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A New Way Forward for African Americans

I yield the floor to RNC Chairman Michael Steele (h/t: Booker Rising):

For America to truly realize its promise to her citizens, government must know when to step-up, and when to get out of the way. And America’s elected leaders must know when to do the same thing. Within the last week we were reminded of one of the worst examples of government on all levels failing African Americans – the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Government failed the residents of New Orleans well before the storm, and government failed them in the aftermath of the storm.

But we’ve seen the failure of government elsewhere, especially in our inner cities, where the Democrats have historically trumpeted more government, and in the process they trumped education and entrepreneurialism that are essential to thriving communities. As a result, while the national unemployment rate is fast approaching 10 percent, the unemployment rate among African Americans is more than 15 percent and climbing. This is unacceptable.

The most effective ways in which our elected leaders can improve the lives of African Americans is to improve their access to quality education and increase their opportunities to succeed in business. Undermine those and you encourage preservation of the status quo. You lock people into their current economic condition. True freedom is ill-served by diminishing educational choices, choking entrepreneurial spirit, and empowering government more than the people.

As the African American middle class emerges and grows, the Republican Party wants to be a partner that works to put in place the tools necessary to sustain that growth and to bring out of poverty those so often left behind.

As it’s said, read the whole thing.

The good RNC chairman-who, oddly enough, I’ll get to meet on Saturday-is, at best, inconsistent. Moments of brightness like this are usually overshadowed by moments of “fried chicken and potato salad” (and usually, not too long after said moments of brightness. Start the clock). And I’m not a big fan of trumpeting the problems of inner cities for partisan gain, as more often than not, Republican presence in said inner cities is next to nil (more on that later).

That said, Steele’s given a message: the Republican Party stands for more educational opportunities, support on the path to entrepreneurship, and protection from undue government interference. Is it a “new way forward,” as Steele suggests? Technically, no; support for educational choices and entrepreneurs and the fight for limited government have been planks of the GOP for a while.

That said, a true new way forward would be the GOP figuring out how to successfully market itself to African Americans (or, for that matter, minorities as a whole). It’s not the message that needs work, but the delivery of.




Written by Coby Dillard

September 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm

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  1. “It’s not the message that needs work, but the delivery of.”

    Good piece.

    The idea above is tempting, but I think really there are greater problems.

    Michael Steele reminds me of many Republicans, who seem to have less of a visceral and learned focus on the Constitution, but rather on political expediency. (And given that he doesn’t seem a brilliant tactician, I would have preferred that my choice Ken [forgot last name] got the chair).

    The ceding of character-building to Leftists is what education is all about. Our message is being heard by the choir, but not by others. We have added some to our number in reaction to Obama’s demi-fascist overreaching, but we are still deeply divided.

    But with black Americans, the message is invisible not because of the GOP, but because guilty liberal or Leftist whites said, not only are you equal, but you are more equal than us, because we have no clue about personal responsibility (being dumbass suburban Maoists) and we don’t think you should have to worry about it either.

    I mean no disrepect to the vast black middle class. Far from it. I get sick of all the pandering gansta-tolerating multi-culture BS. Liberal press inculcates it, guilty whites tolerate it, and the result is neighborhoods out of control. But we should all be very very quiet about it.

    Hope this made sense. Just thinking out loud, thank you for letting me share.

    Monrovia, CA


    September 3, 2009 at 11:18 pm

  2. “Republican presence in said inner cities is next to nil (more on that later)”

    This isn’t quite true– my own Philadelphia is about one-fifth Republican, though I admit many are in a suburb-like section of the northeast. Still, in a place where they’re so regularly shut out of the government, that’s not too bad. And Sam Katz, the Republican candidate for mayor time before last, very nearly won (which reflects also how very awful the Democratic incumbent was). Still, I wish there were more visible Republican presence in the city. It would be a rebuke to the arrogance that occurs any time you get too much homogeneity of any characteristic in an area. There would be less extremism if there were less make-yourself-feel-good-by-moving-to-be-with-those-who-think-like-you.


    September 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm

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