Part II, Question II: “The GOP & Outreach, White Fear of the Black Community”

Folks, it’s official. This particular part of the blog series has been dubbed a “roasting” by me. This part is a bit longer, so get comfortable & fasten your seat belts. I had written this piece & was ready to publish it but after a few re-reads, I realized that what I had originally written was too politically correct & I needed to be true to myself, so I re-wrote it. Actually, I was most eager to answer this question above all others, because even though I perceive the first part regarding white Republicans as a loaded question, it is a legitimate one because the topic needs to be addressed, one way or the other. Some of you may see the two components to this topic as different questions but I don’t, so in order to keep the list at ten, I have combined these two questions regarding white people & their presence in the black community. I have no doubt that there are parts of my answer that some black people & some white Republicans won’t like or agree with but such is life & as is colloquially expressed, “If you can’t stand the heat…” well, you all know the rest. To start, let’s give a little background information on the black vote as it relates to the GOP (Good Ole’ Party aka Republican party), according to Wikipedia:

“Currently, most of the Republican voter base is Caucasian. While historically the party had been supporters of rights for African Americans since the 1860s, it lost its leadership position; the GOP has been winning under 15% of the black vote in recent national elections (1980 to 2008). The party has recently nominated African American candidates for senator or governor in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland, though none were successful. In the 2010 elections, two African American Republicans were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republican Party abolished slavery under Abraham Lincoln, defeated the Slave Power, and gave blacks the vote during Reconstruction in the late 1860s. Until the New Deal of the 1930s, blacks supported the GOP by large margins. Most black voters switched to the Democratic Party in the 1930s when the New Deal offered them employment opportunities, and major figures, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, began to support civil rights. They became one of the core components of the New Deal Coalition. In the South, blacks were able to vote in large numbers after 1965, when a bipartisan coalition passed the Voting Rights Act, and ever since have formed a significant portion (20-50%) of the Democratic vote in that region.”

So there we have it. The major shift from the GOP to the Democrat party for most black people came essentially because of entitlements. The Democratic party, led by then president FDR in the 1930′s did all of the things above in addition to the expansion of the public welfare program to include black women, which played a key role in the destruction of the black family & the decline of black marriages. Even today a family won’t receive the maximum benefits if the man is in the household, regardless of race. It’s interesting to me that this Wikipedia article doesn’t go into this reality of the welfare system but, I digress.

Currently, most black people’s perception of the GOP as a racist party has indeed kept the GOP from doing outreach in the black community, or has it? I mean the GOP does a ton of outreach in the white, Hispanic, Asian & Native American & other ethnic communities right? NOT! Black people, I hate to burst your bubble, but the GOP is terrible at outreach in ALL communities – we aren’t uniquely ignored and there is no racism directed towards us. Many of you really should stop believing the trumped up racism charges from the likes of Michael Moore, Bill Maher, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Roland Martin, Maxine Waters & others. Use your own mind & investigate for yourself. Don’t rely on the overwhelmingly liberal media to dictate to you, who and what is racist & don’t rely on me or other republicans/conservatives to tell you who is lying about the GOP – take what I share with you and research it for yourself! That is just the cold, harsh reality.

Republicans, white or otherwise, for the most part, absolutely fail at community outreach. I’m inclined to believe the failure of the GOP to do outreach in our communities is actually something that some of you enjoy, as it gives you the excuse needed to charge the party with racism, every opportunity you get. <sarcasm alert> Oh I’m sorry, I meant the WHITE members of the party – I guess the 11% of us non-white Republicans are off the hook because we do a tremendous amount of outreach also. When I saw “white Republicans” in the questions I was thinking to myself, “Do they really think most black Republicans are any better?” So black community,  does it really concern you THAT much, that white Republicans are not in your communities doing outreach? Poppycock! (as Dr. McCoy from Star Trek TOS would say-hey, proud trekkie here!) I don’t believe it one bit, I think it’s just another thing to complain about regarding white people or else you would have included all republicans in your question. I just think it is hypocritical of so many of you to charge Republicans with racism over and over again and then reach your hand out for them to do outreach!? Excuse my candor, but what the hell? Some of you have a lot of nerve!

The overwhelming majority of Black people have been voting faithfully at the local and national level for Democratic candidates for years (that’s the thanks the GOP gets for doing small things like….oh I don’t know – freeing the slaves  & other things, oh how quickly we forget & how frequently we ignore this in our haste to shout “GOP Racism!”). Now don’t get me wrong, this is your prerogative, people can vote for whomever they want. The interesting thing is that the majority of Americans (nearly 80%) don’t trust the government or politicians. In my opinion, that is definitely the case throughout the black community, as so many of the black people who responded to my survey echoed this in the phrasing of certain questions that did & did not make the list. The irony is,  if this is the sentiment throughout black communities, then the mistrust and aversion to the GOP is really misdirected. Why? Because we keep electing Democrats mostly, especially at the local level! Some of you, in your responses to me, have falsely assessed that the problems in our communities can be traced to racist Republicans – it’s complete nonsense! You don’t vote for Republicans! You don’t give them the chance to “corrupt our communities” & express racism in the black community! Give me a break already with the accusations!

The GOP thinks that if they come into our communities to do outreach they will not be received well and will be charged with racism and they are right in my opinion. Many black people act as though they really want to hear from the GOP and they don’t. They just want the opportunity to charge racism & protest their presence in person – again, my opinion. When I asked one of my fellow conservative bloggers John Hawkins why white Republicans don’t do outreach in the black community, this was his response and I concur:

“Simple. They believe they will be called a racist no matter what they say and I think there’s a secondary fear that they simply won’t be listened to because they’re white. The fix for that would be to get black Republicans to do outreach, but Republicans consider that to be “identity politics” and are ideologically opposed to it. It’s a no-win situation. White Republicans don’t do outreach because they think they’d be called racist, but they don’t want to have black Republicans to do it because they think it’s wrong to do race based politics. So, in the end, they just do nothing.”

John is correct. Consider the recent incident with Charlotte Bergmann, a black Republican candidate for U.S. Congress (9th district) from Tennessee. She was an invited guest on the Thaddeus Matthews radio show in Memphis, TN. To say that Matthews, a wannabe “shock jock” who is a black Democrat was disrespectful to her is an extremely, serious understatement. Here is the exchange:

BLACK CONSERVATIVE GETS THROWN OUT OF STUDIO (SELLOUT TO THE TEA PARTY)

Now black people, if a BLACK Republican, a woman, a mother, can be treated in such a vile, disrespectful, hateful manner by a black Democrat, why on the earth, sun & moon would you think ANY white Republican with half a brain would voluntarily step into our communities for a potential, similar, public, political lynching? I’m gonna leave it at that and move on to the whites in the GOP because I have a few choice words for them too.

Now we all know that nearly 73% of the US population is white according to the 2010 census. Of that number, 63.7% are non-Hispanic whites. 16.3% of the population is Hispanic, and 12.6% is black. US Census data shows that from 1990 to 2000 we had a population which consisted of 75.1% white people, 12.5% Hispanic & 12.3% black. Do I need to spell it out to you white Republicans? The number of minorities is growing and the number of white people is getting smaller – bit by bit. The GOP cannot afford to continue to use the no-win situation described above as an excuse to not do outreach. I asked three of my wise, black Republican friends why they thought outreach was important & here are their responses:

Alfonzo Rachel:
Out reach is important! But I do understand that one of the main reasons why republicans don’t is because of the cold and even hostile reception. Case in point, Thaddeus Matthews, and how he treated Charlotte Bergman. But yes, there should be a coalition of republicans & conservatives prepared to tour and promote conservative ideas!

Walter Myers III:
Simple. If you don’t show up they don’t think you care. They’re not just looking for the values of the party, they’re looking for actions.

D Adam C (a Moderate actually):
I don’t think white Republicans really get what it means to outreach to diverse communities. The demographics are changing and the party is only looking at it from a surface level. In order to expand the party and untarnish the brand it means that members have to do some cold, hard, soul searching and start to address issues they would soon rather not discuss.

One can say Democrats have squandered the black vote without really doing much to change people’s economic lives. But being called out for not doing enough or  not doing the right things is a heck of a lot better than doing nothing.”

I have researched relentlessly for GOP budgets which included outreach not only in minority communities, but outreach period and let me tell you – it’s almost non-existent. As far as I am concerned, you spend money on the things that are important to you. If the GOP wants to remain relevant and not become obsolete, outreach is a must. Black Republicans, in my opinion, must help lead this charge. In my home city of Atlanta,Georgia, I only know of one group of Republicans who are doing a voter registration drive on college campuses – ONE! and Georgia is one of the most red states there is. Republicans – white & black, start doing outreach or get ready for extinction. Do you really want to be known as a club for wealthy, elitist, white people only, with so few minorities, that it appears as if you have just enough to meet a quota? (Of course there is no actual quota just making a point here.) If so, then keep doing what you’re not doing! Let’s face the initial backlash directly with courage, for the truth is on our side! We have the most viable & fair solutions to many of the ills in black communities so get your white, elitist heads out of the clouds (many of you not all) and do what needs to be done! You have the support of your minority members including me, so wake the hell up!

Moving forward, “Why do white people fear black neighborhoods?” Look, this is a no brainer. My short answer to this question in Part I was “the same reason that black people are afraid of black neighborhoods!” – and that’s the answer. Black on black crime is rampant in many of our communities. In fact from 1976 to 2005 94% of black homicide victims were killed by other black people. Now, it’s important to note that 86% of white homicide victims were in fact, killed by other white people as well. Most homicides are intraracial, regardless of the race. The reality is though,that the rate of homicides for black people is higher. I wish it were not the case, but black people commit homicides seven times higher than the rates for white people. Bear in mind that there are less black people in the country, remember, we are only 12.6% of the population as of 2010. Now some of you are brooding with:

  • It’s the white man’s fault.
  • It’s the unfair sentencing of the judicial system.
  • It’s slavery and racism.
  • Some other ridiculous excuse that I’d rather not hear.

None of those things matter, even if they all were true, the alleged judicial system biases are irrelevant to this discussion because we are talking about why white people fear going into black communities, so personally, I don’t want to hear those excuses. Furthermore, if white people were the cause of all of this, why are we killing each other? It’s reminds me of  the stupidity in the 1990′s after the Rodney King verdict – we rioted & tore up our own community! How does that punish anyone but ourselves, if we are so upset with the white man? How does attacking & brutally beating up a random white person in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting serve any purpose? If I didn’t know so very many sane & rational black people like me, who don’t like this foolishness either, I’d think we were animals by some of the behavior I have seen in our communities.

No, I don’t want to hear “they do it too” because the question is asking about the perceptions by a specific group of people towards another. For the record, I think that the perpetrators of homicides in the white community whose  victims are white, are animals too. Now since only 6% of homicides with black offenders involved persons of different races,  statistically speaking, white people should not be afraid of  black neighborhoods. Instead they should fear their own neighborhoods more, but those statistics are one thing, real life perceptions are another. Add in the amount of media coverage for crime involving black people – especially black men, then add in the disproportionate rates of violent crime. Of course in both communities, I don’t know what percentage of those homicides were justifiable homicides, as in self-defense scenarios, or accidental ones. So yes, if I was white, seeing and hearing the reports and reading the statistics I might be afraid to enter a black community since we are leading the way in violent crime statistics. However, I’d also have the common sense to know that not all black people commit crimes, much less violent ones. People are generally more comfortable around others that look  like them and this is applicable to all races. It’s not up to me or any other black person to tell them that their fear is not justified at all, in light of statistics like those.

I will ask white people to keep in mind that not all black people want to snatch your purse, kill or rape you – one of the statistics that is higher for white people are homicides involving sex crimes. Black people commit the fewest of those, but we commit the most drug related homicides (refer to DOJ link earlier). I will also say to white people that there are plenty of law-abiding black citizens who hate the crime in their communities just as you do and many are working hard to eliminate it and speaking out more & more. We are elated when a criminal is taken off of our streets and we are angered when they are not apprehended. We have active neighborhood watch groups in many of our communities and we want our children to be able to play outside and walk down the street safely, just as you do. Many of us love the second amendment  and if you break into our homes, or come onto our properties with ill intent towards our families, you will get some hot steel coming your way, no matter what race you are. Please believe it.

The last point I want to make on this topic is that the number of mixed communities in America is growing. In fact, more than half of white, black & Hispanic people said they prefer to live in a racially, heterogeneous neighborhood and many actually do right now. Of course there is still voluntary segregation, but that is changing slowly. One of these days, we won’t speak of communities as separate racial entities because we’ll all live together – that’s what MLK, Jr wanted, let us not forget! I have to be honest and say that my only personal preferences would be to live near those of the same religious faith and value system which I subscribe to. The bottom line is this though, if you leave my family and I alone and respect my property, privacy and don’t violate any general rules of courtesy & decency, you can live next to me. I don’t care what race you are if you do those things – you’re alright with me. I will do the same for you. Black people, let’s stop worrying so much about white fear of our homogeneous neighborhoods and deal with the probable source of such fear – high crime. If you are honest with yourselves, you know, you have some of the same fears. If I have to walk down my street at night, I’m not looking over my shoulder for a white man or woman, that’s just the truth. Let’s do this for ourselves. What good is it, to concern ourselves with how others perceive our communities if we live in fear constantly, of one another.

Finally, I know the personal attacks are coming. I can feel it in the “cyberair”. I’ll save some of you the trouble of launching such attacks by launching the attack myself, on myself. Some of you will call me a sellout, Uncle Tom, House negro (or the pejorative n****r), disgrace to my race, uppity, ignorant, a “female dog”, wannabe white person. You’ll say I’m trying to garner favor with black people, some white Republicans might even say I’m trying to garner favor with black people or Democrats (as if!) or that I have offended them or brought shame to my political party. Some will rush to tell me of their personal experiences in outreach or any experience that “disproves” something I have said, as if all of America is represented by your experiences in life or where you live. I know of outreach efforts in the Hispanic community by some republicans but those are fairly recent and a drop in the bucket of GOP outreach to minorities. Besides that, the question was specifically about the black community. I’m pretty sure that I have left some potential ad hominems off and someone is bound to get creative with one but this is my opinion & I stand by it. I have made that crystal clear. It’s not Kira Davis’ opinion or any contributor to this site except me. Kira is just kind enough to let me share my thoughts here because she thinks I’m a good writer, and I thank her for this space. I don’t represent all black people nor all white republicans or all republicans period. I am Talitha K. McEachin, these thoughts and opinions are my own and I can only be me. Next time:

Part III Question I (to be clear these are only Questions II in the overall series, “The Top 10 Things Black & White people want to know about One another, but won’t ask”)

From white people:

Why is it okay for black people to use the “N” word , and wrong when a white person uses it?

Short Answer: It’s not okay when white or black people use it! It is also a double standard since black people use pejoratives for white people as well.

From black people:

Why do white people dismiss slavery as if it never happened? Why don’t white people want to pay the reparations they owe black people for slavery?

Short answer: While I don’t think that most white people completely dismiss it, I think they are sick of hearing it used an an excuse for failures and  being blamed for it when they, like today’s blacks, are so far removed for it. They don’t want to pay reparations because they are not responsible for something an ancestor did hundreds of years ago. Then there are many others who whose early ancestors did not immigrate to America until after slavery.

 

*If you’ve missed the previous parts of this series, it’s okay! get caught up here*:

Part II Question I “African American or Black? What do you prefer to be called?”

Part I: “The Top 10 Things Black & White people want to know about one another but won’t Ask”

An Introduction: “The Top 10 Things Black & White People want to know about one another, but won’t Ask”

(For other blogs before this series, just click my name under the title of any blog & a complete listing will appear in chronological, descending order)

81 Comments

  1. Jewell S. says:

    Another wonderfully written, informative blog. Talitha McEachin. I don’t think it’s possible for you to write a bad blog! love it, keep them coming!

    • Eugene R. says:

      I don’t believe I could have said it better. I am a Black Republican in the Dallas area. We do outreach and it is a challenge, but we must press on.

    • Julie Fadoir says:

      Talitha -

      Beautifully written, again, my friend. Your last question “Why do white people dismiss slavery as if it never happened?” I’d like to answer that, from my perspective as a white person. I personally never owned slaves nor do I know anyone who did. The time of slave ownership in the United States ended over 100 years ago. It was wrong, even though it was part of that particular culture. Time has changed. I don’t feel that I OWE anyone anything because their ancestors were slaves. I had no voice in that one way or another, so WHY would I be accused of “white guilt” or being dismissive of something that I had no say in. None of my family ever owned slaves–my grandparents came here from Luxemburg in the early 1900′s. It’s just not good to lump everyone who is “white” or “pink” (I did get a chuckle out of pink) into one category just as it would be wrong to generalize about ALL blacks based on a few. As far as the slavery issue goes I think it does need to be let go–not in our history, we need to know this happened, so it doesn’t happen again or be completely forgotten, but we need to stop letting that be an issue between people who had not to do with being a slave or owning slaves. I hope you don’t mind my being honest with you, but I just wanted to give you my take on it.

  2. areopagitica says:

    In the last couple of years you might say I did “outreach” in numerous areas that have seen caucasian passersby rather seldom. Too, I had a wonderful conversation with a passenger on a Greyhound, who was actually African educated. She was so interested to chat that I swapped email addresses. Some long cab rides have allowed worthwhile conversations and come to many points of agreement. At no time have I ever encountered hostility and have a far better rapport with any of the black folk anywhere than with the Hispanic communities.

  3. Michael Harris says:

    Sadly, lots to truth to this blog…..It’s an up hill struggle. Black people are nearly completely brainwashed into believing the GOP hates Blacks, poor, women now they are working on Latinos. I think the GOP has all but given up on the black vote, and I can’t much blame them. I have gone to “Black Democrat districts” promoting a Black Republican against a black Democrat…and they still won’t listen. Heck my own family won’t listen. I think if we are to reach the Black population with a conservative message it’s going to take an act of the GOD to free us from political bondage.

    • Michael it is sad….some in my family are starting to see the light but most haven’t & probably won’t. They do know that Ill never come over tot he dark side lol keep the faith & keep sharing!

  4. HOLLY says:

    Once again, Talitha, you hit the nail on the head! I asked myself, as a white woman, why I would be afraid, even in the company of a black man, to go into black communities to do outreach. The simple reason is I don’t think I would be welcome, and would be looked upon with suspicion. I think blacks would not take much of what I would say with seriousness, that I would just be another white person who had not experienced racism, and so would have nothing to say they could relate to.

  5. Rick N says:

    Hi Talitha! It’s 4:30am on the West Coast. My mind may be cloudy and my eye-to-hand acuity (my excuse for typos) is not sharp yet. Several words just come to mind about this post. Outreach, economics, and psychological are just a few. The radio interview with candidate Bergmann and Matthews was a disgrace. But you know what? That woman held her own trying to educate the uneducated and the unwilling.

    To me, the word “outreach” means a deliberate attempt to inform the public or express an opinion. Liquor stores don’t need to do outreach in a community. I believe part of the political differentiation gap between Republicans and Black America is the definition of economics. Republicans, especially those in business, use supply & demand laws as tools to improve oneself. Black America’s misunderstanding and lack of economic knowledge are seen as a weapon to keep people poor. I live in a northern Sacramento County, California community that has a high Russian, eastern European population (Ukraine, Romania, Moldova). Twenty-five years ago, when the Soviet Union crumbled (via Ronald Reagan’s “Tear Down These Walls”) millions of eastern Europeans were able to leave communism and were immediately thrust into capitalism where they would have better opportunity. Currently, many of these immigrants have businesses. Their community leaders have their own banks. Many of their children are just now completing business, engineering, and nursing degrees. In our local Starbucks in NE Sacramento, there are groups of Russians and Ukranians in study groups helping each other prepare for final exams. My Black brothers and sisters are not even in the game. I rarely see one, forget about a group of young Black people studying for finals. Here’s a caveat: NE Sacramento is not Washington DC or Atlanta or Chicago where there are larger Black populations. But If I drive west, 12 miles, to Central Sacramento, where more Blacks live, you still will not see many Blacks studying.

    There’s a saying in mathematics and it applies to social settings, too. “The easiest path from point A to point B is a straight line”. In my opinion, most of Black America is looking for the easiest life that requires little or no effort. Therefore, the most socialist American becomes, the better. Some Blacks want no obstacles, no risk vs. reward situations where the reward may be higher than the risk.

    Finally, the psychology of this post is “gi-normous”. It reminds me of the saying: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drank”. Here’s something very interesting. In my sphere of influence, I work with business owners and often hear about small business, work-at-home opportunities like Avon, Amway, cell phone, vitamin, businesses. Recently, a new business was started by a Utah-based company with Mormons in the top leadership positions. What’s interesting and what might be crucial in outreaching to Black America is these Mormons have a attracted the most left-leaning Black people as independent business owners. What’s funny to me as a advocate of capitalism is to see how my fellow Black Americans are struggling with starting businesses that might put some significant dollars in their pockets, but at same time, want to support denigrating, poverty-laced, socialist policies promoted by the Democrats. What’s happening is despite most of my Black friends working their businesses, developed and run by Mormons, will probably vote for Democrats, even though capitalism, wealth, tax write-offs are an affront to Democrat policies.

    The conclusion? Liberals have successfully brainwashed most of Black America.

    • Rick N EXCELLENT comments & I agree on your take of outreach. This is so very true:
      “Black America’s misunderstanding and lack of economic knowledge are seen as a weapon to keep people poor.”

      So many black liberals still believe the “capitalism is racist”lie and actually think socialism will work here and that people in socialist countries are completely happy. Takia Hollowell, another writer here did a fantastic blog on that topic, here is the link:
      http://kiradavis.net/is-capitalism-inherently-racist/

      You definitely want to read that one! I agree with pretty much all of your points & I appreciate your commentary.

  6. Kim Michaud says:

    Absolutely wonderful and informative blog, Talitha! I reposted it and tweeted it, and am looking forward to reading more of what you can articulate!

  7. Wonderful piece with excellent points!

  8. Dee G. says:

    You know I havent really been araid of Blacks I was raised in neighborhood of Blacks and whites no problem….I walked to and from school with Black people as well as White people……To this day some of best friends are Black people and some times they understand things alot better then the Whites…..I am 70yrs.old and still enjoy lunches with my Black friends as well as White friends…………….yes there is alot to learn about all race for there is always good and bad in all of them not just 1 race…………….I believe in giving people a chance and not to criticize people………………

    • I’m not afraid of blacks or white but as I said, in my neighborhood I know if I’m walking down the street who to look out for. I appreciate & agree with your comments!

  9. Rick N says:

    In addition, I believe the public-at-large is using the words “racism” and “racist” incorrectly. Of course, people can interpret these words to incite levels of rage they desire. However, the popular definitions of racism and racist are ambiguous at best.

    Think hard as I try to justify my position. When you hear the phrase: “she is racist”, what comes to your mind? You can look at this phrase in two ways: 1) the colloquial or acceptable use of these words or 2): a more descriptive meaning based on what people are actually thinking!

    In the second way of looking at racism and racist, you would have to agree that the “racist” is comparing qualities and attributes of his race against another race. In other words, the “racist” sees some type of difference between his race and the other race. Here’s a definition of racism from a dictionary: “the belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.” So it’s possible that when people use the words “racism” and “racist”, they are really saying there is something different about one ethnic group with which they oppose or see less value.

    It’s funny that if a person is truly a “racist” that he must see a difference 100% of the time, in everything between his race and the other race. This is not true 100% of the time. Otherwise, in our society, we would observe absolutely no interaction between white and black people. So it’s only in certain relationships where the word racism is used…such as in employment and housing, But in sports, music, and personal relationships, white and black seem to get along pretty well.

    Here are some examples where “racism”, meaning interpreting “differences” in one another, happens among all ethnic groups. Take basketball for instance in this example. If a 3-on-3 game is about to start and teams are picking players, 3 on each team, and there are 6 black guys and 2 white guys, what is the likelihood that the white guys will be picked last or not at all, assuming that all players have equal skills on the court? Even the white guy is more likely to pick black players than the other white player. The black player is probably even more likely to pick all black players. Is it racist for blacks to be perceived as playing basketball better than whites? You bet it is. It is because anyone selecting basketball players, with the desire to win, will most likely select players who have demonstrated in the past they can play and win. And in America, it has been black players. Even in Europe and Asia, black basketball players are viewed as more skilled than their native countrymen players.

    Same thing would apply in hiring people for a highly skilled technical job. The black guy would probably be selected last in a pool of white and Asian candidates. Why? Because past performance and historical stereotypes are factors used by hiring managers to make decisions.

    So my position is that racism happens all the time (e.g., making decisions based on perceived differences), but the words “racist” and “racism” are used incorrectly. What people define as racism may be hatred in some cases. I believe there are only a small percentage of people who actually “hate” others…but I know they are out there.

    • Hmmm I agree but I think it’s safe to say that in America when a person is called a “racist” – it’s more than often assumed that it’s a white person. Some black people (especially some Afrocentrists) don’t think a black person can be racist.

  10. Christy says:

    Wonderful insight Talitha! A group that I have followed since 2007, the NBRA (National Black Republican Assoc.), has a wealth of information on the history of successful, conservative, black politicians…Yet to the question of “outreach”, I find very few people are aware the group even exixts.

  11. Gina says:

    Once again, Kira’s site and array of contributors provide some of the most intelligent, thought provoking and relevant commentary to be found anywhere. Thank you Talitha for this fascinating series. THIS is the dialog we should be having in this country!

  12. gina says:

    Hi Talitha! Me again. Old white-broad with white hair and Italian ancestry. I don’t do “outreach.” I just don’t like that term. Seems temporary, contrived, or superficial. Just do your flippin’ job well and you will connect with people regardless of racial or cultural differences. I teach a leadership program and for a few clients the majority of my students are black. If I was guessing, I’d say most of them are democrats – not all – but most. Here’s the kicker – I do a darn good job teaching these classes and I keep in touch with my grads. I’m confident that if I ran for a political office, and they could cast a ballot for me, many would cross party lines and do it. I actually saw it happen that way, years ago, in the real world of politics in my sleepy southern coastal town. I worked on a campaign for a white, female, Republican. She’d been a prosecutor for years, taking on the tough cases – many black-on-black crimes. She packed a pistol and routinely visited our toughest neighborhoods during her investigations. She worked with the neighborhood watch groups. Just like you said, “there are plenty of law-abiding black citizens who hate the crime in their communities…” This prosecutor got tired of taking violent criminals to court and watching a liberal judge slap their hands and send them right back to the very same communities to terrorize folks again. The prosecutor decided she could help the community more by challenging and replacing the judge – an act that had NEVER been taken in our community. (No one had ever challenged an incumbent county judge and no woman had ever run for the office.) The overwhelmingly Democrat black community agreed and worked with us to boot the Democrat and elect the white Republican woman. It was a great experience for me as a campaign coordinator – going into communities I would never have had a reason to visit. It was funny, I must admit, when we walked into the neighborhood meet and greet events; yep, we looked different. But the prosecutor was good at her job, and the community responded. The prosecutor didn’t develop an “outreach plan” – she just did her job well. The challenge, from my lowly perspective, is that we need to seek opportunities to cross our cultural divides and unite through our commonalities and principles on a daily basis – not in an outreach program. And, THAT is a big challenge.

  13. jenny says:

    I live in Idaho and knew one black person growing up (no joke!). Can’t say much for diversity in my little town, haha. It is interesting reading about the black political mentality as I’ve always felt that it has been from a distance. Why the majority don’t see that this welfare system keeping them in bondage is beyone me. Slavery is still going on today! The sad part is, it is done willingly. And democrats have been successful at driving blacks in by the busloads come election time. This victim card is wearing out, blacks can’t blame whites forever, at some point they will have to start blaming themselves. And honestly, I would not feel comfortable as a white person trying to tell a black person “how it is” or even convince them that, yes, they actually are conservative, but are continuing to support liberal policies. I can understand that hesitancy toward outreach. I have always had a fear of being labeled a racist…even with my one black friend as a child I remember being uncomfortable around him, not because of him, but I was afraid I would say or do something wrong and be labeled a racist. In a sense, black people have more power over whites, the race card is huge. No one wants to be called a racist, it is an insecurity that will stop you dead in your tracks.
    How do you propose outreach be done in black communities? If the Republican party feels it is disingenuous to send in black republicans, then what do you do? Send in white people to hand out free T-shirts? This is one of those things that has to be changed from the inside out. I truly think it will take strong Black Republicans like you that will stand up to this liberal ideology and shine a light on the the fallacy that democrats support blacks. I’m thinking something along the lines of Dr. Phil’s famous line: “You’ve voted Democrat for decades, how’s that working for you?”
    Thank you for this piece, I enjoy your perspective, and LOVE seeing the discussion.

  14. Kira Davis says:

    I love Walter Meyers’ quote. If you don’t show up, they don’t think you care. As Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks said this past weekend at BlogCon in Charlotte, NC “Changing government requires that people show up. So what do we do? We show up.”

  15. Theresa Jakubowski says:

    Excellent EXCELLENT article!
    I love your courage to discuss issues that so clearly need to be discussed – but many are afraid to begin the dialog.

    BRAVO!

  16. Mia says:

    Such a great blog and I am always so eager to read each one & I love it! Each one is better than the last and so many political bloggers don’t achieve that. I agree with Walter too if you don’t show up they don’t think you care. Since politicians are elected mostly and public servants, they need to at least appear as though they do care.

  17. Vincent Willis says:

    like I said on the last blog. I could read your blogs all day. You have a unique way of writing that makes it easy for a reader. I have never participated in a political outreach program but I have coached youth sports all around my city. That includes the white and black side. I felt while coaching there were many duties that needed fulfilling. Maybe I was the dad to the kid from a single mom, a leader to a child looking for guidance, a drill instructor for the knuckle headed kid that needed some obedience training (lol), a tutor for the child in need of scholastic help. I have showed up at more than one of my student athletes schools to make sure he was there and doing what he was suppose to. The reward wont be tomorrow or in the next 5 years but I know that what I have done will be with those young men for the rest of their lives and when they get older they will reflect on those times and hopefully I’ve done my part to help break some of those barriers down. If you ask a grown up who there 3rd grade teacher was, chances are they dont remember. Ask them who there first football coach was and they can tell you everything about him. I still have children 8-10 years after I coached them coming up to me somewhere in the city and telling me Hey Coach. I normally give em a big ol hug and a smile completely fills my inner being.

    As far as the question for why do I dismiss slavery? I wasnt part of it, my parents didnt own slaves, my grandparents didnt own slaves, heck none of my family ever owned slaves. We were dirt poor family from english decent coming out of the hills of southwest Va. My family were sharecroppers and worked other peoples farms for money. My grandfather moved the family to the big city after WWII where we have remained. Education and military helped me to become who I am today. Slavery is the fartherest thing in my mind with the exception to make sure that it never happens again.

    • Thanks Vincent, I really appreciate it & I do have my own voice as we all do. I try to keep it interesting! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. I agree with your comments on slavery – not all white people are slaveowner descendents and some blacks & native Americans owned slaves as well, though not in as great a number. I plan to discuss that in the topic! ;)

  18. Teresa Young says:

    Wow, powerful reading. I am going to read again later when I have more time as I really need to digest some of that more. When this question was first asked my first thought was What kind of outreach are they actually speaking of? political information outreach, community help outreach, we want your vote and we’ll promise you the sun moon and stars outreach? But I did notice in that line of questions when you first asked that right after the outreach question, a question was Why do white women steal OUR men? ( I didn’t know black men were exclusively yours and by the use of my and yours shows divisiveness in my brain) So if a white woman outreached to fall in love with a black man she is resented??? And then again in the original thread of questioning you had and after the outreach question, one black woman was all upset saying Why are all these white people on here in the black people questions thread? (I took this one personally as I was one of those white people- I thought I was outreaching but I guess I was put in my place over here in my white people spot. But don’t worry I didn’t steal one of your men) Now if outreach meant outreaching to help in the community, I go to a church here in Florida with over 10,000 attendees/members. It is set right in the middle of a black community. Every month (sometimes even more) hundreds of people (probably most white, my guess many or even a majority conservative Republicans), go out into this community and help those residents with whatever they asked assistance with- painting, repairing, cleaning. I would consider this outreach but you see politics aren’t known, because in this outreach, race, religious affiliation and political leanings don’t matter. It’s people helping people

    • Theresa Jakubowski says:

      Excellent comment!
      (also in the white corner – but trying to reach out)

      Theresa

    • Thanks so much Teresa! I know it’s a lot I had to re-read it myself several times lol I appreciate you sharing your personal experiences & insight! It means a lot!

  19. Teresa Young says:

    Talitha, that was very well written and thought provoking. Thanks for writing these. I hope somehow it brings us all to maybe understand each other more and strive for more unity and less division.

  20. Mia says:

    Talitha, now why only quotes & opinions from men? lol

  21. melvin polatnick says:

    Mugging is a part time job and is mostly done to supplement an income. Many times the mugger has to perform multiple muggings to gather enough money to make a down payment on an auto. Sneaking up on the victim and bopping them on the back of the head is preferred, it gives the mugger enough time to search and disappear before their prey gains consciousness. An added bonus for the mugger is the gun carried by their victim; it can be sold for over a hundred bucks to some naive guy that needs it for protection.

  22. Jenn HInes says:

    You’re one of the bravest women I’ve ever read. You and Kira are bright shining examples of thinking caring American citizens. That’s one of the most succinct summations of one of the most hideous situations confronting us as a country that I’ve ever read. And it’s what I’ve been silently screaming about for decades now but as a white woman I can’t voice any of those facts or I’ll be labeled a racist. I once remarked that it’s just as racist to vote for someone because of the color of their skin as it is to vote against them because of it. Living in a blue state you can imagine just how well that comment went over…

    Most of the folks I know, both black and white, have increasingly conservative views (especially in our current state of affairs) yet persist in voting democrat which makes my brain bleed. I do think that conservative outreach is important but I think it’s more likely to get real results if it’s the conservative blacks and hispanics who form the spearhead. It is interesting that conservatives in general are more financially charitable than democrats… a carefully concealed fact because it doesn’t further the MSM narrative. But I digress. Anyway, I really just wanted to thank you. Again. For your honesty, tact, courage and willingness to tackle the elephants in the room. (grin)

  23. Craig says:

    Bravo Talitha! You give me hope that one day Dr. King’s dream will come true. Much more so that the hope destroying administration we currently have.
    My comment is on slavery. I think we all need to move past it. My direct blood relative is in a grave in Mobile, AL. He left his farm, wife and baby girl in Wisconsin to fight to end slavery. He never got to see his baby girl grow up and have children of her own. So many white families were destroyed to bring freedom to the slaves but you never hear a single thank you. All you hear is whining about how life isn’t fair. It’s not fair! Face it and do something about your situation instead of whining about it (speaking to the whiners here). I for one am sick of hearing excuses blamed on slavery because the slaves are not the only ones to have suffered through that period in our history. Keep up the fight! You are a beautiful person!!!

  24. Keisha says:

    LOVE it! Talitha you’re a fantastic writer and it was worth the longer length than normal.

  25. Brad Ervin says:

    Wait. What does outreach mean, exactly? I am your normal, white, Republican, conservative. No one has ever reached out to me. Not the Republicans, not the Democrats, not the liberals…NO ONE. What does outreach mean?

    Does outreach mean tailoring your message to an audience? I mean, like changing what you say from venue to venue to make your tent bigger? If it means going door to door or advertising on adversarial media outlets I think everyone sucks. Or do they? Who decides what Republican, conservative, Democrat or liberal means?

    There are stereotypes attached to all of these labels but the stereotypes vary depending on who you are talking to and what exposure they have had to what influences. The image that springs to some minds when you say “GOP” might be the little guy on the front of the Monopoly box; or, it might be some scary guy with a gun; or, it might be some Opie Taylor looking dude with a Bible in his hands telling you to stop having fun. If any of these ring a bell in your head it could be that you were educated in an American college or that maybe you watch the evening news.

    My point is that outreach is either pandering to the views of others (hypocrisy) or it is image creating. Republicans need more “outreach” because Democrats have been pandering (promising to take from others to give to “you”) and they have been the ones creating the image citizens have of Republicans (conservatives, Tea Partiers…etc). Some have suggested that Republicans need to pander more but that only confuses the image Republicans have traditionally had.

    Republicans in general, and conservatives in particular, don’t so much need outreach as they need believers. People that instinctively believe in traditional values, free enterprise, individual liberty, responsibility and small government. These are the hallmarks of traditional conservative Republicanism and they are under attack at every point and at every media outlet and at every educational venue. How does outreach trump that? What language do we speak on what venue to what Peoples to counter this civil war against traditional American values?

    In this age of Bacchus does the message of self restraint and personal responsibility still resonate? Or, is the problem of outreach really one of exposing the enslaving wolf hiding under the sheep’s covering of endless childhood?

    • Rick N says:

      I agree with this statement from Brad. Here’s why. Many well-educated and informed Dems I know don’t understand economics. And the least educated or misinformed are for the most part, unapproachable. About two years ago, I attended and participated in forum to explain the differences between GOP and Dems. First I listened to 2 hours of liberal rationalizations without interruption. When it was my time to speak (and there were 5 speakers for the GOP position…all Black) and people began to walk…not all, but some. I found some mutual ground with some folks. I said the Bible is to evangelical Christians as the Constitution is to conservative Republicans. Christians would not stand if someone tried to revise the Bible and Republicans should not need to dilute their positions to gain favor with others. I think today’s problems are connected to ethics and maturity. I’m not anyone special. I get up to run my business. My work is sometimes a lot harder than someone getting up to get paid $10 per hour. Therefore, I have to rely on consistent behavior within myself…or I don’t eat. I can’t complain when my sales are low…can’t run to the govt and ask for a handout. And I teach my sons the same thing…take care of yourself…and help people who want to be helped. In fact, bend over backwards and go above and beyond to help someone who really wants to improve themselves. This could be people wanting to return to school and need an occasional ride or need money for books. I help kids as a math tutor. The sad part, sometimes, is parents don’t bring the kids. So yes, outreach comes in various forms, but I don’t believe in lowering the bar. Too many Americans fought and died and sacrificed to make the lifestyle we enjoy possible.

    • Rick I agree with him also as well but the fact still remains that the path the GOP is on will lead to it becoming obsolete – especially if a strong 3rd party emerges like the Tea party. I’m saying that we have to put that aside and do what needs to be done – in all communities not just the black community. The other thing is that with all due respect, your experience doesn’t mean Dems will walk out everywhere – each city is different. We still must do outreach and that’s what the Dems did in the beginning to plant the seed of the liberal lies in order to gain the black vote. I’m sorry but those are excuses we have to keep up with the times & do better.

  26. Hi Brad! Believers come through outreach. Whether the GOP likes it or not with the changing demographics outreach is a must for all communities. I assert toward the beginning that the GOP doesn’t even do outreach in white communities so I’m not sure about the beginning part of your statement. Outreach is the act of extending services, benefits, etc., to a wider section of the population, as in community work & I accept that as the definition. I do agree with you on some points but if you think the GOP can experience growth w/o outreach you’re mistaken. It’s time for the GOP to bite the bullet or become extinct.

    • Rick N says:

      Talitha, I like the Tea Party! And this is where we, as conservatives, need to move towards. No mamsy-pamsy outreach programs necessary. The Tea Party is not an outreach group. Maybe because I’m in CA, the situation looks politically bleak. One out of four in CA receives public assistance…that’s 25% of the people. So far this morning, I’ve met two people in 20 minutes who are getting the hell out of CA. Our government is complicit to allowing millions of illegal aliens in the US, people who are allowed to vote illegally and suck up taxpayer dollars. The sad part Talitha is there is no long-term victory for liberals in socialism unless the government sucks the life out of producers and gives the money to the takers. If these are the terms and conditions that we must live by, then there is a big problem. I believe the president will win a 2nd term, not because he has great economic policies, but because people will choose the least path of resistance to get what they need by electing a socialist…and not what they want by electing a person who believes you can work hard and succeed. Liberals will sacrifice wants like nice homes, cars, vacations, lots of money because they don’t want to work for them…to get needs like free housing, food stamps, etc because there is no work required by the govt to get these “necessities”. I hope like hell I’m wrong, but my gut tells me the worst is yet to come.

    • Rick N I would love for the TP to become a viable third party but even the TP will have to do community outreach.

  27. Brad Ervin says:

    If by outreach you are saying education; the education the schools and the media won’t by virtue of their commitment, not to education, but to indoctrination, then I am with you. Your use of the word benefit bothers me. What do we give people to support conservative values? Why do we give anyone anything for their support?

    I want true believers beside me as we fight the good fight. (sorry about the martial allusions, they are figurative references) An opinion group wins converts with their message, not with goodies. The worst thing the conservatives have done is adopt the Left’s message and concepts. Who are we if we are willing to do that?

    The Left says they will take from the rich and give to everyone else, levelling society. This has never worked and even the Left doesn’t believe it. That’s why they wrote into the Obamacare law the how-to-die-at-home-quietly-letter. Rationing was always a part or this and will always be a part of socialism. Relax, it’s a feature, not a bug. The goal isn’t levelling, it’s control. We are in the midst if converting our nation into a plantation state and we will all live in slave quarters and draw slave rations. Our masters will be the bureaucratic government. It’s the ultimate outreach. No worries. No money problems (no money after the economy collapses). We all will have our title 8 apartment, Obamacare and food stamps (er, food ration card).

    What do conservatives offer in reply? “If you work hard you may be rich; but you may fail sometimes too.” “You’ll be free to achieve or fail.” What we really offer is the ultimate success: The Declaration of Independence. This is a hard sell and I don’t know how you do outreach. We haven’t anything to give; I mean, outside of freedom.

    But freedom isn’t selling these days. The people I talk to want someone to take care of them. They don’t want to pay for it but want it just the same and they want to believe that the rich and the corporations can be taxed to supply their peace of mind; their ease.

    The trouble is, we’ve been doing “outreach” but our message has bombed. Americans are rejecting permanent liberty for the sake of temporary security. And there is nothing we can do about it but beg them to come back; show them the truth; point out the history of socialist ventures vice our own history of economic and social success. And if this is outreach then we need to get on with it. But it doesn’t require special badges, or special commissions, or special anything. It’s about being a conservative evangelist and that requires that we know of what we speak; that we stand up for conservative values. There’s a place, and a job, for everyone. But outside of ribbons, buttons and a place at our side we have nothing to give, only knowledge; no services, no benefits. These are what the Left is giving out and if we copy them we become their agents not agents of liberty. We have a long way to go. Even “conservative” Republican politicians stray. They do so because it’s politically expedient to do so. They do so because they would lose if they didn’t.

    We need to win back the People. Not with services. Not with benefits. We need to win back the People with the truth. There is a reason the terrorists of old gave up their bombs for teacher’s hats.

  28. Brad the only reason the words benefit bothers you is because you to have fallen into the trap of the liberal connotation of the word. I don’t mean benefits in the way that liberals use the word. Education & knowledge are benefits. Minority communities need to understand why voting democratic does not benefit them & why the GOP & TP are advantageous to them. We have to figure out a way to sell freedom & I believe that after initial backlash we will “sell”freedom just as one could convince Eskimos to buy ice. You are much too pessimistic. We do need to win back the people with the truth but win did the truth cease to be a benefit, in a world so full of lies? Don’t assume that you know what I mean by my use of the word benefits – I’m on your side.

  29. btw I just had a black person ask me on a thread on my FB page, “Well, why doesn’t the GOP come into our communities & explain their position – I’d listen” I told him to read this & I continue to speak with people like this. The first thing we need to do is admit to ourselves that we have failed at communicating.

  30. Brad Ervin says:

    A evangelist goes where he/she needs to go to reach new converts. But this will be brutal. You’ve seen what they (the Left and it’s environs) do to those of us that are not on their side. There was an item somewhere with a clip where some black lady, running for an office under the conservative banner, was interviewed by a black radio voice. She was savaged. You’ve seen what happened to Sarah Palin; to Clarence Thomas and his wife; to Condi Rice. You’ve seen what happens when we enter the media to spread our message.

    You and I are allies. I affirm that. I VALUE that. We need each other and all the others. We each reach out to a different venue of people. This IS outreach. Our shortcoming is our small number and lack of outlets.

    When our headliners obtain a stage in hostile territory they have pies thrown at them; they are subject to citizen arrests; they are shouted down and driven from their stage; they are ridiculed; they are forbidden to speak (climate denier scientists). We haven’t failed at communicating. Albeit we have usually failed at defining the battleground. We constantly use the arguments of the Left; the words of the Left; the definitions of the Left. We seem always to be defending not leading the charge.

    What good for us to appear as “the GOP?” The GOP is a political party that retails candidates under their banner. That banner is not my banner. I am a conservative, and when the GOP fights my battles I am with them. I lived in England for eight years and watched a Conservative party that was not conservative. Watched and squirmed. As Americans abandon the conservative cause I see the GOP abandon conservatives. It’s just another retail outlet for the candidate of the day. The sign painted on the barn door: “we will get you there, but slower” (an obscure allusion to Animal Farm, sorry).

    I don’t fear what the Left will say of me or others but their tactics successfully turn the debate from ideology to idiotology. We are left debating the cost of Palin’s clothes and witchcraft and masturbation. Nevermind the issues.

    If there are places we can speak, Rotary, The Optimists etc what holds us back? But really, as in Christian evangelism, it’s the one on one that counts. If you are a Christian were you influenced by the door knockers or by friends? By the tract left in your door or by personal influence?

    You sell freedom by it’s being freedom and not slavery. If you’ve had children maybe you’ve seen Pinoccio. There is a great scene where Pinoccio is enjoying the dark side, beer, pool, carousing… And then they start morphing into donkeys. This is a perfect metaphor for socialism. It all looks good for awhile, then you become the beast of burden to the politburo; the bureaucrats; the 1%ers.

    You sell freedom by tearing off the covers of the socialists and exposing the little man behind the curtain. You sell freedom by laughing at them before they laugh at you.

    • Rick N says:

      Brad, Talitha: In terms of outreach, I think, in a indirect way, the GOP is already reaching out. Here’s why. If a person has a private sector job, most likely he or she is working for a Republican. Conversely, if a person has a public sector job, they tend to vote Democrat and they see things through a public funding lens. The more public funding through higher taxes equates to continued employment and prime benefits. The system is setup for Democrats to be diametrically opposed to Republicans just on this one point. Then, add environmentalism, Obamacare, unions, abortion and you have a force who can’t even see why they should vote Republican. Of course, this is the simple Obama plan…convert, as Brad phrases it, everyone to socialism and you have a captive voting block. Why would they vote GOP if it means losing government or public sector job? The roots of socialism are being planted. For Talitha, based on where you live, there is a chance to influence ATL private sector workers because there is a LARGE Black population with potential. In California, there is no large population any longer. California’s Black population is less than 5% minus the incarcerated. Many months can go by and I will not meet a Black Republican and the Black Dems are firmly rooted in their socialistic ideologies. If you look at the swing states like OH, FL, and PA, these are the states where Black outreach needs to be done. They have significant Black populations and several metropolitan areas in state. The other states are either committed Red or Blue. It’s funny how Democrats are actually trying to pick off RINOs in the GOP with the women issues debate.

    • Interesting & strong point Rick!

  31. Mia says:

    Talitha I have been sharing this with people and it always starts great discussions!

    • Triick says:

      Hi there. I am working with a group of inner city girls in my comtmniuy in Indianapolis,IN. We are just getting started with our VFP course but are already thinking about an exhibit. Can you perhaps give any pointers and tips from your experience with your student exhibition? Thank you so much!Shelley

  32. Just a follow-up article everyone which supports one of my points, from the NY Times. please check it out – America’s population is slowly changing:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/us/whites-account-for-under-half-of-births-in-us.html?_r=2&hp

  33. mrsrabk says:

    Great post. Loved it!
    I might add from a “white” point of view, conservative people, like myself (I actually lean Libertarian) don’t do outreach because we ARE tired of being called bigot and racist, and homophobes and whatever the word of the day happens to be. I have actually stopped speaking about my ideals to my friends because so many can not see past the ends of their noses. I am very self sufficient and have worked my way back from losing everything 3 times. And learned from each experience. I would prefer that others do the same but constantly hear excuse after excuse as to why they CAN’T get ahead. In all honesty it’s because they are comfortable where they are, no matter how bad it may be, it’s familiar and change is scary!!!

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