He Didn't Give Us Anything: Reagan's rhetoric fails to impress blacks

The President's rhetoric fails to impress blacks

It was the toughest audience the Great Communicator had faced since taking the oath of office. At most, 10% of the nation's black voters cast ballots for Ronald Reagan last year, and the President has done nothing since then to gain their confidence. Of the 450 top jobs in his Administration, only about 15 have gone to blacks, and his budget cuts will most immediately and severely affect the nation's poor, who are disproportionately black.

Thus, when the President last week addressed 3,200 delegates to the annual...

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