Mitt Romney: better for African Americans than an African American?
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Mitt Romney: better for African Americans than an African American?

Pittsburgh : PA : USA | Jul 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM PDT
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Mitt Romney To Address The NAACP: Will Romney Address The Major Issues Affecting African-Americans?

Mitt Romney thinks he knows what’s better for African American families than President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African American president. Or at least that’s what he tried to convey in a speech given at the NAACP annual meeting this morning in Houston, according to the Associated Press.

I’m not really sure where Romney gets off telling African Americans that he’s their man. Check out this chart from the Census Bureau. It shows that in 2009, African Americans had the highest percentage of people below the poverty line in the United States. 25.8% of African Americans were below the poverty line that year. And Mitt Romney? He is neither black nor poor, folks. Overseas bank accounts, vacations in the Hamptons, and a reported wealth of more than a possible $250 million…there is nobody more out of touch with the African American community than Romney. I mean, the guy hasn’t worked for a paycheck in over a decade and instead has lived comfortably off a series of investments.

Romney claiming to be the best hope for African American families is like Colonel Sanders telling Papa John that he knows pizza better than he does. Or Tiger Woods giving advice to Kobe Bryant on his jump shot. There are some things that you should just not claim, Mitt.

In my opinion, Romney needs to stick with the voting group that he knows best: rich, old, white people. He has zero chance of winning the African American vote and should accept this. Any effort that he could muster, especially one as farcical as this, is in vain. In the last election, Obama won 95% of African American votes. Romney claiming that he better understands the plight of African Americans and the middle class will do more harm than good. No voting group, whether they are based on race, income, etc., wants to be told that their champion has never experienced anything that happens to them on a day-to-day basis.

Furthermore, according to the report from the Associated Press, Romney went on to declare his stance regarding “Obamacare,” saying that he would repeal it if he were to be elected. This profound statement, undoubtedly said with the utmost sincerity and confidence, was, surprise, met with boos. Approximately 7 million of the 30 million people that would receive health care under Obama’s law are in fact, African American. Stating that he would repeal the act at an NAACP meeting was not his smartest move. Add in Romney’s firm stance against migrant workers, and it just goes to show how out of touch with minorities he truly is.

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