Progressives are not having much luck when it comes to winning black votes. This difficulty was easily seen in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary race, in which a moderate candidate ended up becoming the leading contender. This story further illustrates that while black Americans vote overwhelmingly for Democratic politicians, their political beliefs are not necessarily as far to the left as some might imagine.
Eric Adams Runs Anti-Progressive Campaign
Eric Adams, who appears to be winning the Democratic mayoral primary in New York City, has caused quite a bit of consternation among the far left, which was hoping to attract a sizable sum of minority voters in this race. The New York Times wrote:
“In a contest that centered on crime and public safety, Eric Adams, who emerged as the leading Democrat, focused much of his message on denouncing progressive slogans and policies that he said threatened the lives of ‘Black and brown babies’ and were being pushed by ‘a lot of young, white, affluent people.’ A retired police captain and Brooklyn’s borough president, he rejected calls to defund the Police Department and pledged to expand its reach in the city.”
The Times continued, noting, “Black and brown voters in Brooklyn and the Bronx flocked to his candidacy, awarding Mr. Adams with sizable leading margins in neighborhoods from Eastchester to East New York.”
The winner of the primary is not yet known as the city’s new ranked-choice voting process will take some time to calculate. However, Adams holds a significant lead over his opponents, and it is believed he will emerge victorious.
Adams’ performance with blacks and other minorities underscores a noteworthy reality: Far-left progressive policies do not appeal to voters of color. Despite pushing measures that are ostensibly designed to benefit non-white Americans, politicians cannot seem to break through with this particular demographic.
Hakeem Jefferson, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, told The Times that “black people talk about politics in more practical and everyday terms” and that “what makes more sense for people who are often distrustful of broad political claims is something that’s more in the middle.” He added: “The median Black voter is not A.O.C. and is actually closer to Eric Adams.”
What Do the Data Say?
A look at the numbers reveals that black and brown voters tend to vote more moderately than white Democrats. The Times pointed to a Gallup poll that showed “the share of white Democrats who identify as liberal had risen by 20 percentage points since the early 2000s” and that “over the same period, the polling firm found a nine-point rise in liberal identification among Latino Democrats and an eight-point increase among Black Democrats.”
Even more telling are the findings of a 2019 Pew Research Poll, which showed: “In 2019, about four-in-ten black Democratic voters called themselves moderate, while smaller shares described their views as liberal (29%) or conservative (25%).”
Black Americans Reject Far-Leftism
The results of the primary election, along with the relevant data, will likely demonstrate a stark reality for the hard left: Black people are not keen on its policies. One would not have to be a statistician to figure out that African Americans are not on board with the radical policies proposed by the AOCs and Ilhan Omars of the Democratic Party.
The “defund the police” initiative is an example that is more than relevant today. Far-leftists in Congress and in the activist realm have successfully convinced major cities to cut funding for law enforcement agencies, resulting in fewer police officers patrolling neighborhoods.
However, they pushed this agenda without consulting with the black community – the people they claim to be trying to rescue from police violence. If they had asked, they might have discovered that black Americans wish to reform the police, not decrease them. A Gallup poll taken last year demonstrated that 81% of African Americans “want police to spend same amount of or more time in their area.”
The answer is clear: So-called progressives cannot appeal to black Americans because they are out of touch with their needs and desires. Will the far left learn their lesson anytime soon?
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