Black voters turned out in record numbers in key swing states like Ohio to reelect President Barack Obama in 2012, and some of the nation’s most prominent black leaders are now demanding Obama pay back this support in his second term with policies that favor black and urban communities.
National Urban League President Marc Morial sent a letter to Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after the election, urging them to put "a special focus on those communities where unemployment is and remains stubbornly and persistently high."
"We who represent the nation’s urban communities will demand a seat at the table in these discussions," Morial wrote.
Al Sharpton met with Obama last week and said “the president heard us loud and clear” about raising taxes on those making over $250,000 during the fiscal cliff negotiations and not cutting spending on programs that impact the middle and working class.
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous also implied that Obama should raise taxes on the wealthy: “we need Republicans to think hard and to pull back from the cliff 98 percent of our families, who make up the bulk of this nation, from seeing our taxes being raised.”