Gary Younge goes to Roanoke, VA, and talks to Black leaders who say Obama could generate even more supportf he taps into the grassroots. Volunteers with no local knowledge will not get through to their community
The issue is that some of the city’s black leaders feel the Obama campaign is unnecessarily alienating members of the black community because it is ignoring their local knowledge and connections. "I don’t think it’s intentional," explains Virginia House delegate Onzlee Ware, who has a good relationship with the local campaign. "But sometimes intentions are not really the issue. Some black people have felt a little left out."