African Americans vote overwhelmingly for Democrats in presidential elections, but a political action committee called Pivot Point PAC is airing a series of ads on BET that urge African American voters to support Mitt Romney.
â€œWhen Obama was elected it was thrilling,â€ says a man in the ad. â€œWhat has he done as president?â€a woman asks, saying that the president has cut support to black colleges and businesses. â€œAnd his support of gay marriage is a slap in the face to people of faith,â€ she says.
Dave Shemwell, who runs Pivot Point, told theGrio that the president takes black voters for granted.
â€œOnce [Obama] got into office, he didnâ€™t pay any attention to the black community,â€ he said.
To make sure his message to African Americans would get across effectively, Shemwell partnered with Reverend Wayne Perryman, a local black evangelical pastor in Washington. The author of Whites, Blacks & Racist Democrats and activist for black issues echoed the same idea, calling the black community â€œa forgotten race.â€
â€œThe Democrats take it for granted. They donâ€™t put anything on the table, but they get our vote,â€ he said. â€œFor all the votes theyâ€™re getting, they should have an agenda.â€
Perryman believes the opposite for the Republican Party, citing Romneyâ€™s NAACP speech.
â€œWhen he went to the NAACP and spoke, he talked about the conditions in our schools, in our communities,â€ he said. â€œHe did make an appeal to African Americans, but weâ€™ve seen no such appeal coming from Obama.â€