When you see Republicans or Republican events on TV, you see a crowd of nothing but White faces in the audience.Â Because of these optics, many Blacks feel that the party has absolutely no interest in Blacks being involved in their events on any level. Republicans and Blacks agree on the need to address the high unemployment within our community.
According to early pollingÂ figures, Black participation in this yearâ€™s midterm was 12 percent, Â down slightly from 13 percent in 2010.Â Eighty-nine percent of Blacks voted for Democratic congressional candidates and 10 percent voted for Republicans. This yearâ€™s figures match the 2010 midterm figures for Democrats and represents a slight increase in support for Republicans, up from 9 percent in 2010 to 10 percent in 2014.
With Republicans now controlling Congress, I am optimistic that they will propose legislation to deal with the high unemployment rate within the black community, propose legislation that advances school choice and vouchers and have hearings on how to create a better business climate for small and minority businesses.
Itâ€™s almost as though the Black vote doesnâ€™t exist and doesnâ€™t matter.Â It seems as though Democrats are saying why pay attention or pander to Blacks; they know Blacks will always give them their vote and not expect or demand anything in return. The Hispanic vote is only influential in a few states:Â California, New Mexico, or Nevada to name a few. They tend to congregate in large numbers in a small number of states.The Black vote is wide and deep, especially in the South and Northeast.
Just as the Democrats seem to be happy with the perception that they are for the Black community, though this is not backed up by the facts, the Republicans seem to be happy accepting the notion that they will never get any significant support from the Black community, though this is not backed up by the facts
To our parents and grandparents, having a Black president was a dream long before it was a reality.Â Who could ever imagine after surviving slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement, that America would ever be ready to elect a Black president?Â During our sleep was the only realm in which we thought this would ever be possible, and certainly not twice.
So I would strongly caution Dr. Carson: Tread carefully before deciding to run for president. Most of the people who are telling you to run will refuse to give you money if and when you throw your hat into the ring. They will come up with all types of excuses as to why they are financially unable to give you a contribution, despite all the months of exhorting you to run. Remember, â€śWhen all is said and done, thereâ€™s more said than done.â€ť
During the past six years, some Republicans and conservatives have described President Obama and his administration as totally incompetent. I have harshly criticized those who would use such incendiary language because it showed total disrespect for the office of the presidency.Though I still think this language is totally inappropriate, I have come to agree with the point they were trying to make: this administration is in way over its head. Obama and his team constantly lie to the American people (IRS, Benghazi, illegal immigration), they put the interests of others before the interests of Americans, and they are obsessed with the notion of being â€śliked.â€ť
So, letâ€™s be real, pro sports could care less about domestic violence or child abuse (nor should theyâ€”they are not a social welfare agency).Â They are about making money and if they have to pretend to care about these issues to keep the money flowing, then they are willing to make an example out of Ray Rice and anyone else who stands between them and their $10 billion a year revenue.
To his credit, Scott has not bought into the ridiculous notion that you canâ€™t be Black and Republican, too. I have never heard him make the asinine statement that â€śI am not a Black senator, I am a senator who happens to be Black,â€ť as though he was just walking down the street and â€śBlacknessâ€ť suddenly jumped all over him.