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Every Republican in Congress Fails Blacks (NAACP Report Card)
Afro ^ | 5/4/12 | George E. Curry

Posted on 05/07/2012 3:58:44 AM PDT by YourAdHere

The new NAACP Report Card for the first session of the 112th Congress is out and it shows that every graded Republican member of the House and Senate received an F on issues considered important to the nation’s oldest civil rights group.

In the Senate, all 46 GOP senators received Fs from NAACP. Of those, 34 voted against the NAACP’s position every time, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former presidential candidate John McCain. In the House, all 238 Republicans graded also received Fs. Although GOP House members have a reputation but being more conservative than their Senate colleagues, only 10 House Republicans voted against the NAACP every time.

In stark contrast to Republicans, 47 Democrats in the Senate earned As, three received Bs, one got a D and none received an F. The two independents in the Senate, Connecticut’s Joe Lieberman and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, received a B and an A, respectively.

In the House, all 238 Republicans graded earned an F. House Democrats voted like their counterparts in the Senate: 159 earned As, 22 got Bs, four earned Cs, one got a D and four received Fs.

I have been studying NAACP legislative report cards for a couple of decades and I can’t remember a time when Republicans in Congress have been this solidified in their hostility towards civil rights. About eight years ago, Republican Congresswoman Mary S. Leach of Iowa earned a C. More recently a couple of Republicans have earned Ds as the rest flunked.

In the session of Congress that lasted from Jan. 5, 2011 to Dec. 23, 2011, only one Republican – Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) – voted with the NAACP 40 percent of the time. The GOP’s so-called moderate senators – Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine – supported the NAACP 33 percent of the time.

The NAACP graded members of Congress on votes taken on such issues as repealing funding for health care reform, judicial nominations, deep budget cuts, job creation and criminal justice reform.

This NAACP Report Card should put to rest the lie that there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans. There is difference – a huge difference at that.

Even the Black Republican alternatives are not viable alternatives. Congressman Tim Scott of South Carolina backed the NAACP only 5 percent of the time. The only other Black House Republican, Allen B. West, also earned an F, supporting the NAACP 25 percent of the time.

It hasn’t always been this way. In fact, most Blacks voted Republican until switching to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Dwight D. Eisenhower received 39 percent of the Black vote in 1956. In his close election with John F. Kennedy in 1960, Blacks gave Richard Nixon 32 percent of their vote.

In the bygone years, the Republican Party had such moderates as New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, Mayor John Lindsey of New York City and Connecticut Sen. Lowell Weicker. It even had Black Republicans who fought for civil rights. But the GOP began the political equivalent of ethnic cleansing in 1964 with the nomination of Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who made an open appeal to segregationists. Goldwater’s “Southern Strategy” went up with flames, with Blacks giving Lyndon Johnson 94 percent of their vote.

Over the last half century, GOP moderates, such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell have either been pushed out of the party or marginalized. Moderates have been replaced by rabid Tea Party activists who have pushed an already conservative party to the extreme right.

The voting records of Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress illustrate the gap in support of African-Americans in the two parties. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, earned an A on the NAACP Report Card (93 percent) as did Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin (100 percent). Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, got an F (zero percent support of the NAACP). So did Assistant Minority Leader John Kyl of Arizona (zero percent).

All Democratic leaders in the House earned As: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (100 percent), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (100 percent), Assistant Democratic Whip James Clyburn (100 percent) and Democratic Caucus Chair John Lucas (95 percent).

Each Republican leader in the house, on the other hand, got Fs: Majority Leader Eric Cantor (5 percent), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (10 percent), Republican Conference Chair Jeb Hensarling (5 percent) and Republican Policy Committee Chair Tom Price (5 percent).

In 2004, the Republican Party announced a goal of quadrupling its share of the Black vote to 25 percent. It has obviously abandoned that goal.

The Republican Party’s hostility to civil rights reminds me of a comment made by the father of former GOP Congressman J.C. Watts, an African-American from Oklahoma. His father said a Black voting Republican is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afro; naacp

1 posted on 05/07/2012 3:58:53 AM PDT by YourAdHere
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To: YourAdHere
This article is a sham.

Maybe it isn't as much Republicans changed as the things the NAACP supports have changed. It's easy for everyone to vote for equal voting rights or an end to forced segregation. It's impossible for a person of conscience to vote for taking one person's money in the guise of redistribution and reparations.

2 posted on 05/07/2012 4:04:30 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: YourAdHere

This is the first positive news I’ve read about the republicans this election cycle. If there were any adults on the left they would realize that these finding say much more about the government teat-suckers than it does about republicans. The NAACP long ago lost any credibility or relevance outside of the marxist Disneyland that is DC.


3 posted on 05/07/2012 4:04:49 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: YourAdHere

I’d like to know what “issues” are considered for blacks and against blacks. It would be interesting to see how that would break down.

Would it be more handouts and welfare? Is it more “hate crime” legislation?


4 posted on 05/07/2012 4:06:06 AM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: YourAdHere

What is now called “Civil Rights” by blacks has become “whachu gonna gimme”? If you are not handing taxpayer money over to them, you are a “Racist”.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 4:06:22 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: YourAdHere

It must be summertime down south again. The NAACP is out in front of that old Democratic plantation house singing those old songs we love so well.


6 posted on 05/07/2012 4:07:46 AM PDT by Hans
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To: YourAdHere

NO specifics at all.
Just more lefty BS.


7 posted on 05/07/2012 4:08:45 AM PDT by Flintlock (THE TRUTH: It's the new hate speech..)
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To: YourAdHere
Republicans in Congress have been this solidified in their hostility towards civil rights...The NAACP graded members of Congress on votes taken on such issues as repealing funding for health care reform, judicial nominations, deep budget cuts, job creation and criminal justice reform

Odd that they didn't grade them on any civil rights.

8 posted on 05/07/2012 4:09:38 AM PDT by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: muir_redwoods

Good point.


9 posted on 05/07/2012 4:10:15 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Spike Lee's films are boring and unoriginal.)
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To: YourAdHere

The NAACP does not represent blacks, but enslaves black interests to the white, socialist agenda.

Once you understand that, this article starts to make sense.


10 posted on 05/07/2012 4:11:25 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: YourAdHere

11 posted on 05/07/2012 4:16:06 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq <font finger=middle>)
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To: YourAdHere

NAACP = SEIU


12 posted on 05/07/2012 4:16:06 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: traditional1
What is now called “Civil Rights” by blacks has become “whachu gonna gimme”? If you are not handing taxpayer money over to them, you are a “Racist”.

Which is the precise reason why we conservatives need to drop the phobia of being called a racist. We need to reject and fight back against the "civil rights" industry. At one time the issue legitimately was "civil rights". Not any longer. We need to reject the entire narrative by not observing guilt events such as Martin Luther King day or Black History Month or overkill of the Jackie Robinson commemoration (i.e every ball team in every ball park retiring number 42 or every player wearing number 42 on April 13)The first way to fight back is to boycott these "guilt trips" which now have worked their way into the mainstream culture because they are springboard for demanding more money and more political power.

13 posted on 05/07/2012 4:22:48 AM PDT by Sir_Humphrey (Is it too late to save the country?)
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To: YourAdHere
Receiving a failing grade from a racist organization should be a point of pride for every Pub Congressman.

Congratulations to them for that!

14 posted on 05/07/2012 4:33:53 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: YourAdHere
naacp is a racist and bigoted scam group and nothing more. They are racists that are supported by racists and for racists.

LLS

15 posted on 05/07/2012 4:40:01 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Pray hard and often!)
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To: YourAdHere
They should change their name to.....

Hypocrites looking for something to be outraged over

Or

The Manufactured outrage du jour crowd

16 posted on 05/07/2012 4:45:27 AM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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National Association for the Advancement of Race Hustling Poverty Pimps (NAARHPP)


17 posted on 05/07/2012 4:49:59 AM PDT by Blado ((Obama's brain is a coprolite from the Late Soviet Era))
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To: Sir_Humphrey

Actually....true “black history” would expose the democrat party as the party of the KKK, Jim Crow, Bull Connor, segregation..etc.

I’m not sure exactly when they managed to convince all these blacks they had nothing to do with these evils...but they did a great job didn’t they?

I’m all for black history!!! Let’s re-examine the democrat party’s role in how they have “helped” blacks!


18 posted on 05/07/2012 4:53:29 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: YourAdHere

Every member of NAACP fails the nation, fails the poor, and fails the very minorities they claim to champion. They only thing they champion is permanent indentured servitude of blacks to the government and lots of goodies for black “leaders” who, by the way, appointed themselves.


19 posted on 05/07/2012 4:58:11 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Sir_Humphrey

Excellent response.


20 posted on 05/07/2012 5:10:11 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Spike Lee's films are boring and unoriginal.)
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To: YourAdHere

And year after year, blacks vote overwhelminghly democratic. Why on earth should republicans be expected to do anything for blacks when they’ll just take whatever repulblicans do for them, not say thank you and vote democratic. What nonsense.


21 posted on 05/07/2012 5:23:51 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Sir_Humphrey

I agree but along with not running away from ‘racist’ we also have to not back away or wince at being white. All this BS about “I don’t care about being color” or ‘I’m colorblind’. Race is used quite effectivly as a batteringram all the while advancing an anti-white agenda.


22 posted on 05/07/2012 5:35:17 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: YourAdHere

The leftist aka progressives have told Black Americans for 60 yrs. That White America owes then for slavery. This constant rant of racism is creating a very dangerous situation.


23 posted on 05/07/2012 5:37:25 AM PDT by DMG2FUN
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To: YourAdHere
330,000 White Union servicemen died between the years 1861-1865 due mainly because the Radical Abolitionist Republicans interfered and had undue influence on the execution of the war. Hundreds of thousands of servicemen were wounded and subject to military connected diseases and suffered throughout remainder of their lives, Hundreds of thousands of families were left without fathers, sons, husbands and suffered untold hardships.
Those are your Reparations,
258,000 white Confederates Military died during the 1861-1865 time frame. Hundreds of thousands of servicemen were wounded and subject to military connected diseases and suffered throughout remainder of their lives, Hundreds of thousands of families were left without fathers, sons, husbands and suffered untold hardships. In addition the Southern civilians were subjected as to harsh measures almost as bad as the Nazi's inflicted on Poland and Russia.
That is your Retribution. Now go to HELL.
24 posted on 05/07/2012 5:39:21 AM PDT by BilLies ( The Ass.Press ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , PBS etc., hate your Loyal American guts!))
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To: YourAdHere
Feed em fishheads!

If they want to claim dual continality, maybe they should move to the continent that sold them into slavery in the first place!

25 posted on 05/07/2012 5:57:04 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Mister Da
only one Republican – Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) – voted with the NAACP 40 percent of the time.
26 posted on 05/07/2012 5:57:04 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: YourAdHere

And.....what about rating Obama? American Blacks, under Obama are worse off today, then what they have been in the last fifty years. Too bad they are too brainwashed to see really where they are, and what they have become, lap dogs for the controlled state. Listening to their so-called leaders and Obama, they will be adrift at sea for the next fifty years. Sad!!! ABO. Anybody But Obama.


27 posted on 05/07/2012 6:04:52 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: YourAdHere

White people ended slavery on this continent, where else has that occurred? Blacks are the most racist American sub-culture in existence and they will again vote 90+% as a block to support their mulatto President as proof of that.

The fact that Republican CongressWeasels recognize this is only slightly hopeful. There’s certainly no reason for them to do anything for Blacks, since they’ll never get their vote. There’s also no reason to think they’ll ever have the cajones to speak the truth about it. If Republicans can ever be in charge again is there any hope that Affirmative Action will be eliminated? Very unlikely. AA = officially sanctioned government racism against white males = 50 years of failed public policy.

I won’t play nice in that area anymore. I will be as racist as anyone else w.r.t USA blacks. For example, if I go to a Dr. I’m not going to accept the AA promoted one, I’ll look for one who succeeded on merit.

If I really write what I think here JR would probably need to remove my account....


28 posted on 05/07/2012 6:13:35 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: tomkat

PERFECT.

I could not care less what the NAACP thinks.

They have done more to promote “plantation” think in Black America over the years than anyone. Black America is now held captive by the NCAAP/Democrat Plantation.


29 posted on 05/07/2012 6:31:20 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: tomkat

PERFECT.

I could not care less what the NAACP thinks.

They have done more to promote “plantation” think in Black America over the years than anyone. Black America is now held captive by the NCAAP/Democrat Plantation.


30 posted on 05/07/2012 6:31:30 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: tomkat

PERFECT.

I could not care less what the NAACP thinks.

They have done more to promote “plantation” think in Black America over the years than anyone. Black America is now held captive by the NCAAP/Democrat Plantation.


31 posted on 05/07/2012 6:31:34 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: rawcatslyentist

Agreed.


32 posted on 05/07/2012 6:42:59 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Spike Lee's films are boring and unoriginal.)
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To: YourAdHere

Well I remember Newt went to meet, Jesse Jackson ass leader of blacks after the Republicans won with their contract with America win. Black conservatives were fit to be tied. So the NAACP is right and Republicans are wrong.


33 posted on 05/07/2012 6:45:42 AM PDT by the_daug
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To: the_daug

I mean the Republicans need to stop pandering it is so demeaning.


34 posted on 05/07/2012 7:01:47 AM PDT by the_daug
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To: the_daug

Change.


35 posted on 05/07/2012 7:55:46 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Spike Lee's films are boring and unoriginal.)
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