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Dem Lawmaker: We Need To ‘Wake Up’ And Pay Attention To Black Community

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

A Congressional Black Caucus member urged his fellow Democrats to start paying more attention to the needs of the black community, a key voting block in elections, Friday.

Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver argued the Democratic Party has ignored black voters for too long and needs to come up with better strategies at outreach, reports The Hill.

“We’ve got to become better people with a message,” Cleaver told The Hill. “The problem has been that the party has failed miserably at getting its message out to the people it helps the most. They have got to come up with a much better system of communicating what it stands for.”

Various Democrats and other political strategists have pointed out how the Democratic Party has failed to properly reach out to black voters after they came out in full force to vote for Alabama Democrat Senator elect Doug Jones in the special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat. Black women, especially, helped propel Jones to Washington, D.C.

“We’ve had meetings, countless meetings, with the political arms of our party and we would go away wondering if we were heard. And not only were we not heard, we were ignored,” Cleaver said, adding that he remained “cautiously optimistic” that the Democratic Party would re-vamp their outreach to better target black voters.

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