Black voters in South Carolina feel Democratic Party has 'failed them,' strategists warn

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Democratic strategists and more warned that Black voters in South Carolina were questioning their Democratic Party loyalty, Politico reported on Tuesday, as President Biden continues to suffer from weak poll numbers.

Politico detailed conversations with several Democrats in South Carolina as well as Democratic strategists about the Black vote. The outlet reported that the group of Democrats were concerned that Black voters were drifting from the Democratic Party all together.

Marcurius Byrd, a Democratic strategist who founded the Young Democrats of the Central Midlands and worked on Marianne Williamson's campaign, told the outlet that some Black business owners were frustrated over the focus on racial issues.

"We’re treating them like their only issue is racial issues, and not all of us, but to some extent some of us have moved past that," he said. He also said Black people were becoming "more educated."

"As Black people are becoming more and more educated, the monolith that we once were is dispersing, so we’re needing more and more different things," Byrd said.

Dylan Gunnels, the young Democrats' chapter president, told the outlet that some Black voters feel the Democratic Party has "failed them."

"I think we’re seeing that in the numbers from these polls," he added.

A group of Black voters revealed a similar feeling to New York Times reporter Astead Herndon. "I honestly feel that the Democratic Party has forgot about the Black male," one Black voter said.

Jeremy Jones, a Democratic Party official from Lexington County, South Carolina, told Politico that the appeal of Former President Donald Trump was only part of the issue. He said some Black people who saw Trump's name on stimulus checks believed he got something done "for the Black community."... (Read more)