A Message to the GOP!
Opinion Editorial By Phillip Pulliam
Only in America, where we say we are a civil society, will you find the political opinions that target entire groups of people such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Middle Class, Women, Working Class, and Young Voters with striking negativity and disapproval. The Republican Party actually showed the world who they are during the 2012 United States of American Presidential Elections. The United States President Election of 2012 was the year that the world really got to hear what rich, white men think about everyone else. The essence of the thoughts of rich white men like Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, JW Marriott, Mark Leder, and the rest of uber-wealthy money grubbing nazi’s is that their judgment is supreme and rest of us should apologize for being of color, being woman, or for God sakes just not being wealthy enough. It is certainly a contrast from Bush years where Americans sort of felt that Bush was out of touch, but at the same time there was hope because Bush understood educated minorities and women, and he appointed many to staff positions. Sure they were tokens, but they were qualified and capable.
I observed the GOP’s position on the African American’s community, and it was clear that their perspective as a party is Blacks were uneducated, lazy, and looking for a handout. The GOP especially imparted its vitriol on African American women whom they deemed as “Welfare Queens” or African American women who have children by several men out of wedlock and receive government assistance instead of seeking marriage and participating in the American workforce and supporting their families. After much discussion and research, statistics showed that hard working, white, farming families received more welfare than any other group of people in American society. The GOP’s response was, “Never mind the farming community; it is these black people on government assistance that are the trouble makers,” and continued its attack on African American men.
The statistics showed that 14% of African American’s were unemployed during the 2012 Presidential Elections. During the Republican primaries, Senator Santorum, stated he wanted to “show black people how to get jobs,” as if the 86% of working African American needed white people’s guidance to get a job. Contrary to GOP opinion, African Americans showed up to the polls during early voting and on Election Day looking not very lazy, energetic, bright eyed, and eager to cast their ballots in the face of voter suppression and voter intimidation.
African Americans are solid citizens of the United States of America. Historically, Africans have been builders; they have erected the Pyramids and Temples of Africa that still exist today. Over the years, African American, have developed books and literature touting their contributions to American history which are quite extensive and sometimes
overboard. However, I definitely understand why African Americans must toot their own horns loud and proud; because white men like Mitt Romney for years have and will continue to take credit for the accomplishments of minorities and women because nobody can spin a lie like a white politician out to praise himself and demonize everyone else.
Speaking from my experience as a mixed African American with white and Indian blood in my family, I am very perplexed by the GOP’s stereotypes of African Americans. I came from a family with 11 children, and we were a Christian family. My parents did not believe in abortion or birth control. They wanted every child God would give them. My dad was a minister at his church from a very young age. If the GOP would spend one Sunday at an African American church, they would find out how hard African American’s work to keep their families going, especially African American Christians. My dad worked hard as a store Manager for Sears. However, before going to work at Sears in the morning, he worked a paper-route for extra money, and on weekend he worked a night auditor job at a hotel. With all his streams of income, he kept us in a home. We never lived in an apartment and he was always too proud to take handouts from anyone except from grandpa.
I recall at one time during the 7th grade the school counselor took it upon herself to see if our family qualified for free lunch from the school district. We qualified with flying colors, but my father was too proud to accept government assistance. However, what was more striking to me was my two older brothers had already told my dad that if they qualified for free lunch they would rather work at Taco Bell on weekends so they could pay for their own lunch. African Americans are not lazy at all! My story is not unique to the African American Christian community. African American Christian’s have the very same values as white Christians.
For years, the Universal African American church was all on the same page including Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostals, Non-Denominational, Inter-Denominational, and Catholics all believed from spiritual perspective that you could not say that your Christian and vote for a Democrat. Democratic values were in contrast with what African American Christians believed in that they were Pro-Choice, and they believed in Gay Marriage! Now I am not a one or two issue voter, but many African American Christian voters are unyielding on these two issues. Most African Americans would rather not vote at all than to vote Democratic alternative values or alternative lifestyles.
What Republicans do not know is that African American Christians want to vote Republican. African American Christians have the same values as Republicans. And then came Mitt Romney insulting abrasive offensive NAACP speech that provoked African Americans from every corner of the earth to stand in long lines, bad weather, and subject themselves to voter intimidation. African Americans fundamentally did not vote for Obama but voted against Romney. As one African American put it” I could not wake up on November 7, 2012 with Mitt Romney as President. It’s just not American”.
Republicans are right in thinking it will take years to refurbish the damage that Mitt Romney’s campaign did to the possibility of future African American community support. At the same time, I cannot imagine why the current discussions in the GOP camp are to repair its ties to women and Latinos, but there are no discussions of reparations with the African American community. What have African American’s done to Republicans to make the GOP not want their support? In the twenty-first century, and a civilized world you would think that education, intelligence, spiritually, humanity, dignity and compassion would be enough for people to come together. It seems that, the GOP will continue to block and suppress the African American vote because African Americans will never be white enough or rich enough to be part of the Republican Party. Sure the GOP will have token African American’s who are strategically placed to speak ill of their own race as if that brings them some type of artificial dignity for their unseemly behaviors.
In a normal political universe the opposing party would try to align themselves to win the others parties constituency but in the GOP alternate universe their way of dealing with loss is to block more African Americans during the next election. The voter suppression and intimidation strategy did not work very well in 2012 and African Americans are becoming smarter and savvier voters. It would do Republicans a great deal of good to wake up out of their race baiting nineteenth century dreamland and partner with supporters who have Republicans values and darker skin. The no dogs, no Negros, no Mexicans, days are over African Americans are not the enemy!