Perhaps the real answer to this paradox is that Obama has artificially created a reason for minorities to like him. Obama has stoked the racial divide since taking office in order to make minorities think racism is prevalent, and that he is speaking out about it because he cares. The truth is the opposite. Obama goes out of his way to strategically create and heighten racial controversies. After Hispanic George Zimmerman shot 17-year old black Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, Obama could have given a speech to the country assuring Americans that the shooting was not likely a result of racism, and if it was, it was an isolated incident that should be used to heal race relations.
Instead, Obama had Attorney General Eric Holder deliver a public statement on April 11, 2012 to the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network before many of the facts had come out and before the prosecution had commenced. He said,“Many of you are greatly — and rightly — concerned about the recent shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages. If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action, and at every step, the facts and law will guide us forward.”
A month after the shooting, Obama heightened racial tensions even more, saying during an appearance in the Rose Garden, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." Considering it has never been clear who was the real victim in the shooting, for Obama to take sides and allude to Martin being a part of his own family sent a strong message to both blacks and whites – blacks should defend blacks against whites, even if they might be guilty.
After black Harvard law professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested for breaking into his own house after being locked out, Obama told reporters that “the Cambridge police acted stupidly” in arresting Gates. The police reported a different version of events than the account from Gates, stating that Gates refused to speak to police when they asked what he was doing, and initially refused to even provide identification. Obama should have avoided saying anything about the incident, or said something to bring people together instead of blaming the police. Even the liberal New York Times admitted that Obama's response “represented an extraordinary plunge by a president into a local law-enforcement dispute.“
Another reason minorities may be ignoring their worsening economic condition under Obama is because he is telling them the opposite is true. As unemployment increases, he tells them he has created more jobs. As their homes are foreclosed upon, he brags about new government programs for homeowners, which rarely come to fruition and are little more than smoke and mirrors. He tells minorities that he has healed race relations as president, when he has fomented them.
Obama is responsible for the most racially polarized electorate since 1988. No doubt as a result of his blatant racial pandering, fewer whites supported him in 2012 than in 2008. Exit polls revealed that 4% fewer whites voted for Obama in 2012 than in 2008.
The saddest part about this paradox is that many of the minorities who voted to re-elect Obama will lose their jobs under him. The layoffs began immediately after Obama won re-election. There have been over 100,000 layoffs from more than 125 companies so far, including 15,000 from Hostess, the maker of Twinkies. Ironically, many of the layoffs are occurring in the healthcare industry, due to the unaffordability of Obamacare.