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"Black and Missing" in the GOP
The Afro ^ | 3/14/12 | Afro Staff

Posted on 03/16/2012 6:19:52 AM PDT by YourAdHere

As the Republican presidential campaign trail ensues, there is something obviously missing from GOP campaign activities and primaries—Black people.

A look at last month’s GOP presidential primaries reveals that older Whites dominated the electorate.

According to an analysis by the National Journal, 89 percent of voters in Arizona were White, while Blacks represented just 1 percent. Meanwhile, Hispanics made up about 8 percent of the vote.

The findings are a stark increase compared to the numbers found in the same state during the 2008 general election. That year, 75 percent of voters were White, while 4 percent were Black and 16 percent were Hispanic.

A similar increase was shown in this year’s Ohio primary. In the Buckeye state, a whopping 96 percent of voters were White, compared to 83 percent in the general election four years ago.

Aside from the primary elections, it is also apparent that Blacks are considerably absent from many GOP campaign activities.

While it is no secret that African Americans have long voted Democrat, the question at hand is whether the GOP is concerned with the obvious racial disconnect.

Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee said in a recent interview with writer Kam Williams that there are a couple of things that the party can do to attract more African Americans.

“One is to own up to our own failures as a party, when it comes to making investments in the Black community when it counted, like the Civil Rights Movement,” Steele said during the interview.

He explained that while Republicans had been the architects of landmark civil rights legislation during the Reconstruction Era, the party hesitated when it really mattered in the 1950s and ‘60s, resulting in a longstanding riff between the GOP and Blacks.

Steele added that Republicans should also, “Show up in the community prepared to have meaningful discussions about issues that actually matter to [Blacks] like job creation, in way that makes sense.”

“That’s why my very first official act as Chairman was to host a town hall meeting in Harlem. To me, that was a very important step to take,” he said.

The National Black Republican Association (NBRA) has also continuously worked to close the gap. Their organization aims to return Blacks to their Republican roots and enlighten them on GOP ideals and values.

In the meantime, the AFRO wants to know if you spot more than one Black person at a GOP event. Email your submissions to Blackfolkspotted@afro.com.


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To: Jonty30
90% of the blacks in this country are 100% racist.

Blacks vote dem because, to paraphrase Carter, voting dem makes black comfortable with their racism.

51 posted on 03/16/2012 7:40:48 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: YourAdHere
Most Black folk are still standing in line for their forty acres and a mule.

We all pray they figure it out soon.

52 posted on 03/16/2012 7:41:26 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Mohammedan law every woman must belong to a man will delay the end of slavery until Islam has ceased)
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To: CincyRichieRich

We can blame the MSM all we want. It is the lack of guts and belief in one’s own message that keeps blacks from voting R. A black person will not “risk” saying something positive about a “R” unless behind closed doors among other blacks. There is too much risk in being ostracized. The “Tom” syndrome is alive and well and only when some blacks are comfortable in “together” criticizing Obama will you see such criticism...to say otherwise is to admit “blacks as a whole” were wrong about him. Like I said, this is a very complex dynamic. Trite little comments and sarcasm ain’t gonna solve it. No, I’m not saying you don’t have a right to frustration and anger at the stupidity of it all, I’m rather saying it really takes a team of white and black together to solve it. Cain understands...JC Watts, not so much. Reince is an idiot. West gets it, but much to risk in putting him out there. Non-candidates would need to be part of such a team.

I can take it off-line if anyone wants to dig deeper.


53 posted on 03/16/2012 7:42:52 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: IMR 4350

I get that and I agree that most blacks do vote black.

However, as I said, it doesn’t help much when it seems that the GOP doesn’t have much interest in changing that.

If by making a difference by a couple of percentage points, it could mean the difference in a few seats.


54 posted on 03/16/2012 7:44:32 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

One would think that a certain percentage of blacks would become “independents” and split a voting ticket. What was the Einstein doing the same thang over and over insanity line?
The blacks dont have to become repubs, try being “independent”. Many repubs have become “tea party” and/or independents because of the RINO part of republican. I am a conservative tea party peep, I am not a republican rino peep. Hopefully someday there will be a tea party in competition with rinos and commies.


55 posted on 03/16/2012 7:54:36 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: YourAdHere

What a load!


56 posted on 03/16/2012 7:55:28 AM PDT by CSM
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To: Jonty30

They have been talking for over 50 years.

You can’t force someone to listen that doesn’t want to.

Most blacks alive today have been raised to believe they are entitled to what others earn because the white man owes them for being slaves.

They are taught to hate, not just whites but anyone not black, in their churches.

Quit pandering to them because they are black because in doing so they know they can use their blackness to get what they want.


57 posted on 03/16/2012 7:58:29 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: YourAdHere

Blacks, in general, will never leave the plantation. A lot left when Mr. Lincoln was in the white house but they rushed back as soon as LBJ moved in.


58 posted on 03/16/2012 8:00:30 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( "It happened. And we let it happen. - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: YourAdHere

Given a choice between individual freedom or collectivism in a nanny state, everyone is driven by their own value system that they learned growing up. And no one is being prevented from voting republican if they’d prefer to live in a free society or democrat if not.


59 posted on 03/16/2012 8:02:40 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: Jonty30

“Would you really reach out to your neighbour, if you were convinced that he hated your guts?”

Your perspective is ocmpletely wrong here, or at least as how I am reading it. I live in the metro Detroit area and it is one of the most segregated areas I have ever seen. In my experience the majority of the white population is to busy working to care for their own families and to survive. They don’t exhibit “hate your neighbor” attitudes to the black communities. However, I do see a “hate your neighbor” attitude out of the average black person in this area.

I can state with confidence that as a white person I would have fear walking alone in most black neighborhoods. I highly doubt that would be the case for a black person walking through my neighborhood.

Blacks have been taught to hate whites and to seperate themselves. That they gravitate to the most abusive political party is no surprise. They have individually accepted being herded into a group, so it is natural that they gravitate to a collectivist party.

As a general rule most individual blacks have surrenderred their individuality to become collectivists. That they don’t want to support a political philosophy that caters to individual liberty should not be surprising.

The few black individuals that see this and recognize the disconnect have ALL joined with the conservatives. As a result this is not a matter of the “GOP must reach out” it is a matter of fact that individuals need to think for themselves. If they are not willing to do so, then no amount of “reaching out” will change their political affiliation.


60 posted on 03/16/2012 8:06:41 AM PDT by CSM
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To: IMR 4350

The impression I get from this site is that conservatives and blacks talk over each other, not to each other. So I think there’s less communication that actually goes on.

No, you can’t force them to talk to you, but it’s also an unreasonable expectation to have an expectation to have them seek you out, if they want to talk to you.

I’m familiar with black liberation, so I know what they’re taught. But how do you expect them to think differently if you’re not bothering to engage them?


61 posted on 03/16/2012 8:09:09 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: allmost

“Registration is currently closed for technical maintenance. Please check back soon for further updates!”

I wanted to sign up and post the comment, “Whatever happened to that thing about a colorblind society? - a dream, wasn’t it, of some king’s kids not being judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character? Whatever happened with that?”


62 posted on 03/16/2012 8:13:24 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: CSM

I hear you.

It is mostly up to black conservatives to reach out to the black community, as most blacks more likely listen to another black then white.


63 posted on 03/16/2012 8:16:17 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: YourAdHere

“when it comes to making investments in the Black community when it counted, like the Civil Rights Movement,” Steele said during the interview”.

What a dumb statement by Steele. The civil rights bill never would have passed if it weren’t for the pubbies. Affirmative action got it’s start thanks to Nixon.The KKK’s were all RATS. Bottom line black Americans can stay on the Democrat plantation if they’re looking to stay on the dole. But if they value freedom and strive to be all they can be there are other alternatives.


65 posted on 03/16/2012 8:18:38 AM PDT by kenmcg (How)
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To: Jonty30

“The impression I get from this site is that conservatives and blacks talk over each other, not to each other.”

How do you identify black FReepers? If you are somehow capable of identifying the physical characteristics of FReepers, please send me that app. I’d love to know which of my FRiends are women. Conservative women are babes!


66 posted on 03/16/2012 8:19:03 AM PDT by CSM
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To: YourAdHere

You guys need to see this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBlMP5El9G4


67 posted on 03/16/2012 8:25:30 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: Jonty30

“I’m not saying that we’d make massive inroads immediately, but any attempt to do so would be better than no attempt to do so.”


Please enlighten those of us who have beat our heads against this wall for decades, by telling us exactly what you have been doing in your precinct to turn this around, and how well has it worked - tell us what your “return on investment” has been compared to efforts to change the mindsets of other people?


68 posted on 03/16/2012 8:27:06 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Jonty30

They have been engaged for over 50 years.

It’s time to try something different.


69 posted on 03/16/2012 8:28:20 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: YourAdHere
The thing is that any Black that chooses to self-identify as republican, or conservative, is ridiculed and beaten into submission by the black liberals on the gravy train payroll.

It takes a lot of gumption to put up w/ that level of crap and most people just don't want to deal w/ it.

Many blacks are trapped in a self-re-enforcing cycle of fractured families, poor education, and cultural icons more suited to sewers than they are to success.

Breaking out of that trap requires a huge amount of faith in ones' self. Faith in ones' self is the thing not being taught to a lot of these poor people.

70 posted on 03/16/2012 8:33:50 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: dagogo redux

One thing I don’t try and do is convince them. I’m in agreement here that convincing anybody, of what they will not be convinced of, will not work.

But I do give them the truth of how socialism is damaging, inand of itself. I stay away from making it a black thing but a human thing. By relating to it, on human terms instead of black terms, I’ve had good conversations, on Facebook and black discussion sites, with many blacks.

I’m not saying I’ve converted anybody, but that’s not really my goal. My personal goal is to try share the truth and clear some cobwebs. If you clear enough cobwebs, more light can shine through.


71 posted on 03/16/2012 8:42:40 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

My tagline used to be something to the effect of:

“you can’t use logic to argue someone out of a position they didn’t use logic to get into in the first place”


72 posted on 03/16/2012 8:44:05 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Pietro

Well said.


73 posted on 03/16/2012 8:55:12 AM PDT by allmost
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To: YourAdHere
He explained that while Republicans had been the architects of landmark civil rights legislation during the Reconstruction Era, the party hesitated when it really mattered in the 1950s and ‘60s, resulting in a longstanding riff between the GOP and Blacks.

Absolutely untrue. The first comprehensive Civil Rights legislation since Reconstruction was led and pushed through by President Eisenhower, who backed up his legislation with the National Guard protecting school children from harassment. Eisenhower's efforts were vigorously resisted by Democrats. Secondly, Ike intitiated the first integration of the armed forces.

Steele needs to do his homework.

74 posted on 03/16/2012 9:44:11 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: YourAdHere

There were a black man and a black woman standing directly behind Santorum at his televised victory speech in Alabama; also a black man was directly on his path as he left the room through the bystanders.


75 posted on 03/16/2012 9:46:43 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: CSM
This made me wonder about the demographics on this site. But anyway, in a sort of realpolitik sense, I don't see why some effort isn't made by the Republican party to point out the policies that help/hurt black Americans according to conservative ideals. We all know there's no lack of discussion about white Christians, so the idea of this being "pandering" or attempting to be "colorblind" is myopic at best. Frankly, the Republican party is only actively attempting to engage with certain elements of society. The question is whether they care and if it's in their best interest to continue in that direction, or whether there are irreconcilable differences that make changing this counter-productive as party strategy.
76 posted on 03/16/2012 9:52:56 AM PDT by LikeARock (Liberty or Death)
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To: Jonty30
good old fashioned reaching out. Just like Christianity used to do when it was trying to convert the pagans.

And that we need to do again. Missionary work in our own country.

77 posted on 03/16/2012 9:52:56 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Albion Wilde

And we face better odds, but they won anyway.


78 posted on 03/16/2012 10:03:15 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

“It would appear that the goals of conservatives and the goals of most blacks are not the same. C’est la vie.”

Kudos to the most prescient post of this thread.


79 posted on 03/16/2012 10:13:51 AM PDT by Road Glide
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To: BitWielder1
I think we need to do a better job of selling Conservative values in the black community

Oops, William Bennett and Jack Kemp have already done that, and it didn't work.

80 posted on 03/16/2012 10:48:01 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Mathematically, it's all over, says Mittens. I'm pretty sure the people will again let us down.)
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To: YourAdHere
“One is to own up to our own failures as a party, when it comes to making investments in the Black community when it counted, like the Civil Rights Movement,” Steele said during the interview."

This is not only a falsehood, it is an unforgiveable, outrageous lie.

81 posted on 03/16/2012 4:46:40 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Jonty30
Considering the response, “if they can’t figure it out, that’s their problem”, that is the opinion of some posters here, I can’t really blame blacks for not taking the time to, “figure it out”.

Yeah, but don't waste your time trying to figure out why it's like that.

I don't.



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82 posted on 03/16/2012 7:25:31 PM PDT by rdb3 (If you were tried in court for being a Christian, is there enough evidence to convict you?)
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