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Published on July 8th, 2013

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William Reed: What Should Blacks Expect From Republicans?

The National Republican Committee surely needs to convince Black Americans of the benefits of registering in their party.  Is the Republican Party’s ideology that different from Blacks’? What will it take to get Blacks to vote Republican?

If Blacks looked back over history they’d see that the relationship with Republicans has been one of nearly unanimous support of Republicans’ progressive policies and practices. The Grand Old Party was founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854 and dominated national politics from 1860 to 1932. Abraham Lincoln was the first of 18 Republican presidents. So, how is it that the party of Lincoln, now only gets about 10 percent of the Black vote?

It’s time Republicans make moves that show contemporary Black Americans how they can benefit from their party, people and policies.  The most substantialpolitical and economic strides that Blacks made from Reconstruction to the civil rights era were under Republicans. Legislative gains Blacks made in the 1950s and in minority enterprise and wealth development in the 60s occurred under Republican Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

The Democrats have given Blacks ample reason to change their party and practices.  In 2009, the average net worth for White households was $113,149 and $5,700 for Blacks14 percent of Black Americans are unemployed compared to 7 percent of Whites, and over the past two years Black households’ median annual income fell more than twice as much as Whites. Since Blacks have monolithically voted the Democratic Party into office over the past 40 years, one would think those numbers are terrific arguments for Blacks voting Republican. Irony of ironies, Black voters continue their blind allegiance to ruinous Democratic leadership and policies.

Up to now, no matter how poorly served Black America is by the Democrats they won’t listen to what Republicans have to say.  But, the Republicans aren’t exactly “locked and loaded.”  They have yet to clearly define their brand and “what it is” and “what it stands for.”  The time is near that the GOP implements activities and practices that position their message and image toward garnering 30 percent of Black votes in the 2016 national elections.

To help build the party and its future, Republicans must show Black voters that “share far more values with the Republican Party than they realize.” The Republicans are on the same page as most Blacks on abortion, gay marriage, Christian values, and take a conservative stance on illegal immigration, school choice, being tough on crime, and supporting entrepreneursRepublican Party people have to start working with Black Americans and using conservative principles to address issues impacting them. Nationally, and at local levels they have to introduce legislation advocating minority business development and resources to implement inner-city enterprise zones and micro-loan programs.  Republicans should take the initiative to help in our cities and tackle issues among Blacks that Democrats have ignored for decades.

The Republicans have little time to lose if they want to remain relevant in politics.  It’s imperative they discard old practices and start to make solid and lasting political inroads among African-American voters.  Some recent high-profile Republican gestures toward Blacks include the Speaker of the House’s hosting dedication of Frederick Douglass’ statue in the Capitol Hill Rotunda.  The statue’s unveiling was followed by Republicans’ release of a video by Sen. Tim Scott extolling Douglass’ civic and political leadership on behalf of Blacks.  And, RNC Chair Reince Priebus continued his “listening sessions” with community leaders in Cleveland, Ohio. Priebus said the Cleveland meeting was “part of the Party’s effort to grow and expand with different communities and groups.”

A strategic mistake Priebus’ made was not starting his conversations in Cleveland with the Call & Post Black newspaper.  Over the years, from Pittsburgh Courier publisher Robert Vann to Call & Post publisher Don King, Black newspaper publishers have been influential in Republican politics and outreach. Reince and the Republicans need to utilize the best and most-effective ways they can find to connect with the nation’s 11 million Black voters.

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William Reed is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Black Press International. He has been a Media Entrepreneur for over two decades. A long-time Washington insider, Reed’s special strengths include: public and community relations; grass-roots organizing; script and speech writing, legislative affairs tracking and research; and access to a network of national and local government, business and organizational policy-makers and public opinion-molders.

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3 Responses to Dear Rand Paul, Please Return to Howard

  1. Darnell Mass says:

    @ Cindy

    Conservatives have been listening to minorities. The problem is minorities have not been LISTENING to conservatives. However the tide is slowly turning.

    Take school choice e.g. Charter Schools which conservative republicans have been
    advocating for years. Democrats have been AGAINST charter schools. However, many minorities SUPPORT charter schools and charter schools are beginning to become a reality in many school
    districts across the country in spite of Democrats opposition. Parents are realizing that public education will NOT IMPROVE until they are giving a CHOICE/OPTIONS in where their children are educated. Some democrats are seeing the tide turning and changing their position so they can CONTROL this issue.

    This also goes for VOUCHERS which are gaining more support among minorities and the poor in general.

    Another example is tax reform. Democrats are totally against reforming the tax code. Why? Because reforming the tax code e.g. a FLAT TAX or FAIR TAX would mean more TAKE HOME PAY for the poor which translate into more purchasing power for things they need everyday. Helping the poor to become INDEPENDENT is totally against democrats’ DNA. Democrats use CLASS WARFARE to discredit reforming the tax code saying it would benefit the rich. When in fact the rich benefit more so from the present tax code with all of the loopholes.

    The same goes for reforming Social Security to include options for PERSONAL ACCOUNTS which democrats are totally against.

    When minorities begin to see the BENEFITS of reforming these programs just like they are beginning to see the BENEFITS of charter schools, either the democrats’ leadership will begin to SUPPORT these reforms or democrats will CEASE to exist as a political power. The TIDE is slowly turning.

    Either way, conservative COMMON SENSE will win and government dependency will LOSE.

  2. Sir Magpie DeCrow says:

    I find the latest article (posted on July 8th) by William Reed very interesting, it asks the question (What Should Blacks Expect From Republicans) but doesn’t probe deeply why African-Americans don’t expect much from the current configuration of the Republican Party. What I have observed on a near continual basis is a blatant toleration within the Republican ranks of individuals who people used to call in the olden times as “racists”. I will now now explore one example of this phenomenon.

    Lets revisit a Republican mentioned here on the hiphoprepublican site in a couple of articles, one article titled “Dear Rand Paul, Please Return to Howard(University)”. A report came out which is making the rounds on blogs around July 9th that details the political exploits of Jack Hunter (born in South Carolina), a member of Rand Paul’s staff and co-writer of his book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington”.

    Here a little background information on Jack Hunter, he used to be a talk show host who operated under the moniker “The Southern Avenger”. He would wear a snazzy Spiderman/Mexican Wrestler styled mask emblazoned with the Confederate Flag emblem. Its the sort of thing that people would like if they are into Hulk Hogan, Sting(wrestler) and um… Nathan Bedford Forest.

    Here are some of the more famous/infamous comments he has made as the Southern Avenger:
    “a non-white majority America would simply cease to be America.”

    “If you are a patriotic American who believes in the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and George Washington – then you cannot at the same time honor Abraham Lincoln.”

    “That’s like praising Jesus and worshipping Satan simultaneously,”

    “… the Southern Avenger does regret that Lincoln’s murder automatically turned him into a martyr.”

    He also wrote an article regarding Abraham Lincoln, it’s titled “John Wilkes Booth Was Right” which was written a long time ago in… 2004. Here the link to the article below.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20071104065842/http:/www.southernavenger.com/82/?form_58.userid=4&form_58.replyids=25

    Here is a link to a picture of him in all his Old Dixie glory:
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SApic.jpg

    He was also a member/chairman of the pro-secessionist group the League of the South in the 1990’s. Interesting group to say the least. Here is a little background on them.

    The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and the establishment “a free and independent Southern republic.”

    comments by League members:
    “Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery. Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America?”
    — Jack Kershaw, League of the South board member, 1998

    “[T]he Southern League supports a return to a political and social system based on kith and kin rather than an impersonal state wedded to the idea of the universal rights of man. At its core is a European population.”
    — Michael Hill, essay on League of the South website, 2000

    And if you think that Jack Hunter is just another crank linked to a fringe Republican Senator who will never be able to fulfill his apparent ambitions of successfully running for president in 2016, please consider his affiliation with Jim DeMint. Jack Hunter also helped write Jim DeMint’s 2012 book “Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse.”

    In the book’s acknowledgements, DeMint thanked “my editor and collaborator, Jack Hunter, who contributed his writing skills and passion for freedom to make this book more readable and insightful.”

    Jim DeMint, a former senator from South Carolina, is the current president of the influential think tank The Heritage Foundation which has considerable influence on U.S. public policy making and is considered to be one of the most influential conservative research organizations in the United States.
    This is the same foundation that issued a report on immigration in 2013 that was co-authored by Jason Richwine. The report put the cost of immigration reform bill being considered in the Senate at a staggering $6.3 trillion. Jason Richwine is the same “researcher” that had written this in a 2009 dissertation.

    “[n]o one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against. From the perspective of Americans alive today, the low average IQ of Hispanics is effectively permanent.”

    One might now ask what are Jason Richwine’s views on the intelligence of black people, to get that the answer please listen to Richwine’s viewpoints on the subject in the video below, it starts at the 1:00 minute mark.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgMz3Jvzwzo

    A quick summary of his remarks regarding blacks is that they are at the bottom rung of the races in regard to intelligence.

    Big surprise.

    But let’s get back to the story of Jack Hunter.

    So what does this all mean that a contemptible Neo-Confederate like Jack Hunter has the ear of at least two influential conservative figures in American Politics (Rand Paul, Jim DeMint)?

    I would argue that this does not bode well for people of color and that it only adds to the disincentives for African-Americans to support a party that not only incorporates regressive individuals like secessionists into their ranks.

    Jim DeMint and Rand Paul went even further than merely tolerating a Neo-Confederate as a subordinate but also utilized a person like Jack Hunter to articulate their political positions to the masses with their books.

    There is no way that Rand Paul and Jim DeMint, who have intimately worked with Jack Hunter, were unaware of his grotesque political background. It beggars belief that they would embrace a person with such noxious views of Abraham Lincoln, especially because Abraham Lincoln was… a Republican.

    So getting back to William Reed’s question “What Should Blacks Expect From Republicans?”.
    I would say the number one thing blacks should expect from Republicans is that…

    REPUBLICANS SHOULD STOP F****NG AROUND WITH NEO-CONFEDERATES AND SECESSIONISTS

  3. SirMagpie DeCrow says:

    The latest article (posted on July 8th) by William Reed is very interesting, it asks the question (What Should Blacks Expect From Republicans) but doesn’t probe deeply why African-Americans don’t expect much from the current configuration of the Republican Party. What I have observed on a near continual basis is a blatant toleration within the Republican ranks of individuals who people used to call in the olden times as “racists”. I will now now explore one example of this phenomenon.

    Lets revisit a Republican mentioned here on the hiphoprepublican site in a couple of articles, one article titled “Dear Rand Paul, Please Return to Howard(University)”. A report came out which is making the rounds on blogs around July 9th that details the political exploits of Jack Hunter (born in South Carolina), a member of Rand Paul’s staff and co-writer of his book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington”.

    Here a little background information on Jack Hunter, he used to be a talk show host who operated under the moniker “The Southern Avenger”. He would wear a snazzy Spiderman/Mexican Wrestler styled mask emblazoned with the Confederate Flag emblem. Its the sort of thing that people would like if they are into Hulk Hogan, Sting(wrestler) and um… Nathan Bedford Forest.

    Here are some of the more famous/infamous comments he has made as the Southern Avenger:
    “a non-white majority America would simply cease to be America.”

    “If you are a patriotic American who believes in the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and George Washington – then you cannot at the same time honor Abraham Lincoln.”

    “That’s like praising Jesus and worshipping Satan simultaneously,”

    “… the Southern Avenger does regret that Lincoln’s murder automatically turned him into a martyr.”

    He also wrote an article regarding Abraham Lincoln, it’s titled “John Wilkes Booth Was Right” which was written a long time ago in… 2004. Here the link to the article below.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20071104065842/http:/www.southernavenger.com/82/?form_58.userid=4&form_58.replyids=25

    Here is a link to a picture of him in all his Old Dixie glory:
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SApic.jpg

    He was also a member/chairman of the pro-secessionist group the League of the South in the 1990’s. Interesting group to say the least. Here is a little background on them.

    The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and the establishment “a free and independent Southern republic.”

    comments by League members:
    “Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery. Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America?”
    — Jack Kershaw, League of the South board member, 1998

    “[T]he Southern League supports a return to a political and social system based on kith and kin rather than an impersonal state wedded to the idea of the universal rights of man. At its core is a European population.”
    — Michael Hill, essay on League of the South website, 2000

    And if you think that Jack Hunter is just another crank linked to a fringe Republican Senator who will never be able to fulfill his apparent ambitions of successfully running for president in 2016, please consider his affiliation with Jim DeMint. Jack Hunter also helped write Jim DeMint’s 2012 book “Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse.”

    In the book’s acknowledgements, DeMint thanked “my editor and collaborator, Jack Hunter, who contributed his writing skills and passion for freedom to make this book more readable and insightful.”

    Jim DeMint, a former senator from South Carolina, is the current president of the influential think tank The Heritage Foundation which has considerable influence on U.S. public policy making and is considered to be one of the most influential conservative research organizations in the United States.
    This is the same foundation that issued a report on immigration in 2013 that was co-authored by Jason Richwine. The report put the cost of immigration reform bill being considered in the Senate at a staggering $6.3 trillion. Jason Richwine is the same “researcher” that had written this in a 2009 dissertation.

    “[n]o one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against. From the perspective of Americans alive today, the low average IQ of Hispanics is effectively permanent.”

    One might now ask what are Jason Richwine’s views on the intelligence of black people, to get that the answer please listen to Richwine’s viewpoints on the subject in the video below, it starts at the 1:00 minute mark.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgMz3Jvzwzo

    A quick summary of his remarks regarding blacks is that they are at the bottom rung of the races in regard to intelligence.

    Big surprise.

    But let’s get back to the story of Jack Hunter.

    So what does this all mean that a contemptible Neo-Confederate like Jack Hunter has the ear of at least two influential conservative figures in American Politics (Rand Paul, Jim DeMint)?

    I would argue that this does not bode well for people of color and that it only adds to the disincentives for African-Americans to support a party that not only incorporates regressive individuals like secessionists into their ranks.

    Jim DeMint and Rand Paul went even further than merely tolerating a Neo-Confederate as a subordinate but also utilized a person like Jack Hunter to articulate their political positions to the masses with their books.

    There is no way that Rand Paul and Jim DeMint, who have intimately worked with Jack Hunter, were unaware of his grotesque political background. It beggars belief that they would embrace a person with such noxious views of Abraham Lincoln, especially because Abraham Lincoln was… a Republican.

    So getting back to William Reed’s question “What Should Blacks Expect From Republicans?”.
    I would say the number one thing blacks should expect from Republicans is that…

    REPUBLICANS SHOULD STOP F****NG AROUND WITH NEO-CONFEDERATES AND SECESSIONISTS

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