*(Via Atlanta Blackstar) – With less than a month to go before the presidential election, attention is being focused on the glaring disparity in the woeful voter participation rates of black men compared to black women and whites.
Even in 2008 during the first run of Barack Obama, black men voted at far lower rates than everybody else. In the state of Georgia, if black men had voted at the same rate as black women, there would have been another 70,000 votes, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In fact, black women voted at a higher rate than everybody else (80 percent of black women, 78 percent of white women, 76 percent of white men and 70 percent of black men).
Since Republican John McCain won Georgia by more than 200,000 votes, those additional votes from black men wouldn’t have changed the outcome. But they point to a serious problem.
When President Obama looks to the black community to help him win re-election, he is largely dependent on black women to put him over the top. But on the flip side, if higher numbers of black men show up to the polls, Obama’s re-election will be made much easier.
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