African-Americans are a famously steadfast bunch of Obama supporters. While the president’s approval ratings have dipped significantly since his election, Blacks generally continue to support him in vast majorities, according to public polling. However, with his latest foreign policy snafu, an unpopular engagement with Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Obama may have pushed his luck with black Americans too far.
According to a new poll from African-American-centric website YourBlackWorld.com, more than a quarter of Blacks—27.3 percent to be exact—disagree with Obama’s movement on Libya, saying it has “reduced their faith in his leadership ability.” Just 20 percent said it’s increased their faith in him, while half didn’t care one way or the other.
And it’s not just survey respondents who are attacking the president, public figures are joining in the naysaying as well. In USA Today, African-American columnist DeWayne Wickham brought up the horrible human-rights violations happening in Cote d'Ivoire, under autocratic President Laurent Gbagbo, who lost a reelection bid but refuses to leave office. “[W]hen it comes to using America's military might to protect innocents,” writes Wickham, “the Obama administration needs to explain why it has chosen to do so in the North African nation of Libya, while disavowing it in the Ivory Coast, a sub-Sahara African nation where a greater ‘potential humanitarian crisis’ is unfolding.”
The controversial and outspoken Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has also come out against the Libya actions, telling Chicago’s WVON radio station, “Whenever government wants you to think and act in a certain way that would bring justification to an action that they are already planning to make, they must make the person that they hate a bogeyman.”
Farrakhan, of course, has taken funds from Gadhafi for Nation of Islam purposes for years, so his words should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt.
Nevertheless, the fact still stands that Americans of all colors aren’t very pleased about our fight in Libya, which has cost the U.S. $400 million in just six days. Imagine how far $400 million could have gone toward helping the African-American community instead of bombing Libya? That’s a lot of college scholarships.
(Photo: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)