I have been trying to figure this out. Its one thing to be a black republican. We need representation in all areas of the political arena. I’ve always believed that. Certainly the Republican party has not been a friend to blacks in the recent past. Sure they like to talk about Lincoln but that was way back in the day when the parties stood opposite their current positions. They merely switched from Dixiecrat’s to Republicans and vice verse.
Anyway, during the Reagan era the Republicans really embraced their anti-ethnic reputation. They were able to ride that momentum to get Bush Sr. in office with the help of some pretty racist Willie Horton political ads.
After Clinton ran the White House for 8 years, the Elephants reached out to minorities including the Latin community in some forms. Personally I knew it wasn’t legit. Karl Rove was no dummy though and he devised a strategies and target the black prominent preachers with talk of morality and faith ba$ed initiatives. They knew that many of these pimps would get their congregations in line and get them to vote for folks who voted against a MLK Holiday. (Speaking of John McCain) Some of those chicken grinning preachers have wised up now since Katrina, the war, the economy etc. But it’s too late now as we’ve had 8 years of incompetency and the nation was ran in the country. Guess what preachers… if people don’t have jobs they can’t pay tithes or fund new building projects. Hmmm… and to think I didn’t hear of any homosexuals taking jobs oversees. Go figure.. but I digress.
What I am trying to figure out is why any self respecting black man or woman would support The Mav. I mean when has this dude reached out to any of us for anything? When he and Palin speak of Joe Six Pack or Joe the Plumber, or real Americans they sure as hell ain’t talkin about me?
Furthermore when they’ve had chances to speak to black audiences they have delinced.
Tavis Smiley held the first presidential forums for both Democrats and Republicans and John McCain was invited. Did he show up? No! And it’s not like Tavis doesn’t have juice! Repubs like Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, and Sam Brownback among others showed up to speak toward issues that would affect Black America.
Then there is black radio. Of the four nationally syndicated shows my area, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, The Michael Baisden Show and the Ricky Smiley Show, McCain has not visited with either show. I know for a fact that Joyner, Harvey and Baisden made several request to speak with the McCain campaign and they have yet to get a return phone call.
What does this say to Black Americans? It tells me he doesn’t give a f*@! about me or the things I care about. It tells me he is either scared or indifferent when it comes to my people. It tells me that if he were to dwell in the White House… the policies and procedures will be as white as ever. Areas such as civil rights, equal rights, equal opportunities for jobs and affordable college will not see the light of day.
So if I were to take the usual house negros i.e. Alan Keyes, Armstrong Williams, Larry Elder, Ward Connerly, Clarence Thomas, that fool on the radio in Milwaukee etc. out of the equation, why would any self respecting person of African descent even consider voting for someone who detest him so much?