The GOP and The Black Community: Great Opportunities Missed

WASHINGTON, January 1, 2014 — Juan Williams recently interviewed Raffi Williams, deputy press secretary for the RNC, and Orlando Watson, communications director for Black Media, about the alleged growing dissatisfaction of blacks towards the Democratic Party and what that means for the GOP.

Both Raffi Williams and Watson are young Black Americans who were hired with a special emphasis to winning black votes for the GOP.

In the interview with Juan Williams, they discussed whether the Democratic Party is losing support and whether the GOP will gain that support.

The Democrats are, in fact, losing support from many Black Americans. Black Democratic voters are not happy with the Democratic Party’s same sex marriage agenda and the record level of unemployment among black workers. Most blacks support marriage protection, and most certainly desire a better quality of life economically.

That the masses of Black Americans will not support the GOP by default. They will either choose to be independent or won’t vote at all in 2014 and 2016.

The conversations taking place among GOP leaders and activists lay bare a number of profound problems. First, the RNC is trying to play the race politics game the Democrats play, but without the benefit of understanding culture.

The issue is not about “Black” as an ethnic identity, but the varying cultures within the black community, which is not monolithic. Without cultural competence, there is no understanding of how to shape messages and why.



About sswimp

I am not an "African-American'. I am a proud American, who happens to be of African descent. I am Christian. My personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Word of God shapes my concepts of what it means to be a conservative. I am Pro Life. Devoted to the principles of free enterprise, limited government,and individual responsibility. I believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman.
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