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What is Byron York Talking About?

April 30, 2009

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The Washington Examiner’s Byron York discusses “The black-white divide in Obama’s popularity.”  Sounds like it’d be an insightful analysis of the cultural deltas between two distinct groups and the resultant perception of the current president, no?

On his 100th day in office, Barack Obama enjoys high job approval ratings, no matter what poll you consult. But if a new survey by the New York Times is accurate, the president and some of his policies are significantly less popular with white Americans than with black Americans, and his sky-high ratings among African-Americans make some of his positions appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are.

Wait a minute.  Let’s take a look at the last part of that paragraph again.

…His sky-high ratings among African-Americans make some of his positions appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are.

Emphasis mine.

So, apparently the opinions of African-Americans skew reality.

How can that sentence be read in any other way than, “If it weren’t for the African-Americans, Obama’s real ratings would be lower?”

Or to put it even more bluntly, “What black folk think doesn’t matter as much as what white folk think?”

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