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€śWhen Obama was elected it was thrilling,â€ť says a man in the ad. â€śWhat has he done as president?â€ťa woman asks, saying that the president has cut support to black colleges and businesses. â€śAnd his support of gay marriage is a slap in the face to people of faith,â€ť she says.
Dave Shemwell, who runs Pivot Point, told theGrio that the president takes black voters for granted.
â€śOnce [Obama] got into office, he didnâ€™t pay any attention to the black community,â€ť 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€śa forgotten race.â€ť
â€śThe Democrats take it for granted. They donâ€™t put anything on the table, but they get our vote,â€ť he said. â€śFor all the votes theyâ€™re getting, they should have an agenda.â€ť
Perryman believes the opposite for the Republican Party, citing Romneyâ€™s NAACP speech.
â€śWhen he went to the NAACP and spoke, he talked about the conditions in our schools, in our communities,â€ť he said. â€śHe did make an appeal to African Americans, but weâ€™ve seen no such appeal coming from Obama.â€ť