There is a weird phenomenon that I must address, especially since we are in the midst of a heated political climate. That force of nature ladies and gentlemen, is the "Black Republican". Typing those two disturbing words makes me want to throw-up like a supermodel in a restaurant bathroom. How can anyone self respecting african american belong to a party that has clearly not expressed a interest in black people?? From the policies that don't benefit african americans, the racist rhetoric by many Republican leadership over the years, the talk radio circuit where you have people like Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage spreading hate and homophobia on a daily basis, simply put I don't get it.
I remember my grandmother telling me that black folks, at one time, were mainly republicans. I guess that had to do with Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves, being the first president to meet with a group of black leaders, and the making the abolition of slavery a plank in its Republican National Convention platform. But the embrace from african American's that the republican party felt started to steadily erode. African Americans began their turn away from the republican party for economic reasons during the New Deal of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The turn to the Democrats became complete during the 1960's when Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson championed civil rights and anti-poverty efforts while some Republicans such as Barry Goldwater opposed federal civil rights efforts not on racial but on constitutional grounds.
Fast forward to 2000, where 95% of African American voters voted for Al Gore. If you turn on your T.V, you will see a black republican praising Bush and endorsing the Republican Party. From Alan Keys, Armstrong Williams, Tara Setmeyer, or J.C Watts. Blacks who switch to the GOP say they do so because they share Republican values on crime, family and self-reliance. I do not know a single black person, except for a handful of vicious thugs, who see any benefits in crime. Blacks have always opposed crime. Most black people, like whites, love their families. Self-reliance? Until urban renewal used expressways to break up many black communities, black businesses thrived and people took care of themselves. Such values are not the sole possession of Republicans.
It is a shame though, because they have sold out so bad I keep waiting for them to break out the black-face makeup and start calling George W. Bush "Massa".Occasionally you will see right wing talk show hosts use these individuals as some sort of "vindication", proving that they aren't racist because a black person agrees with them.(For example: Bill O'Reilly had a woman named Tara Setmeyer on his show. Her view was that Rap was a vile artform, and stated that she didn't understand how black folks idolized Tupac, saying "Those people love that guy". Even though I agree that Tupac isn't the best role model, and a lot of rap is negative, you will never catch me on Bill O'Reilly's show saying that. Primarily because he would agree with me for all the wrong reasons)
These individuals disgust me, not because they embrace a ideology different from mine(that's their right), but because they have turned their back on their people and the best interests of their people. Republicans use black republicans to display their "diversity" and the same time laugh behind your back at your blistering idiocy. I had to laugh when I saw some of the Republican Convention. You would of had a easier time finding black folks at a clan rally..lol
I guess that like Crop circles and Stonehenge, I will never fully understand the phenomenon of the Black republican. Like Chuck D said, "Every Brother Ain't a Brother Cause of Color". Amen...