Quick Note: I already know that those who publicly or privately support the Republican Party and its subsidiaries will likely misunderstand the meaning in the message only to comment on the surface. To those individuals I ask you to take a moment to really think about what I’m suggesting, before you make the mistake and seek to enter a discussion on a subject you may not be as versed or comfortable enough to intelligently maintain. What you don’t understand or assume is not an issue is the issue. Challenge if you like, but I will not waste time with foolish arguments of what you fail to comprehend.
When Sarah Palin & Friends can go on the expected media venue, FOX News and have the nerve to suggest that Arizona is not involved in racial profiling or even the Tea Party does not have a tinge of racism within it, you’re seeing what is essentially White Privilege. The privileged don’t realize their privilege. They generally have the opinion that if you can point out a Black face, then it’s not racist. They couldn’t be more wrong.
Personally, sincerely work to not place an association of the blame on a single race of people. There are Black people as well who in effort to get in where they fit in they adopt a mentality that goes against their better interests. Not all Blacks support issues beneficial to Blacks for various reasons. You can look through history to learn this. Not every Black person supported the Civil Rights Movement or the desegregation, just to name a few.
In addition, it’s not fair to assume all White people suffer from this social/moral disease, because there are those who clearly see what is going on and stand up and speak out against it. But typically they’re not Republicans either.
Question: How do you silence the Republican Party, Conservatives, Birthers, 2nd Amendment Fanatics, the Christian Right, Militias, Tea Party supporters and it’s conservative or sympathetic subsidiaries?
Suggestion: You put a Black face on it.
Explanation: Immediately people who are unfamiliar with the psychology of race in America will run to what’s comfortable for a response, whether that is to call me a racist without consideration for what I’m suggesting or to assume a silent voyeuristic response. The face is what you believe you understand, you may not fully comprehend the extent of it.
When I say, “put a Black face on it” I am referring to any face of color. The reality is that the Republican Party and an overwhelming percentage of its members and supporters demographics are confined to a single culture. No matter how many faces of color they trot out into the public view, the reality is that they are few in numbers when you consider the whole. That’s not racist, that’s reality.
I’ve mentioned this on previous occasions, but if the Republicans & Conservatives simply listen and incorporate more of the ideas and concerns of its few members of color for an extended period of time, you will begin to make cultural gains. In return the party will attract more people of color, because you will finally have proven that you listen to them.
Michael Steele has the potential, but you’ve confined him to a corner. You have some brilliant people of color that doesn’t get a chance to shine, because you force them to “keep their hand on that plow” and do the work given to them. This is destroying the future of the GOP and any reasonable efforts to ever make cultural gains outside of the White Conservative community or social perspective.
Recently retired congressman, Mel Martinez would have been outstanding representative of a start for the GOP, but you ran him out with what is essentially racist rhetoric. Most Republicans will not publicly admit it, but you only need to analyze their career to learn the truth. Consider the argument the GOP provides when it comes to immigration for example.
Even Florida Governor Charlie Crist; a white moderate Republican and a Republican I actually don’t have a big problem with is being forced to run as an Independent.
Republicans that would cause Democrats problems in an election are being forced out by Republicans who are doing the Democrats electoral work for them. Some want to tout Scott Brown, but I saw beware.
I say this because hate, discrimination, intolerance and homophobia is our common enemy; diversity and inclusive its kryptonite.
The Republican Party can’t retain its members of color, because of the position taken nationally, state-wide and locally on issues of importance to the people they most desperately need to win. Winning a battle doesn’t mean you have won the war, ask your Confederate romancers about that.
You will continue to be called racist, bigots, homophobic and religiously intolerant as long as you make the Republican Party’s social environment inclusive to individuals who incorporate these sentiments and considerations of others. The Republican Party is not racist, but it is allowing racist to become Republicans. I can’t make that any easier to understand than that. All everyone is now telling you to do is simply, Do Something.
This is why Democrats will continue to make gains, because it now has a Black face.
You can be upset with me if you like, but that’s the truth.
When you make the mistake of basically saying “We have Blacks too” you make yourself look even worse. It doesn’t matter if it is Black, Latino, Asian or Arab, when you have an obvious deficit of diversity and take positions and support policies that are not in the interest of these groups, and then try to say you’re inclusive, you raise resentment towards you and your efforts by the same communities you are suggesting that you have.
There’s a explanatory hip hop lyric in the song “Welcome to the Terrordome” by Public Enemy that summarizes this perfectly. “Every brother ain’t a brother cause of color, some matter-as-well be undercover”. This is understood by every group mentioned and when you think about it should be realized by you as well. The people you would call carpetbaggers is your definition of this.
Democrats and Liberals are not naïve and some can be politically savvy. The same racial politics that Republicans continue to use to drive away diversity in the party is the reverse strategy that’s being used by Democrats to make them more diverse. You put a Black face up in defense of claims of racism aimed at you and Democrats can put up a 100 times that and with more variety of color. You make the mistake that many of the culturally unaware make by saying in actions and gestures “We got Blacks too.”
So how do you silence Republicans? You put a Black face on them. By putting a Black face or Latino face or Asian face or Pacific Islander face or Arab face on them, you make them uncomfortable and force them to confront themselves and who they’ve become. It’s not what they are, it’s what they have become.
When you believe you’re the only one who is right, then you’re most likely wrong. Conservative fanatics may attack, but they can’t fight truth, time & reality.