I will allow you to read the article at the link above.
As I read this article I came up with some critical questions that Ms Whyte failed to ask. Not of the Democrats but of the Black community.
As Ms Whyte states - indeed "Black" is synonymous with "Democrat" at this point. The present Black Establishment worked to make it this way.
My question of the Black voter in Massachusetts amounts to: "What did the other voters in your state see that you did not see?".
Today I watched "Washington Watch" on TVOne in which they made note that there are "Democrats" and then there are "Obama voters". We should not confuse the two. This article forces me to ask the same question that I had when I watched the show - Why is it that the Black voter must be MOTIVATED to come out and vote? It lends to the notion that the Black voter has two modes - "irrational exuberance" in which he will show up en masse to the polls to vote for the Democrats and unmotivated by the Democratic candidate in which he simply will stay home.
The fault of this orientation resides with the Black establishment that have inculcated our people as such.
In the wake of this orientation in which the Democratic Party is the benefactor of our hope and the Republicans are the main recipient of our scorn - the Black community's permanent interests remain as unmet as ever.
Let me add another article to the mix: NY Times - Bob Herbert - Blacks In Retreat.
Present trends are not good. Communities of color are being crushed economically and the national news media have not fully focused on the carnage. The official unemployment rate for blacks is 16.2 percent and could well pass 17 percent before the year is out. The real jobless rate is far more ghastly. The Boston-based group United for a Fair Economy noted that even “college-educated black men are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as their white, college-educated counterparts.”
In some poor neighborhoods, a man or woman with a traditional full-time job is the exception, not the rule. In five Midwestern states — Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Oklahoma — the jobless rate for blacks is at least three times as high as that for whites.
Some decades ago, you would have heard a sustained outcry against such dire conditions among blacks, and there would have been loud demands for policy changes designed to bring more black Americans into the economic mainstream. You don’t hear much of that now. Too many so-called black leaders are much more interested in invitations to the White House and positive profiles in mainstream publications than in raising any kind of ruckus that might benefit people in real trouble.
What the politicians and today’s civil rights types won’t tell you is that we’re looking ahead to many long decades of grief and strife in America’s black communities because of our failure to respond effectively to the horrendous impact of the Great Recession and the policies that led up to it. Black Americans are going backward economically, and right now no one is stepping up to stop the retreat.
Absent in Mr Herbert's analysis is any INTROSPECTION or OBSERVATION about the ESTABLISHMENT MACHINE within the Black community.
If the economy of the Black community is as Mr Herbert says - why is it so easy to "Nationalize" the blame and the hope for a rescue? Plain and simply - Why did you all vote for the local establishment that is in power when you make them so IRRELEVANT in your present focus?
This is merely another instance of my observation "Looking past the Local Democrats and attacking the National Republicans". When Democrats slip up and take the national control as well - they have no recourse but to keep talking about the need for jobs and economic reform to their favored leaders. Their resolve and "moral indignation" gets stripped away because ultimately - they make it clear that despite their grievances - they have no intention of landing a body blow upon the people they helped put into place.