During an interview on Naomi Campbell’s YouTube show, Diddy addressed Joe Biden. His comments strictly detail that Biden needs to help blacks.
“The Black vote is not gon’ be for free,” Diddy shared. “We’re gonna have to see some promises. We’re gonna have to understand what kind of deal we’re getting out of—what are we getting in return for our vote? Because nothing has changed in America for Black America. And, in order for us to vote for Biden we can’t be taken for granted like we always are because we’re supposed to be Democrats. Or because people are afraid of Trump.”
It’s a vote that every candidate is concerned about. Since 1964, 90% of black voters have voted for the democratic candidate — regardless of who it is. Getting black voters to the polls is more of the concern though. In 2016, the black vote was down to 59.5%. For Obama’s re-election in 2012, 66.6% of black voters showed up at the polls. Like our very ambitious and business-minded, Uncle Diddy says, the urban influence at the polls will not be free. But, it’s also imperative and worth the challenge.
Whether it’s the big win in South Carolina, or his wars against Kamala Harris, black voters have given Biden an opportunity. As the Intelligencer writes, Biden “owes it all” to black voters.
Older voters want Biden.
At least, that’s how it seems.
Those states where Biden had outstanding primary results are homes to many older black voters. Personally, I think there is some sense of trust between that generation and Biden. It’s almost like, he’s been the co-captain before and that flight was good. So, he’s got to be the guy, right?
Not all the way true but I see the parallels. Let’s see what Eugene Scott of The Washington Post had to say about it. Here’s his video from earlier this year:
Ok, so Biden does have some younger black supporters but it’s just not as much as Bernie had. However, Biden’s prestige among black voters over 65 has been a pretty reliable trend.
Back to Diddy.
While I’m concerned for him speaking for “all” black voters (and democrats), he’s kind of right. It’s in Biden’s best interest to organize a strategic and concise plan for aiding black communities. I couldn’t find much on his specific plans but I would love to hear them unfold.
There is a constant that is lined through all of the confusion. If black voters do not vote, it’s nearly impossible for the “democratic” candidate to win. Remember those numbers describing black voter turn out in 2012? 2016?
The black vote is certainly golden. Now that Biden has surrendered himself as the Presidential candidate, he’s going to have to dig. He’s going to have to inspire.