5% Is Too Many 

5% Is Too Many

The GOP attracts only about 5 percent of the African American vote.  5 percent, however, is too many when you break down the numbers. 

 
There were 131,144,000 voters during the 2012 Presidential election.  That means that over 655,000 blacks vote Republican based on the 5 percent attracted to that party.

 

"It's not what I do, but the way I do it. It's not what I say, but the way I say it." ~ Mae West

The party of Lincoln became the party of Jesse Helms. And having written off black voters in favor of a white conservative Southern and Western bloc, the Republican Party moved out smartly and never looked back.  Long before Rush Limbaugh, Helms pioneered the use of television to rally public sentiment.  In 1960, he took a job as a TV commentator. He spent the decade railing against King, "Negro hoodlums," the media, "sex perverts," and anyone on welfare. As he explained in one of his nightly five-minute broadcasts, "A lot of human beings have been born bums." 

 

"Jesse Helms understood before anyone else that the proverbial angry white male feels the most aggrieved, and is therefore the most likely to vote," says Larry Sabato, a professor of government at the University of Virginia.

 

African Americans can forget about finding a welcome mat at the GOP.  Former head of the Republican National Committee (RNC) Ed Gillespie once said, "Minority Inclusion is a top, top priority." The pledge was a lie.

 

“We’re all concerned about the fact that the very wealthy and the very poor, the most and least educated, and a majority of minority voters seem to have more or less stopped paying attention to us.  And we should be concerned that, as a result of all this, the Republican Party seems to be slipping into a position of being more of a regional party than a national one. In politics there's a name for a regional party, it's called a minority party." ~ Senator Mitch McConnell

 

The GOP leadership ignores the northeast and mid-Atlantic states and they keep writing off the black vote.   
 
To witness the level of regression is surreal.  A small cadre of black Republicans worked long and hard since before the Nixon era to keep a committed black presence in the GOP. Most of them have apparently faded away, been driven out or have become Democrats.  All of them were loyal and had much to contribute, but they were not given opportunity to advance within the party. In the end, they got tired.
 
For black Americans, it is unwise not to hold the Republican Party, one of the two major political forces in the country, accountable for its actions in addressing their concerns, regardless of who is in the White House. 

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