African Americans For Obama
February 28, 2012 by Sam Rolley
As a part of his re-election strategy, President Barack Obama is working to entwine race and religion into his 2012 campaign for the Presidency.
Earlier this month via a video message, Obama announced the 2012 launch of African Americans for Obama, saying he didnât believe there is a better time than Black History Month to kick off the initiative.
âEvery day, I think of the generations of African American men and women who overcame slavery and oppression, risked their own safety to cast a ballot, even gave up their lives to help build a country that lived up to its founding principles, â said Obama in his call-to-action video.
Visitors to the Presidentâs re-election website can opt to volunteer for the campaign by âorganizing in barber shops and beauty salons,â âorganizing black businesses,â âorganizing civic organizations,â âorganizing congregationsâ or âorganizing at historically black colleges and universities.â
The initiative has led some people to ponder what might happen if one of the white candidates organized a similarly racially exclusive campaign initiative. Paul Joseph Watson writes in a recent Prison PlanetÂ article:
Imagine if Ron Paul announced a national campaign called âWhites for Ron Paulâ â heâd be vilified as a racist. And yet Barack Obama has done the equivalent of precisely that with his launch of âAfrican Americans for ObamaââŚ
Again, imagine what the reaction would be any of the Republican candidates launched a âWhites for Romneyâ, âWhites for Santorumâ or âWhites for Gingrichâ campaign. There would be non-stop uproar. But Obama does the equivalent and gets a free pass.
A recent report by NPR says that Obama is focusing more heavily on black voters this election season amid concerns that black voter turnout will be less in 2012 than it was in 2008, though the President still carries favorability in the 90 percent range among blacks.