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27% of African Americans Have Less Faith in Obama After Libya Attack…

March 29, 2011 by  
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(ThyBllackMan.com) According to a recent survey conducted by YourBlackWorld.com,  27.3% of African American respondents claim that President Obama’s most recent actions in Libya have reduced their faith in his leadership ability.  Roughly 20.8% of respondents claim that the Libyan intervention has increased their faith in Obama’s leadership.  Equally interesting is that over half (51.8%) of all black respondents to the survey said that the Libyan intervention has no impact at all on their perception of President Obama’s ability to lead. 

The Your Black World survey (which had 658 respondents) is the first to document the African American voter reaction to the Libyan incident. The survey results speak to the fact that there is a broad segment of black America that is very concerned about President Obama’s decision to   intervene in the affairs of an African country.  Some are also wondering if Libya’s oil production means something to a nation (the United States) that is thirsty for energy.

Dwayne Wickham of USA Today has openly asked why the United States decided to engage in an humanitarian mission in Libya, but to ignore an equally horrendous situation in the Ivory Coast.  The Ivory Coast’s president, Laurent Gbagbo, has killed hundreds in his quest to keep power.  The Ivory Coast is three times larger than Libya, so far more people are being affected.

An equally interesting source of criticism has been the minister Louis Farrakhan, who has gone out of his way to speak against Obama’s decision to push Gadhafi out of power.  During a scathing interview with WVON in Chicago, Farrakhan was quite vocal about his concerns.   In a conversation I had on-air this week with Rev. Al Sharpton, the audience seemed to want to talk about the issue for the entire hour.  Farrakhan’s opposition is likely connected to the fact that Gadhafi has provided financial support to the Nation of Islam in the past.  Rev. Sharpton and I disagreed on core issues regarding the administration’s Libyan intervention, but Sharpton also has a better relationship with Obama than I do.  Therefore, divergent opinions of black public figures can likely be traced to pre-existing political ties.  This makes the issue even cloudier to analyze.

What’s interesting is that not all African Americans are concerned about Libya.  In fact, there is a group within the black American population that loves President Obama no matter what he does.  Some have referred to this group as “the loyalists.”  For members of this segment, Obama can do no wrong and their steadfast support of every decision is partly in response to their concerns about strong Republican opposition to the president.  Most interesting is that black voters are likely to remain more loyal to President Obama in 2012 than other liberal groups who have begun criticizing the president’s policies.

It’s yet to be determined if President Obama’s actions will significantly impact his support from the African American community.  But what does appear to be certain from the poll is that there is a segment of black America that is deeply concerned about what’s happening overseas.  Also, since more African Americans have lost faith in Obama as a result of the Libyan intervention (vs. the number that have increased their faith), it appears that the Libyan situation may result in a net loss of black support for the president.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  For more information, please visit http://BoyceWatkins.com.


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9 Responses to “27% of African Americans Have Less Faith in Obama After Libya Attack…”
  1. Anthony says:

    @westsan

    Stop that nonsense talk that he’s killing blacks en mass. Even if true, do you believe Obama cares about that fact? Hell No. He only cares because America has seen a perfect opportunity to get rid of Ghadafi.

  2. KOLA AFOLABI says:

    French backing rebel massacred in Ivory Coast .A major military offensive launched in Western Cote d’Ivoire by forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara has effectively sealed off tens of thousands of vulnerable displaced persons, preventing them from receiving adequate humanitarian assistance and protection.http://africa.world247.net/swaziland-news/cote-divoire-tens-of-thousands-cut-off-by-fighting-2/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has denounced coalition raids in Libya, saying:“When you consider that these so-called civilized countries are trying to solve problems by dropping bombs,it makes me proud to be South American.Not only you it make me too proud to be African..

  3. KOLA AFOLABI says:

    Obama totaly wrong for bombing Libya,on Ivory Coast what is happen there is Fench imperialism dictating who to rule Africa and who not,you people totaly brainwashed with fake western media,Gbagbo win the election rebel sponsor by French rigged the election in the rebel control north my increased numbers of voters to number of population in the area..Africa America must stand now to help stop the west for recolonise Africa,if not we are finished..The same French keeped Omar Bongo in power since 1965 till today..Eyadema of Togo from 1966 till today,Blaise campore who killed Thomas Sankara was in the power till today and his best friend of French,WAKE UP MY PEOPLE TIME TO FIGHT FOR TOTAL FREEDOM..DONT BE FOOLED BY CNN..BBC..REUTERS THEY ARE IMPERIALISM RACIST MEDIA..

  4. westsan says:

    REPORTS THAT BLACK LIBYANS ARE BEING KILLED BY REBEL FORCES EN MASS is perhaps one reason why US Af-Ams are concerned. On the other hand, Obama may have stepped in to mitigate and speed up the transition to stop the elongated process of political instability and genocide.

    The problem I see is we do not want another Darfur where the arabs are murdering the native Blacks of the region.

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