After a clear victory last week, many are referring to the re-election of President Obama as a mandate. With 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206, it is not clear what else to call it. While many are jubilant about the election results, let us not forget a key constituency that made the Obama re-election possible: African Americans.
There are many who are elated about the election results, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, let it not be lost in the equation the very critical work that has to be done now that this contest has been decided. It is time to take a critical look at how President Obama relates to the Black community. To do that, this constituency must reshape the conversation around the question of African-American demands on the first Black President. In order to do this, three key things need to occur.