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A Third Party: The Choice for the African-American Masses

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In the many months since the 2008 presidential election, an increasing number of those within the African-American community have begun to question whether the electing of the United States first African-American President, Barack Obama, has functioned to yield any significant results in regard to remedying the abject condition of many of the group's members.

Expressions of discontent have emerged from prominent members of the African-American family, as long time Civil Rights activist Dorothy Wright Tillman as well as Glen Ford, editor of Black Agenda Report; have openly charged that the Obama Administration has been neglectful in substantively addressing the dire economic state of Black America.

Similar echoes have also long surfaced from those within the Congressional Black Caucus. Both Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), have publicly, criticized the White House for its perceived inattention to the egregious plight of many of the citizens existing in the largely African-American Districts these and other officials represent.

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Not only has the Obama Administration been viewed by some as seemingly apathetic in regard to its commitment toward contending with the deplorable condition of much of the African-American populace, but so too has the party in which this figure emerged, received such scrutiny.

New York City, African-American activists, Attorney Alton Maddox Jr. and City Councilmember Charles Barron, have each asserted that for years the Democratic Party has delivered very little in return for the considerable loyalty Americans of African descent have rendered to the institution.

Additionally, Councilman Barron has suggested the Democratic Party not only takes Black voters for granted, but that it subsequently represents only a marginally better political option by which this group may realize gain, in relation to the party of the Republicans.

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Resultantly, both leaders - along with other local activists - have organized many within the state's numerous African-American communities in forming a third party.

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