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The Price of a Black President

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By FREDRICK C. HARRIS

Published: October 27, 2012 92 Comments

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WHEN African-Americans go to the polls next week, they are likely to support Barack Obama at a level approaching the 95 percent share of the black vote he received in 2008. As well they should, given the symbolic exceptionalism of his presidency and the modern Republican Party’s utter disregard for economic justice, civil rights and the social safety net.

 

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