It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. So, it’s a testament to the effectiveness of black voter empowerment groups that their mobilization message has been co-opted by Obama’s opponents.
Consider: The National Urban League’s 2010 Equality Index found little change in African Americans’ progress vis-à-vis white Americans in every category, including unemployment, educational attainment and household income. The sole exception was civic engagement:
Yes, but will black voters remember to turn out on November 2? Election Day is seven months from today.
The 2010 Equality Index for the black-white comparison stands at 71.8%, compared to the revised 2009 index of 71.2%.
The 0.6 percentage point increase in this year’s overall index represents the first one-year uptick in the last four years. This uptick is largely driven by the increase in the civic engagement index (97.6% in 2009 to 102.2% in 2010) which was mostly due to the black voter turnout in the 2008 Presidential elections.