Black Voters in South Carolina Disappointed and Frustrated with President Biden’s First Year in Office

Supporters cheered former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in Sumter, S.C., on Friday. / Credit…Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times

Black voters in South Carolina helped reenergize Joe Biden’s struggling presidential campaign during the 2020 primary, leading to his eventual victory. But now, one year into his term, some of those voters are expressing frustration that the president hasn’t delivered on all of his promises yet.

Many say they’re disappointed, in particular, with the failure by Democrats to pass key voting rights legislation in the Senate. The caucus on Wednesday night tried to advance two bills, the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, but Republicans blocked their effort.

Helen Bradley, a retired community activist, said that she doesn’t think Biden has fought hard enough for the priorities of the Black community.

“I don’t think he has done that and I’m hoping that he’ll make a change. He has time to do it,” she said. “I don’t think he’s delivered on all the promises that he made.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, Rebecca Shabad and Kristen Welker