There are black individuals that really want to hear another way of fixing things. Sure you will hear the racist tag. Sure you will hear the rich tag but the idea of not engaging minorities because you might be met with resistance is not a reason to stay away. We have to fight for all votes and show minorities that we are willing to get down in the mud and fight hard and suffer with them and labor with them. However, we are not for hand-outs. We want to give them a hand up!
Our GOP/Conservatives will never see a real swing in minority participation in the Republican Party until they are willing to fight for every vote and challenge the Democrats at every point, every racist innuendo, and in every neighborhood. We need to craft our message so that it’s clearly heard by low, middle and high-income people.
The Democrat Party took a play out of the devil’s handbook using “deception and lies” to mobilize the black community. African Americans, through a well coordinated network of TV programs, Black newspapers, Radio programs and Black organizations perpetuated the myth that Republicans were trying to take away our (Black folk’s) right to vote. Every day of the week some Black program host or White liberal was associating the voter ID initiatives with Black voter suppression. It was one lie after another.
I have always been taught that the truth will always defeat a lie. We can do this because we have the truth. It is time we start telling the American public “the truth”, whether they want to hear it or not.
How do we counter their deception? We don’t need better outreach programs to improve diversity amongst our ranks. What we need are decision makers at the table to help craft our message. We need candidates, regardless of their color, who are not afraid to engage the Black community in ongoing dialogue.
We need a GOP that is willing to invest money in Radio, TV, Internet, and other like-minded organizations ready and able to carry the message to the masses. Romney should have had an ethnically mixed group around him whenever he spoke. Not tokens, but people advising him to speak with a message that resonates with all people.
Finally, one last piece of advice—we simply can’t afford to wait until the next election to start the conversation: It must begin now! If it takes scaring folks into voting Republican the truth about the black family, our economy, abortion, joblessness, national defense, crime, school dropout rates and a host of other ills, no doubt, is scarier than fiction.