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From the Washington Times:

Recent polls show a sharp contrast between black and white voters’ approval of D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s job performance, with the majority of blacks disapproving, suggesting that racial tensions remain beneath the District’s liberal veneer.

Local political observers say that Mr. Fenty’s style and approach to governance, and his priorities on cultural issues, play less well with black residents, who traditionally see city government as helping them and view Mr. Fenty as a failure on those grounds.

“I think black people look at government as the entity that intervenes on behalf of those who have frequently been disadvantaged,” said Howard University associate professor Greg Carr, who chairs the school’s Afro-American Studies department. “To them, [Mr. Fenty] represents the elites, those who already have power.”

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