Many African Americans like to say in a flippant way that there's really no difference between Democrats and Republicans. While of course they agree on many things including not truly standing up for traditional marriage, here's just a few reasons why a progressive, liberal, or any person left of center especially an African American should support Dems over Republicans;
- the party has taken the lead from Harrt Truman through LBJ, through Jommy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Obama in supporting equal rights and equal access to power in all areas of American life. So much so that the racists that used to dominate the party have migrated historically and electorally to the Republican Party since Richard Nixon's southern strategy
-Democrats support big government programs that have and continue to help AA's in two ways. As recipients and as federal employees. Government work has been the best avenue to the middle class for blacks. Republicans have made it a mission to cut government at all levels which would hurt blacks disporportionately.
-Democrats have fully integrated blacks into party. So much so that they turned their back on the wife of a beloved former President to select and elect an African American President of the United States.
-with a few exceptions (school choice) if something is good for the masses of blacks Dems support it, and Reps are against it. From more education funding, universal healthcare, housing programs,environmental laws for clean air and water, safety rules for jobs and products, affirmative action in education and the workplace, government backed small business loans, criminal justice reform, etc.
just to reiterate we have a black President thanks to Democrats. He has genuine ties to the black cimmunity. He is not just a person with black skin. His election has changed the paychology of a nation so that young African Americans can reasonably think any position in society is possible.
It's cute to say there's no difference but the thousands who got help with mortgages, the thousands still working in auto industry, the millions of students who get more help to go to college, the millions with heslthcare for first time, the ten of thousands of soldiers not in combat duty, and on and on would have a different perspective if Republicans had won in 2008 and 2012.