The first indication was Hillary Clinton’s low poll numbers among blacks throughout the presidential campaign, the lowest of any Democratic presidential candidate in decades.
Analysts and political operatives have offered a variety of reasons for the sizable decline in Democrat support from black voters, including Clinton’s inability to ‘energize’ her base, a lacking articulation of a clear message directed at African-American voters, and her general absence from rigorous campaigning in predominantly black areas.
But there are other, more specific and damaging factors that also came into play at the polls, many of them economic.
A Clinton presidency was essentially viewed as a third term of Barack Obama, under whom black unemployment has risen to double
that of whites, black home ownership has declined, and violent crime rates in cities like Chicago and Detroit are exploding.’