Commentary: The Perils Of Taking The Black Vote For Granted

Days before the Democratic Convention, an expectant air filled Operation PUSH headquarters on Chicago's South Side. The Reverend Jesse Jackson was awaiting a phone call from the White House. The call finally came in around noon, and Jackson nearly jumped out of his seat to grab it. But as he was issuing a rather long-winded greeting, his face suddenly flushed with embarrassment. "The line is dead," Jackson fumed to his secretary, slamming down the phone. "I got cut off."

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