I have read that the black community have similar values as conservatives. Also, they have been voting for the democrats for the past 50 years and their situation has only been getting worse. I believe part of the problem is that it is too easy for dems and black leaders to point to the other party and say "see, they're racist". I think we need to get rid of the party system. Imagine two candidates running without an R ,D, or I after their names. Everyone would have to vote based on what they know about that candidates values, beliefs, and voting record, not just based on the fact they belong to a particular party. I know this would not get rid of the entire problem, but would be a great place to begin.