Very interesting article on black voters and their political sensibilities by one Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Money quote:

The failure to press Davis, Bustamante, McClintock and Schwarzenegger to make political concessions to blacks as the price for their vote is the single biggest reason why black voters in California (and increasingly nationally) have been shoved to the netherworld of state and national politics. It will stay that way, or get worse, until they present Republicans and Democrats with a bill for their political services and then collect on it.

I've thought for a long time that part of the failure of black political leadership is just this. Like being Irish meant for so long that one was Catholic, just so being black meant at one time that one voted Democrat. Apparently this is changing. Link via Brothers Judd.
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