Teresa Moore said she was ashamed to admit that she considered not voting in the last presidential election because she had found "invalid" elections. Her husband advised her to “make a list of options and vote.”
Moore, meanwhile, said he had considered the proposals and researched the candidates' plans and decided on Joe Biden, "because he promised he would not forget black people once he took office."
After nearly a year of looking at Biden's office in office, Moore said he was not enthusiastic about his vote and was concerned about the commitment of his superiors to live up to his campaign promises.
"I do not want to judge immediately," said Moore, 47, a labor specialist in the Chicago suburb, "but I can't say I'm happy with what I've seen. what I have seen for Black people. ”
"But again," said Moore, "Republicans will not support anything [Biden] wants to do to help us without fighting or rejection. Moreover, he does not get enough support from his party. So although I am disappointed, I know what is really going on. It is not his fault."
Moore's disagreement reflects the sentiments of many black Americans who hoped they would now find laws that would improve their lives. Biden's approval rate has plummeted in recent months, especially amid growing concerns about inflation, immigration and Covid-19.
Biden's approval among black Americans remains higher than among voters in general. According to the Politico / Morning Consult poll of 1,998 voters released this month, 58 percent of black respondents said they approved Biden's performance as president, compared to 43 percent of all voters.
However, Biden's approval among black voters has been declining throughout the year. A survey conducted by HIT Strategies showed that 48 percent of black voters said that in November Biden addressed their needs, compared to 66 percent of respondents in June. The survey reported a sample error limit of 3.1 points.
Black people are deeply concerned that two bills that have become the basis of a black-centered policy - the John R. Lewis Voting Act of 2021 and the George Floyd Justice Act in the Policing Act - have not reached the Senate after graduation. House of Democracy this year. At the same time, critics also allow Biden to have a success checklist that, although not specifically for Black people, serves their interests.
Marc Moral, president and CEO of the National Urban League, said Biden had done a historic job that affected black Americans. That, he said, has gone deep under the radar.
"I will go back strongly to the view that the Biden administration did not do enough for black people," Morial said. He and seven other civil rights leaders met with Biden twice this year to lay the groundwork for a number of issues that they wanted the authorities to address in order to help black Americans.
Master pointed to Biden's Cabinet, one of the most racially diverse in the history of the presidency, and the "largest number of African American judges" appointed on the party's bench. According to the Brookings Institution, Biden has 22 Black members in his administration, including Michael S. Regan, the first black person to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Donald Trump had three Black members in his Cabinet; Barack Obama was 34 years old.
"The president has been asked by the American Rescue Plan to include provisions for racial equality and to ensure that money goes to cities, not just the provinces, where we have black mayors," Morial said. "The president and his team and Congress have done just that. The president has been asked to integrate a comprehensive infrastructure program that provides racial equity, including broadband, including water systems, so that we can tackle problems such as Flint, Michigan. The president and his team presented that. ”
Biden last month signed the Double Investment Infrastructure and Jobs Act, a major achievement that is expected to have a significant impact on clean water, roads and bridges and online assistance to marginalized black communities, paving the way for better health care and employment opportunities, among others. benefits.
He also signed the American Rescue Plan, a bill to provide emergency care related to the coronavirus epidemic. The program is also designed to increase access to wealth creation through small business ownership in Black communities. Biden has instructed state-owned enterprises to use state contract authority to increase their purchases in small black-owned enterprises by 50 percent disadvantaged.
Part of the plan is about making drastic regulatory changes to help black Americans own and occupy their homes as a result of the impact of the epidemic, the White House argues.
Biden also signed an administrative directive in October to expand and improve the educational opportunities of Black people, from childhood to college. It also proposes to end discriminatory practices that limit access to education and increase financial aid to black colleges and universities long ago.