Southeast Missourian Publishes My Article: GOP and the Black Community

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I recently gave a speech to the Cape County Republican Women's Club in Cape Girardeau, MO. I was asked to follow up the speech with an article on the same topic. I did so, and it was published in Sunday's Southeast Missourian. The topic was Conservatism and the Black Community.

Here's an excerpt:
GOP message and the black community

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Editor's note: Adrienne Ross recently spoke in Cape Girardeau at the Cape County Republican Women's Club.

By Adrienne Ross

Every race, creed, and gender would state emphatically they are not a monolithic group. They are comprised of individuals who have various personalities, priorities and preferences. Black Americans surely are no exception. However, who can deny the fact 95 percent of black Americans reserve their votes for the Democrat party?

That's an astounding statistic and seems to belie the claims of anti-monolithism. This has been the case for decades. Thus, it begs two questions: "Why?" and "What should Republicans do about it?"

I grew up believing Republicans were white people who cared about white people -- rich white people. They were, therefore, racist. Blacks were Democrats -- and were supposed to be Democrats. Democrats were people like my family: people who cared about the little guy, were compassionate, and believed in lending a helping hand to those in need.

I don't remember anyone sitting me down to tell me this was the truth, but for as long as I could remember, this simply was the truth.

Because I was apolitical until recent years, I did not possess the knowledge or interest to counter these givens. It was not until I was over 30 years old that I began to feel convicted about my complacent attitude toward what was going on in this nation. Until then, not only had I not voted, but I was not even registered to vote.

In 2004, however, everything changed. It was then I asked two friends why blacks were Democrats and not Republicans. Until then, I had absolutely no information about what the parties represented. All I knew was Republicans were racist and Democrats were compassionate. After the conversation with my friends, I realized I actually knew nothing at all.

I discovered that I had been duped, bamboozled, hoodwinked. I was no Democrat -- and I certainly still was black! So what was that all about?

To my amazement, I soon came to see I was a conservative, both fiscally and socially. Not only that, but I realized many of the black people I knew were no more Democrat than I. Many of us embraced the same values that are inherent within the Republican party.

If this is true, why, then, has the Republican party not been able to capture the black vote? Why have we not even wholeheartedly sought the black vote? I am convinced the reason is deeply rooted in the fact we on the political right are simply not consumed with race.

The left uses race as a weapon. They race-bait to play on the emotions of a community already understandably hypersensitive about race.

Republicans promote the planks of the platform, which are good for all people. They find no need to pinpoint different groups of people, and they certainly do not choose to exploit them. This is America, and a platform that supports individual liberty, personal responsibility, limited government, low taxes, a strong military defense, and a respect for God and life empowers everyone, so it need not highlight minorities in particular.

Sounds good, and it is good -- but it is not working to appeal to all people, which means the GOP has a problem.

So should the Republican party specifically target the black community? I asked this recently when giving a speech to the Cape County Republican Women's Club.
Read the full article here.

If you have not seen the speech that I presented, here it is on YouTube.


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