The black vote is important because it represents the behavior of a group of people whose voting power had been denied for many years, both by political mandate and by threat of physical violence. However, the black vote is unique because African American voting behavior is intrinsically rooted in the people's history.
Since the Reconstruction, the general behavior of blacks is to vote in block, either for one party or the other. Until
Roosevelt came into the presidency and began the New Deal, blacks were committed to the Republican Party.
So what happened? Looking back at the 2008 presidential elections, where blacks voted overwhelmingly Democrat, the question still remains: Just what went wrong or has changed?
Tonight we'll break it down with a robust panel of guests representative of Democrats, Republican, and Independents. Most notably to present the case for the Republican party, will be Lenny McAllister, the Hip Hop Republican. Central to our discussion is the question: Which party today, best represents the interest of black
? Tonight, our guests will all make their best case for the parties with whom they identify. America