Skip to comments.5 Reasons There Are So Few Black Americans In The Republican Party
Posted on 09/07/2012 10:18:06 AM PDT by Kaslin
How is it that the party of Lincoln, a party that led the way in opposing slavery, Jim Crow laws, lynching, the KKK, poll taxes, led the way on integration and voting rights for black Americans, and percentage wise, voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act in greater numbers than Democrats is now only getting about 10% of the black vote? Democrats say racism, but any objective observer would quickly discard that explanation given the significant number of popular black Republicans. If even a large percentage of Republicans were racist, certainly Allen West, Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele, Tim Scott, Mia Love, Condi Rice, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Star Parker, and Larry Elder couldn't exist, much less be popular with conservatives. Additionally, although Republicans don't support Affirmative Action, very few black Americans actually benefit from it and many are harmed as well.
So, why are Republicans doing so poorly with black Americans?
1) Economics: Black Americans are suffering economically compared to the rest of the country. "In 2009, the average net worth for white households was $113,149 and $5,700 for black households." 14.1% of black Americans are unemployed compared to 7.4 percent of whites and "black households median annual income fell" more than twice as much over the last two years as white Americans.
Since black Americans have been monolithically voting for the Democratic Party for 40 years, those numbers are actually a terrific argument for voting Republican. Unfortunately, as a practical matter, it doesn't work that way. People who are doing poorly economically tend to welcome any short term help they can get, even if the increased dependence on the government ultimately makes it more likely that they'll remain mired in poverty. Combine that with the fact that black Americans are dramatically over-represented amongst government workers (11.6% of the population vs. almost 20% of the government work force) and there are strong short term incentives for many black Americans to stay in the Democratic Party even if they'd ultimately benefit more from adopting a more conservative philosophy.
2) The skin color of the speakers: One of the great ironies of the race debate in America is that Republicans have internalized Martin Luther King's famous saying, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," while most black Americans have rejected it. This creates a bit of a Catch-22 for Republicans. Black Americans are much more likely to listen and consider what black Republicans have to say, but there just aren't a lot of black Republicans to say it. This is a problem that's slowly, but surely being corrected as more and more black Americans are rising to prominence within the GOP, but we're just not there yet.
3) Racism culture: Even black Americans who are extremely prosperous and have never been significantly harmed by racism in their lives feel compelled to talk about America as if Democrats like George Wallace and Bull Connor were still running wild. There are three reasons for that.
A) It's at the core of the Democrats political strategy in dealing with black Americans. No matter how poorly served black Americans are by the Democrats, they won't listen to what Republicans have to say with an open mind if they're falsely convinced we hate them.
B) If you say that racism is no longer a serious problem for black Americans, then there still has to be some sort of explanation given for why black Americans aren't doing that well compared to white Americans. Many black Americans fear that other Americans might conclude that the old school Democratic racists were right and they are inferior. This is why pointing out that racism isn't a serious impediment for black Americans today can almost come across like a slap, as opposed to a plain statement of obvious fact.
C) Shouting "racism" is easy and it doesn't require you to do anything other than complain. Tackling other issues that are hurting black Americans like children being born out of wedlock and out of control crime in the inner cities is really hard.
Most Republicans do not consider racism to be a significant impediment to success anymore and that puts us up against a deeply ingrained, shared cultural belief with black Americans.
4) Outreach: That last item is the biggest factor in the GOP's mediocre, almost but not quite, non-existent outreach to black Americans. White Republicans assume what they say will be de facto ignored because of their race at best or they'll be called a racist no matter what they say at worst. Moreover, most Republicans have an almost instinctive dislike of identity politics that keeps us from creating a conservative NAACP and hiring our own Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons to push the conservative message to black Americans. So, the solution to this problem has been to do very little outreach and hope that black Americans will just drift into the Republican Party on their own. Judging by the number of black Americans voting for the GOP, this strategy isn't working and isn't likely to work in the foreseeable future.
5) Issues: The Republican Party is on the same page as most black Americans on "abortion, gay marriage, and being friendly to Christianity. Many black Americans also agree with the conservative stance on illegal immigration, school choice, being tough on crime, and supporting entrepreneurs." We have to do a better job of working with black Americans in areas where our interests coincide instead of expecting them to come to us. We also have to start using conservative principles to address issues that disproportionately impact black Americans. We need to find ways to implement enterprise zones and micro-loans to help black Americans in inner cities. It's also a disgrace that any American, in any neighborhood, has to worry about getting shot in his yard or drug dealers selling on the corner where his kids go to school. We're the law and order party. We should be effectively tackling that the way Rudy Giuliani did in New York. It's not enough for Republicans to say, "Look at the places we agree." As John Maxwell once said, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." We have to show black Americans we care, not just with words, but by rolling up our sleeves and tackling the issues the Democrat Party has been ignoring for decades.
Nicki Minaj endorsed Mitt Romney though. :P
A lot of African Americans are anti-military, or have a criminal record so bad that they disqualified themselves for military service.
As long as affirmative action is the law of the land the core of the Republican party (white men) shouldn’t waste their time with an outreach to people who prefer to be coddled as inferiors. Blacks that understand the destructive force of the “soft bigotry of lowered expectations” are probably Republicans already (or making a living peddling victimhood).
...thinking Lincoln was a Democrat.
...thinking Democrats pushed through Civil Rights over the objects of Republicans.
I was under the impression that the GOP did provide a number of minority speakers -- but the MSM would cut away and refuse to show any diversity within the GOP ranks.
I believe that the biggest reason blacks think that Republicans are racists is because the MSM wants to make them believe it. Media consumption is very high among minorities, so they get the MSM message loud and clear.
Also having an absentee Father makes a young African American cannon fodder for Leftist values ie. degeneracy, anti-military, generational welfare...
I think the problem is this:
Conservatives reject identity politics and the politics of race on principle, which is the correct moral and American position to take, but it isn’t the politically expedient position to take.
Black Republicans and intellectuals get it, but so many black folks have been brainwashed by hegemonic liberal doctrine of Balkanizing the country along race, class and gender lines.
Ironically, the conservative doctrine of being judged by the content of character instead of the content of melanin in the skin falls on many deaf ears in the black community.
The Democratic position on race is the racist position, which is consistent with their policies going all the way back to before the Civil War.
However, we all now live in an Orwellian political world where 2+2=5.
I will refuse to support a party that panders to anyone other than the American taxpayer.
I heard somewhere that “Fitty Cent” is supposedly a Republican. lol
1. NEA Educations
3. NEA Educations
4. NEA Educations, and finally
5. NEA Educations
Miserable failures inside Blue Cities, Blue States and Deep Blue School Districts - total failures, except when indoctrinating black children against white people and certainly white conservatives and Republicans, instead of educating them!
NEA has scrapped genuine American History and replaced it with the Socialism and the Communist Manifesto.
Tell me why it’s OK for the blacks to call whites racist for not voting for obama. But its not OK to call blacks racist for not voting for Romney. We must take back the fight from these socialist anti american democrats and not cave in to their LIES and SPIN. Make Obama open up his past. He should be called a fraud for hiding it.
6)It’s elementary,Watson. The Republican Party won’t give them “stuff”. The other party will give them “stuff”.In the polling booths of black precincts candidates are not listed as Dem or Republican but denoted as Stuff and No Stuff.
African Americans who work hard, are responsible, are polite and considerate of others, are married and support their families are almost always conservative. They refer to the street punks as “n words” and trash and occasionally knuckleheads. The problem is there just aren’t that many of them.
As with most people who succumb to leftism,
it’s not about getting the stuff that the other guy has,
MAKING SURE THE OTHER GUY DOESN’T HAVE IT.
RNC hired Steele to do outreach and it was a disaster. Steele was so much like those he talked to that he agreed with Republicans on very little and convinced no blacks to vote R. .
Now he works directly for MSNBC to trash Republicans and blame his own failures on them. Black voters in Maryland voted AGAINST him in his FAILED Senate race 2006, and for the white Democrat instead. He never talks about that on MSNBC
For Republicans to get a significant number of black voters would require they (Republicans) become like Steele, a lib RINO. There is little point to that.
I saw them quoting Jeb Bush at the DNC about how the R party is too extreme,. Thanks Jeb, the DNC is waiting for you.
The Republicans have attracted the bright members of the minority - siphoned them off - and they are great leaders, without exception - one might call it the “brain drain!”
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