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Blacks aren't in lock step with everything President Obama says

As a black man, I was appalled by the thinly veiled racism in former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s commentary about African-American attitudes toward President Obama ("From pride to disillusionment: a black leader sours on Obama," March 17).

All black people are not of one mind, nor are Hispanics, Asians or whites. Mr. Ehrlich's proposition that a black man who once supported the president no longer supports him as strongly today is worthy of comment make sense only if the author believed that we all march to the president's drum, no matter what he says.

I voted for the president twice, but I don't agree with every one of his policies. I also voted for Sen. Ben Cardin, but I don't agree with everything he says either. Black people, like everyone else, are allowed to disagree with the president or even change their minds about his vision.

But Mr. Ehrlich seems to believe that this is big news. I'm willing to divulge the fact that I actually voted for him for governor in 2002, so I am quite able to make decisions that are not based on just partisan politics or race.

Shouldn't we all have that as a right, instead of being viewed as having one mind, one voice, one vision?

Kevin R. Blackwell, Halethorpe

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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