The year began with Republicans talking minority outreach.
But seven months have passed and now a new poll shows Republicans generally view President Barack Obama less favorably than George Zimmerman, the man who shot an unarmed black teen from Miami Gardens in a case that African-Americans nationally view as racial.
“The African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away,” Obama said the Friday before last, disclosing that he had felt the sting of racial prejudice and profiling.
“Those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida.”
Hispanics, too, have a different historical experience from non-Hispanic whites when it comes to another issue: immigration.