turnout rate was 37.2 percent."

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