Opportunities for Blacks in the Republican Party
by Robert Booker
Confusion and chaos are mothers of opportunity. The Republican Party has become rich and fertile ground for Black Americans, unprecedented in annals of American politics. David Duke, Dick Morris and many village idiots occupying space in Congress have plowed and seeded the ground of political opportunity which awaits our harvest.
As a free-market independent conservative and former Republican, I worked hard for Black community participation in what I perceived to be core party issues: welfare reform, home ownership, crime reduction, fatherhood participation, school choice and advocacy for life. The Republican Party leadership has bellowed these values for years without making them applicable or appealing to the core Black community.
Instead, Republicans (and Democrats) pimped Joe and Josephine Plumber with coded inferences of those values, implying their victimization was caused by the dreaded “liberal, Washington insider” politicians supporting the welfare lobby. Hell, welfare people don’t have an office or lobby in Washington because they don’t have the money. Welfare people are disproportionate non-voters, so what’s the point? Who are the majority population on welfare? Not Black people.
Their “us versus them” messages dividing one group of working people against another is incredible upon face value. For example, Affirmative Action, race based preferences, quotas and business set asides were assumed privileges in our country’s history for the first 195 years, beginning with the constitution.
The only stipulations of qualification in these sweet advantage clubs was the affirmed, race based, protected, quota groups consist of old, white male and rich members. This club’s business, home ownership mortgages, college admissions and board memberships were always part of a legacy quota package. Fair? No! Effective? Yes.
But we need to stop selling ourselves short. Black people can’t keep allowing politicians to come into our communities for photo ops during Dr. King’s birthday and Black History Month. We allow them to pray over dead heroes, lock arms and sing “we shall over come” before getting the heck out of Dodge as fast as they possibly can. Where is the accountability?
What does all this have to do with the here and now? Plenty! We can analyze the models of group success across party lines and expand into a power vacuum by advocating those policies in our best interest. Establish our own leadership models from the ground up. Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steel, is a terrific Black man selected by Whites as one of their key party leaders.
Let’s pick additional leaders of our own without trashing Mr. Steel. We can acknowledge progress best by including our ideas and needs into all political and social entities that will improve our communities. We don’t have to be anti one group or another to be pro ourselves.
We are not, of course, a monolith that will blindly come together and follow one great leader on any and all issues. But we have issues … Black community issues … indigenous to our lives that can improve all of America as well. We need to demand accountability. No one is going to save us, we’ve got to save ourselves.
The days of skinnin’ and grinnin’, clowning and fooling, hop-skip and jumping are over. We’ve got to engage more seriously in power politics and that means the Republican Party too. God knows, they sure can use the help. By the way, increased participation with issues on Republicans will increase your strength with Democrats too. Do you think they’re not taking your voice for granted because the nation has elected a new Black president? Hmmm.
Robert Booker is a self syndicated, independent conservative opinion columnist and former newspaper publisher writing on African American public policy issues. Robert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.