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The frustrations of a black Republican



Mitt Romney today announced his Black Leadership Council and two of three of the national co-chairs are from Florida, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and U.S. Rep. Allen West. The third is U.S. Rep. Tom Scott of South Carolina.

Meanwhile, take a look at a provactive NewsMax column by Broward GOP activist Clarence McKee about how intolerant Democratic African-Americans are with Republican African-Americans like him:

...It’s sad how blacks tear down other blacks just because they have different political viewpoints. I have not heard or seen:

  • Hispanic Democrats demeaning Hispanic Republicans
  • Democrats of Indian ancestry calling Republican Govs. Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley “traitors” because they are Republicans
  • Jewish Democrats calling Jewish Republicans disgusting names
  • Racist or ethnic jokes, cartoons or vicious comments about Hispanic or Jewish Republicans in the media.

...My message to blacks:

  • If you want to continue having no political leverage, stay with the Democrats.
  • If you want to be in a party that supports abortion on demand, partial birth abortions and Planned Parenthood where black babies are killed at what some have called “genocidal rates,” stay with the Democrats.
  • If you want to be in a party that has tolerated deplorable black graduation rates; joined with teachers’ unions in fighting accountability, vouchers and choice for parents whose children are trapped in failing urban schools, stay with the Democrats.

In other words, continue to “make the Democrats’ day.”

Blacks are not alone in being responsible for the low participation in the Republican Party — the party also bears some responsibility. Black outreach, as it was practiced during the Reagan/Bush, and Bush/Cheney eras has all but disappeared. There are few, if any, “Jack Kemps” who preach inclusiveness, not just for Hispanics, but also for blacks.

Republicans should take a page out of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s playbook of inclusion and outreach as he practiced in word and deed during his terms as governor.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 11:12am]


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