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Wash. Post: Blacks' Angst With Obama Poses Challenge for Hillary

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 11:29 PM

Dissatisfaction among many African Americans toward President Barack Obama has posed a dilemma for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: If eight years of having a black man in the White House has not substantively helped African Americans, then how can she?

"At least with Obama, he gave pride to our young men and was a good role model," Daniel Cobb Jr., 73, the owner of Happy Jack’s Grocery and Market in Jacksonville, Florida, told The Washington Post. "Hillary needs to prove to us that she’s genuine and really true.

"And I’m not even sure that would help," Cobb added. "We’ve been snake-bitten too many times before."

Clinton aides tell the Post that she plans to build on the multi-ethnic coalition that supported Obama in 2008 and 2012.

By running to be the first female president, Clinton will also try to generate Obama-like vigor among new voters — those who were too young to support the president or have not previously been involved with politics, the Post reports.

In recent weeks, Clinton has addressed issues that concern African Americans, particularly those who live in urban areas — starting with comments in April during the Baltimore protests after the death of Freddie Gray that high incarceration rates of black men affected their communities.

She vowed, the Post reports, to "deliver real reforms that can be felt on our streets, in our courthouses, and our jails and prisons, in communities too long neglected," in what was considered her first major policy speech.

Last week, the former secretary of state called for universal voter registration, hoping to reach out to minority advocacy groups who charge that Republican-backed voter-ID laws have kept blacks and Hispanics from the polls.

The efforts by Clinton seek to signal that she can speak out and act more boldly than Obama, whom the Post said felt political pressure while running to tread lightly around racial issues.

Campaign officials told the Post that Clinton has enlisted many African Americans in top positions and plans, while seeking out local leaders nationwide to boost her support.

"She is focusing on exactly the right issues," the Rev. Lee Harris of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church told the Post. "But here in Jacksonville, the issues won’t be enough."

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