I’ll bet you didn’t know these tidbits: 1) 32 Black Republicans ran for Congressional office in the 2010 primaries, 2) 14 Black Republicans are now contesting Democrats for Congressional seats in the 2010 general election.
There are 3 Black Republicans who are well-situated to win their races. The candidate most assured of a seat is Tim Scott who is running for a House seat in South Carolina. I appreciated this article from theLondon Daily Telegraph – that’s London, England.
Campaigning a few miles from Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired in 1861, Tim Scott described last week how he was born into poverty and a broken home, much like Barack Obama…..
But the conclusions that Scott, 45, drew were very different from those of Obama. When he was 15, a man who ran a Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurant taught him “that there was a way to think my way out of the worst conditions”. Scott went on to became a small businessman and a proud “conservative Republican”.
Barring a cataclysmic upset, Scott will be elected to Congress on November 2nd. There, he will be a ferocious opponent of Obama, to whom he gives a withering “failing grade” for his presidency.
What I really love is the Telegraph’s commentary on Obama. I had to do a double-take to make sure that the words weren’t a quote from Scott. I’m so accustomed to the left-wing tripe from the American MSM, that this was a total shock.
Rather than ushering in a post-racial era, Obama’s election to the White House appears to have intensified racial divisions in America. This is not, as the Left asserts, because Right-wing opponents are full of white-hooded bigots who refuse to accept a black man as President. Obama’s own strange myopia on race has played a big part.
This article is too great to miss. Be sure to read it in its totality. The Telegraph levels a charge that the GOP has “ceded black votes to the Democrats and failed to recruit candidates like Scott to winnable congressional seats.” And I don’t disagree with that for one moment.
While most of us would consider it self-evident that GOP values agree strongly with the traditional values of the black and hispanic communities, we must also realize that the effort to highlight those areas of agreement has been neglected by the GOP. Republican presidents have nominated women, blacks and hispanics to the Supreme Court and have appointed them to their cabinets. But the presence of minority GOP members of Congress has been lacking.
The obvious reason for this is that their vocal leadership and Democrat elites have convinced minority voters that the Democrat Party is the only vehicle to secure their interests. The GOP’s failure to counteract that false message is a travesty at best and a total disservice to be sure.
If Scott is the only black Republican on Capitol Hill in 2011, he will be all too easily marginalised and treated as a curiosity. That would be a shame because he has some interesting views on cutting the deficit and shrinking government.
“I’ve been black for a long time,” Scott says wearily whenever he is asked about race. He wants to be judged on his character and policies rather than the colour of his skin. At Fort Dorchester, encouragingly enough, not one pupil asked Scott about race or why a black man would be a Republican.
Obama made history by winning the White House. But it will take the likes of Scott to break down the racial barriers in America that the first black president has been content to leave in place.
One last note – there are 3 races where Black Republicans look poised to take a Congressional seat. Aside from Scott, there is Allen West in Florida and Ryan Frazier in Colorado. But there are other candidates with a chance. One of my favorites is Rev. Stephen Broden, who is trying to upend scandal-ridden Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas. He was actually endorsed by the Dallas Morning News (who had repeatedly endorsed Johnson) over the 12-term incumbent. Visit Broden’s website and donate at http://www.brodenforcongress.com/