Stacy: The Lack of Black support for the GOP

While I normally read John Hawkins of Townhall with relish and generally agree with his articles, I have to rebut his latest piece out today titled: “5 Reasons There Are So Few Black Americans In The Republican Party“.  The timing of his piece is perfect in that this is a discussion that we need to have on a regular basis.  Open, honest discussion removes the fear, misinformation and discomfort associated with race; hearing each other out on it actually forms and strengthens bonds between people.  I don’t just believe this, I know it to be true from my own experiences.

Mr. Hawkins starts out by briefly touching on the history of race in politics and America by pointing out that the GOP was started as a response to slavery and the desire of a small group of abolitionists to stop it.  This group founded the GOP, the party of Lincoln.  Our modern day party is a beautiful example of outstanding leadership, with speakers and politicians of every race, just a cursory glance at the speakers list for the Republican National Convention is proof positive of that.  Accordingly, Mr. Hawkins posits: Why are Republicans doing so poorly with black Americans?

He first addresses economics, speaking to the disproportionate suffering endured by blacks under President Obamas Hope and Change Presidency.  I agree with his statements here, as they are irrefutable.  Any voter block that blindly pledges their allegiance to a party for more than 40 years while suffering under that party’s policies can expect to be taken for granted and then ignored.

His second point is that we don’t have enough blacks out in front speaking on behalf of the GOP. While this may have been true a decade ago, it’s simply not the case now.  We can always use more speakers of color.  We should do more in the way of outreach, but the problem isn’t that there aren’t black speakers, it’s that the Left does a masterful job of vilifying them with the most incendiary racial insults.  When that strategy fails,  they simply refuse to show them and acknowledge that they exist.

A perfect case in point is the Republican National Convention last week.  There were speakers of diverse backgrounds throughout the day and evening every day of the convention.  The Left’s response to that was to cut away from the speakers to showcase a panel of all white talking heads thereby preventing viewers from seeing or hearing the inspirational messages that Mia Love, Artur Davis, Nikki Haley & Condoleeza Rice were speaking to Americans.  This type of dishonesty should result in producers being fired, but instead, it was noted by conservative media and that was that.  Millions of Americans are under the impression that the RNC was a white only event, with whites as speakers, furthering the idea that Blacks have no place within the GOP.

Next on the list is what Mr. Hawkins calls “Racism culture.”  He posits that “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 Goerge Wallace and Bull Connor were still running wild.”  Before I address the reasons for his statement; which I actually agree with, I must unpack this statement.  Something that some white Americans do not understand is that there is no Black American that has NEVER experienced a racial incident.  That just does not happen.  The slights may be small, or they may have been persistent from one source, but they happen.  That’s like saying that no white person has ever had someone be rude to them.  That would simply be false.  No matter how successful you are, you experience hardships.  A person’s reaction to perceived or real hardship is the key to the level of success that is attainable.

The idea that Republicans think racism has been completely stamped out is what keeps some Blacks from even considering the GOP.  Of course race in America is so much better now than it was in the days of Bull Connor.  Racism can no longer prevent a Black American from achieving success.  But saying that it has been completely stamped out is insulting to a successful black person that is refused entrance into an open house only to watch from their car as whites go in and come out freely. (Yes, this happened to me just this summer.)  Does this prevent me from earning a living, or making a success of my life?  Of course not.  It does however play into the notion for many Blacks that America still isn’t fair and that somehow the Democrats may be right…

Mr. Hawkins correctly exposes the Democrats’ strategy of continually reminding Blacks in America that Republican whites hate them and the Democrats love them.  He goes on to say, “many Blacks fear that other Americans might conclude that the old school Democratic racists were right and they are inferior.”  He is correct except for one thing.  Most Black Americans think the racists of old were Republicans, and that the idea that Blacks are inferior is the mindset still held today by all whites in the GOP, Tea Partiers and anyone that wears the “Conservative” label.

In the end, I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Hawkins instructive comments on the lack of consistent outreach by the Republican Party and his analysis on why there simply isn’t more.  The most recent example of this shortfall is the glaringly obvious missing “Blacks for Romney” tab on the Romney campaign website.  Just two days ago, with only 60 + days left in the campaign, the Black Leadership Council was launched.  I have visited the page, and it’s not exciting.  Tons more work left to do.

About Stacy Washington

Stacy Washington is a fourth generation military veteran and popular conservative radio and TV commentator known for her views on education reform and pro-life issues. She's making her way in the heart of the Midwest with the help of her husband, three kiddos, StormCloud Greybunny (a rabbit), and Snowball, possibly the cutest Maltese puppy of all time. Find her online at

07. September 2012 by
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  1. “Something that white Americans do not understand is that there is no Black American that has NEVER experienced a racial incident. That just does not happen. The slights may be small, or they may have been persistent from one source, but they happen. ”

    I heartily disagree with this. I think black Americans are interpreting every slight perpetrated upon them as being racially motivated, when other factors are in play (like the person being a general jerk). From this white man’s perspective (one no African American could EVER understand) it seems to me that A-A’s are way too sensitive to the issue of race. That’s not to say there’s no racism. It’s just that you can’t attach a racial motivation for every slight. Sometimes that cop really stopped you because your car matched the description of one reportedly used in a crime.

    And yes, I believe there are plenty of A-A’s who have never been directly affected by racism. They just don’t realize it.

  2. Stacy Washington

    I would never make a blanket statement like yours about white people since I’m not white. I cannot know what it’s like, so I cannot state with assurance what ALL white people experience. The same goes for your comment. I stated in the piece that race is loads better now, and racism cannot stop a person from becoming successful. Additionally, a person can just be a jackass, and you are the recipient of their bad day, not racial at all. But some slights are racially motivated, and denial of that is what divides blacks from the GOP. Thanks for your comment.

    • I agree some are racist, but you made a “blanket” statement here:

      “Something that white Americans do not understand is that there is no Black American that has NEVER experienced a racial incident. That just does not happen. ”

      Knowing how white people think, you can trust me when I say this simply is not true.

      • Stacy Washington

        I’m not asserting that all whites are racist. I’m asserting that John Hawkins statement that racism is of such tiny consequence that it no longer affects all Blacks is wrong. I have yet to encounter a Black person that has said they have never experienced racism. I read all over about people and their experiences and Blacks experience racial slights. That is a fact.

        I also dispute that you know how ALL white people think. I know lots of white people, they are not all alike. You pointed out a blanket statement in my piece and I’m rethinking that bit right now… I may update.

  3. Nice article, Stacy.

  4. Yes, the GOP definitely could do a better job reaching out to black Americans. Your statement “Any voter block that blindly pledges their allegiance to a party for more than 40 years while suffering under that party’s policies can expect to be taken for granted and then ignored”, really resonated with me. Thanks for writing.

  5. I wish I’d seen more in this article by way of a solution. My best girlfriend, Gwenny, is black. I am white. We don’t seem to really care about that, we’ve never talked about it. I have been wanting to talk to her about voting for Romney, but I’m pretty sure she thinks the democrats are the party that has the black’s best interests at heart. I don’t want there to be a division between she and I, but I’m a pretty deep thinker and I READ a lot and I believe that liberal policies actually hurt blacks as a whole. I think the black vote is assumed, under-appreciated and taken for granted, so no matter what policies the democrats propose, they aren’t afraid of offending blacks because they don’t think blacks are smart enough to see through the, frankly, BS. Uncle Tom’s Plantation is a book I wish she’d read, but I don’t know how to approach her about it and I really do not want to put any kind of wedge into our friendship. I’ll bet a lot of people feel this same way. I love her and I want her to be the best she can be, and I believe breaking from the democratic party would one great start.

    • Louetia, your heart is in the right place and your observations about how dems take blacks for granted and do nothing for them are right on. BUT — have you considered how embedded racism has shaped your own perspective? That is not to say that you are a racist, but that race is a significant factor in how you see the world.

      You talk about your “best friend” but describe a relationship that is at best a warm and cordial acquaintance. Is your relationship with white friends so fraught with anxiety and uncertainty? Do you withhold sharing a book you find interesting with any other friend on the basis of race? Do you consider that a statement like “I want her to be the best —” might be heard as patronizing, especially in the context of a relationship that is so careful to avoid some of the most basic issues born of the historically different positions of blacks and whites in America?

      None of what I am saying is meant as criticism — only as a suggestion that, in examining how much more open your interactions with your white [friends] are, you might gain some insights into how deep and pervasive racism is in our culture, even when on a personal level there is absolutely no such feeling. If I could not be open in any discussion with “my best friend” I would want to understand why, develop ways to grow past the limitations on our closeness, and use the things we can learn from each other to pursue changes in out larger community. Together, you have great opportunities to grow and contribute — and actually become best friends — but without openness about important issues, you’re not there yet. You’re just two nice people who enjoy each others company sometimes in a world that is often not very nice — whether it is racism, sexism, some other prejudice, or just ordinary rudeness that is the particular problem of the moment. We can all do better. You and Gwenny can help.

  6. Insightful, helpful article. It is best when we can lay our perspectives out there for better understanding.

    One thing I might add is that there are very few people of any race who have not experienced unfair sleights based on all kinds of things over which they have no control. I remember one girlfriend’s mother disdainfully dismissing me as being “a bit greasy” … dark hair, skin a bit more ‘Mediterranean”.. You know. Might be one of those Italians. And I would venture to say that there are very few, if any whites in America who haven’t been burned by being considered a racist based solely upon the color of their skin — a painfully ironic experience. You just want to give them the throwing out the arms, eye-pop look.

    Bottom line is, there are A-holes in the world, and we all feel their heat. And there are always going to be A-holes in the world, and and some of them are going to be racial A-holes — some of them are going to have other gripes, like short people, fat people, skinny people, tall people, people with moles, acne, missing limbs, birth defects … doesn’t really matter which of these things is their trigger, it all ends up the same for the person on the receiving end.

    If you incorporate assumed racism into your culture, you’re institutionalizing it just as much as those who incorporate assumed inferiority of one or more particular ethnic groups in theirs.

    I have also never heard anyone in the GOP say there isn’t racism anymore, that it’s been “stamped out”. It *may* be stamped out about as well as it’s going to be — hopefully not, but it may be. There will always be racism, and it will always run in every possible direction depending on perspective.

    You can’t legislate acceptance, nor should you try. This is not to say that acceptance isn’t a desirable goal. But that is ultimately for other institutions to pursue.

  7. Thank you for sharing your perspective. I’m wondering whether a significant part of the problem might be over-sensitivity on the part of blacks to racial bigotry and prejudice. I’m just remembering that when I’ve been called honky and peckerwood, I didn’t care, and when a black police officer said he was going to “get me” for a crime I didn’t commit (and I really felt it was because of my race), the only thing that mattered to me was that I was released – I didn’t carry those incidents with me.

    I understand what you mean by the folly of assuming there is no racial bigotry any more. I’ve certainly heard it from other whites (who just assume because I’m white that I agree with them). No doubt blacks experience it in many ways. Perhaps the best way to deal with the issue to make a distinction between official racism, such as Jim Crow laws, and the behaviors of private individuals. After all, you can’t legislate brotherly love; you can only keep people from perpetrating crimes.

    Lastly, I’m still perplexed at how the Democratic Party has erased the memory of their racist past from the memory of their victims. Herman Cain was called an Oreo for being a GOP candidate and a conservative, implying that he has sold out “his people.” But wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that Democratic operatives, such as Sharpton and Jackson, have done selling in return for the political power they coveted? And if so, how to counteract the ideas that the GOP is the racist bogey man and that the Democrats are the saviors?

    I’ve no clue, but wish you well in spreading a balanced perspective.

    • Jim — have you ever seen the old movie “Gentlemen’s Agreement”? It’s well worth re-visiting. When other whites make racist comments on the assumption that because you are white, it is safe to do so — what happens? I know we don’t want to start any arguments, or be the rude ones, or whatever other excuse — but until well-meaning, sincerely non-racist white folks like me and thee confront the issue in real time and get out the message loud and clear that we will not agree with or accept such things, we are still part of the problem — and racism can still flourish safely.

  8. A worthy piece and part of a needed discussion.

    “Something that some white Americans do not understand is that there is no Black American that has NEVER experienced a racial incident. That just does not happen. […] The idea that Republicans think racism has been completely stamped out is what keeps some Blacks from even considering the GOP. ”

    I don’t think this is what Hawkins and others believe regarding racism in the US. It’s not that we believe racism has been eradicated but, rather, that it has been reduced significantly, if not to the point of background noise. Yes, every minority does experience racism. I don’t think that Hawkins believes otherwise. It a matter of degree and comparison.

    Racism like other human failings is just that, part of human nature. There has been a good deal of it in the past and there will be some in the future. We are imperfect beings. To say that the US is tolerates racist behavior less than anytime in the past is not to say there is none at all. It only recognizes that there will always be a certain level of it, but the US is probably one of the least racist societies in the world.

    I wish all Americans could spend a few weeks, months overseas if only to experience how other nationalities and cultures interact with one another. The Left always decries the US as an indelibly racist country without the briefest of comparisons to other countries or cultures. An honest reflection of the matter would reveal this to be another of the Left’s dishonest tropes.

    Again, this isn’t to say there is no racism or blacks do not feel that racism plays a significant part of the American experience. Hawkins fails to develop his point to make this clear, but he focuses on the degree of how this affects blacks and all Americans. Hawkins’ piece is too short to develop any of these ideas well, so we’re left with empty space instead but the key word is ‘significant'; to what degree is racism still a obstacle to a free and fair America? Is there a victim ‘culture’ that relies on racism as a scapegoat? Or is the US still a pervasively racist country?

    Left out of his piece is how the GOP and conservatives can address the concern of blacks and other minorities regarding how we continue down the path of a free and prosperous America for all citizens. The hard question for many conservatives is how we address identity politics without giving into the divisive and illiberal frame of racialism.

    I think the underlying, cut-to-the-chase conservative dialog runs something like, “Yes, racism still exists. It exists as much as lying, cheating and stealing exist and will always exist. Shall we turn the government into a machine to make men perfect or constantly try to adjust outcomes in individuals’ lives in order to compensate for our imperfect nature?”

    It seems the Left is happy to turn the government into a redistribution machine, stoking feelings of victimhood just enough to keep the heat on conservatives and off the failures of crony socialism.

    Ultimately and most difficult of all things, is that conservatives need to gather all the allies they can, but they cannot become what they oppose for the sake of power. And at some point the cult of the victim must be opposed.


  9. I have a slight semantical disagreement with your article.

    Racism, is outright hatred towards another person, due to the color of their skin. While I believe prejudice and bigotry still exists within society, blatant acts of racism are extremely rare.

    We MUST NOT allow the Left to obfuscate language to mean whatever they wish it to mean, otherwise everything will become hate.

  10. Thank you for your insight. I still don’t *get* the black/white thing. I do acknowledge there are issues where some (not all) white people are uncomfortable or judgmental of blacks and where some (not all) black people are uncomfortable or judgemental of whites. It goes both ways. However, racism is a strong word. defines it as “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has THE RIGHT TO RULE OTHERS”. This defines much of what we see from the Democratic party today — they show they want to rule the black community by their legislation of entitlement and welfare programs which are all about the elitist few keeping the poor people poor. Research further into their pro-abortion platform and funding of Planned Parenthood and its cause for question why any black person would ever give their vote to a Democrat. Most clinics are setup in poor black communities and a large percentage of abortions are from the black population. The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger’s goal was to use abortion clinics as a way to “ethnic cleanse” the black population. This is deplorable. See I ask why would any black person support the Democratic Party unless they just don’t know!?!

    I’m white and have friends that are black. When I was younger & at a very impressionable age working at my first job, I was robbed by 2 black men. Not too long after that, I had more negative experiences with black men, one was being pulled over by a black police officer who proceeded to make some negative judgements of me, saying that I’ve probably been spoiled my whole life, I probably had everything handed to me, used to getting my way, etc. Those comments are far from the truth of my situation—he judged me based on what he saw on the outside. My point is, even though I had negative experiences with black men, I do not use those isolated experiences as an excuse to hold grudges against ALL black men nor do I judge a person by their skin color. However, if there is someone acting strange & dressed for trouble (disheveled & looking like a hoodlum), yes, I will error on the side of being cautious & getting out of that situation—doesn’t matter their skin color.

    As far as the lack of “Blacks for Romney” tab on Romney’s website, it just seems to me that having a distinction like that is wrong—would we expect a “Whites for Romney” tab, too?

    Here is ancient truth that we can all be reminded of, “man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

  11. Stacy, I’m happy to see black Republicans are finally acknowledging this issue more openly. However, I do want to say a few things, in particular to your statement:
    “Any voter block that blindly pledges their allegiance to a party for more than 40 years while suffering under that party’s policies can expect to be taken for granted and then ignored.”

    This is a criticism for which black Democrats are unfairly and inaccurately singled out.
    1. As someone who grew up in a black, middle-class, ‘Democrat’ household, I and millions of other black, middle class Americans in NO WAY suffered under Democratic policies. (In fact, my most difficult economic struggles took place under Reagan, when my student loans were cut in half during my sophomore year in college) It’s time we recognized that black poverty has been cut in half in a single generation (from 1960 until today). Blacks are making progress, not all of us are suffering. But the GOP’s message doesn’t reflect that, as you so clearly demonstrate.

    2. Blacks are not the only group that votes in a block. For example, it’s been about 40 years since prayer was taken out of schools and Roe v. Wade was passed. But year after year the “Religious Right” (if that’s the proper term) keeps voting for Republicans that promise to put God back into our schools, or to make abortion illegal. And year after year it doesn’t happen. Didn’t Bush promise to pass a Constitutional Amendment to ban abortion – in his FIRST term?
    And what about the white working class who have continued to vote Republican even though for the past 30 years big corporations having been closing down factories and outsourcing blue collar jobs? I’d call that “blindly pledging their allegiance to a party…” But rarely are these or other blocks singled out as being foolish or “brain-washed” for their voting habits.

    3. You also agreed that “Most Black Americans think the racists of old were Republicans” Ms. Washington, did you miss the 2008 presidential campaign? Even better, were you paying attention to Newt Gingrich just this year when he said that “black children don’t have a work ethic because their parents don’t get up in the morning and go to work”? Blacks don’t have to go back 100 years to find racist sentiments in the GOP, we just have to listen to Gingrich, Rick Santorum or countless other Republicans that take every opportunity to equate blacks with welfare, food-stamps, handouts and everything else except jobs, hard work and sacrifice. Further, it is not lost on the black community that these comments aren’t tough love meant for our benefit, but stated to appease the working class voter who needs someone to blame for their own “suffering”. And the GOP is all too ready to use blacks as their political sacrificial lambs (and then ask for our votes…really?)

    The GOP should take a lesson from OBAMA. In 2008, when Obama was asked why he didn’t have more working class support – he stated that they “clung to their God and their guns”. How many votes do you think he lost by making that comment? Have you heard any more negative comments toward the white working-class such as this from the Democrats? NO! because the Democrats know that you don’t insult people if you want their vote!! Contrary to yet another erroneous statement in your article, blacks don’t vote democrat because we think they love us, but because Republicans show us that they DON’T!

    Ms. Washington, this article is exactly what turns many blacks off to the GOP – that the black community is seen as lazy, welfare cheats that are pimped like crack whores by our great white ‘Massas’, the Democrats. As if blacks are incapable of thinking in our own best interest, or making choices (i.e. no one is forced to go on welfare) The irony is that these sentiments are included in an article that questions why more blacks don’t join the Republican Party. Worse, this article is penned by black woman who supports the GOP!

    So, If the GOP really wants more blacks in their party, 1. STOP insulting and using the black community as a whipping post. 2. Black Republicans – GROW A BACKBONE! Have the guts to show some respect and sensitivity toward your own community and then DEMAND that your counterparts to do so as well!

    • Stacy Washington


      I appreciate your lengthy response. Some of your statements are valid and while they may fit your own perspective they do not bear out when compared to statistics on Black Americans.

      Blacks as a percentage of the population suffer from poverty on a much higher scale than any other minority group. The increase in poverty can be traced back to Welfare programs that insisted upon the father being absent from the home in order to receive benefits. Over 70% of black babies are born to out of wedlock mothers compared to just under 40% for whites.

      It’s wonderful that you grew up middle class, but what about the majority of blacks that never see a glimpse of that same success?

      Blacks are the only minority group in the US that vote over 90% for one party. So instead of throwing up straw men arguments asserting that other groups are voting against their best interests, address the statement that I made. Blacks are taken for granted by the Democrats: just look at President Obama’s continual refusal to permit the DC Opportunity Scholarships to continued (School choice for Black kids trapped in failing school districts) and the utter contempt he showed the Congressional Black Caucus by telling them to “take off their bedroom slippers and get up and march for him.”

      Your response to my article is pretty typical of someone that is brainwashed and unwilling to even consider another position. You are a bit sensitive to harsh realities and quite selfish in your consideration of the plight of Blacks in America as a whole. I appreciate your disagreement, but your anger would be better directed towards the Democrats.

  12. Education and propaganda, controlled almost exclusively by the Liberal Plantation. Victimhood lies continually heaped on a population trapped in a left wing information bubble and failure cycle. Pretty hard to penetrate but worth attempting. And BTW~ I am lily white, and I have felt racism directed at me by blacks. Can we ever acknowledge this, or 50 years after civil rights is it still just a one way street?

    • ‘Lilly white” did a black person ever deny you employment because you’re white? were you denied a home, a loan, or any such opportunity by a black person simply because of the color of your skin? That’s what racism is. And no, you have not experienced that.

    • Stacy Washington

      Racism can go both ways. Affirmative action only makes whites resentful, and places blacks at a disadvantage because they are thought to be getting something that they don’t deserve. While this isn’t always the case, that is what is perceived.

  13. Hey Stacy! I really like your article. I have been attending my local Republican Club Meetings and there is a major lack in Black attendance.. Okay let me be completely honest, there is no black attendance. I was wondering if you could email me with some advice on how to reach out to the black community. I might be starting a Young Republicans Club and I really want to reach out to all races. I would really appreciate any advice! Thanks!

    • Stacy Washington

      Hi Elizabeth:
      The most important thing to any person is that they feel welcomed. I have regularly attended meetings for the GOP where I felt welcome. And reaching outside of our normal circles to befriend someone that might not otherwise be on our radar is helpful too. Otherwise, sometimes it’s just luck…

  14. Proportionally speaking, in this capitalUSt$ culture, far more white judeo-christians in each generation are born into upper-middle and upper class wealth than other peoples of the U.S. As a whole, whites have a much shorter, when any at all, ladder to climb to “success” in the U.S. A vast majority of whites in the U.S now did not experience life prior to passage of 1960’s civil rights laws. American apartheid was real and it continues as a fundamental characteristic of U.S. capitalist economy.

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  16. I’m white. I just spent a couple of days going back and forth with a black childhood friend of mine over email because I called her out for repeated racist comments she was making on her facebook page. She and I may be a little unique in that we grew up and went to school in Selma, Al. Her concern was that she would not vote for Romney unless it could be proven that he had made considerable efforts to “promote, mentor and offer diversity programs for people of color” during his time as a business man. Further discussion revealed to me something that I have never known. Until now, I have always been taught by my Christian mother and my black friends that they just want to be treated as equal. Given the same opportunities. For people to be color blind. For their color not to be noticed or mentioned. Some don’t like the term black. Some don’t like the term Negro. Some don’t even like you to say African American. I have striven to be color blind and just see people as people. Now here was my friend telling me that she does not want her color ignored. She wants it acknowledged, but doesn’t want to be judged by it. She wants the same opportunities, but wants social programs that give A.A.’s access to services that would normally be out of reach for low income individuals. She wants me to walk on eggshells, but she wants me to celebrate her cultural diversity and she demands diversity programs be promoted by political candidates and ignores that there are no jobs! We must first produce jobs before such luxuries are even relevant. I finally asked her “Who has time to accommodate all of your expectations?” I told her that when someone passed her on the road or met her at a party, they were not running through a check list of things to do because she is A.A. All this to say, that my experience is a typical reason that the GOP is not reaching out to blacks. THEY ARE BEING COLOR BLIND. THEY ARE TRYING TO TREAT YOU LIKE THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE. They are afraid to reach out to the “blacks” because some blacks are offended and some aren’t. They are afraid to make any distinction that could be construed as “difference” “separation” “condescension” “racism”. The few that do acknowledge color and don’t say things just right are crucified. The GOP is not going to bring up color unless is can absolutely not be avoided for the simple reason that black people are not only easily offended, some live for it. If the GOP is like me, they have given up and avoid discussions of color AND black people, not because they don’t like them, but because they can’t please them and don’t want to be attacked.

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