Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Republicans, thank you for finally showing me how much you care about black folk.

You know, dear reader, I am composing this post with a decided sense of relief. You see, I consider myself a moderate. On some issues I veer left and on others I veer right. For some time now, my political affiliation on my voter’s registration card has been listed as NPA for No Party Affiliation. That way I could reserve the right to vote for a Democrat or a Republican or an Independent or whatever candidate best articulated a platform that most approximated my political beliefs.

That being said, though I have voted for Republican candidates in the past, it has been a while since I have done so. At some point I sensed the Republican political rhetoric to be steering from covertly to blatantly racist, and though I am not overly sensitive when it comes to matters of race, you cannot expect my vote if you cannot respect and acknowledge my humanity. You might hate me in private, but at least put on a good show of it in public.

But that has all come to an end. My suspicions and apprehensions surrounding the seemingly rampant racial rhetoric and racism of the Republican Party have been allayed. The Republican Party has finally shown that they really do care for African Americans.

When Senator Harry Reid’s atrocious remarks during the 2008 campaign that Barack Obama was electable as president in the main because of his light complexion and “he had no Negro dialect unless he wanted one ” finally came to light, who had the courage and the temerity to call him out for his lack of forethought and sensitivity but the Republican Party?

Never mind that though we are loath to admit it, Senator Reid told the truth. He just lacked the eloquence of language in which to frame his remarks.

But only the Republican Party could make the connection to then senate majority leader Trent Lott’s 2002 insinuation that we would be a better nation had we elected segregationist Strom Thurmond to the presidency in 1948 thereby evincing an implied support for a racist, white power platform.

Now I can dismiss the Republican silence when conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh unveiled the snappy ditty “Barack the Magic Negro,” and another Republican politician packaged this with other seemingly racist and sexist tunes and circulated the CD among his supporters on the right.

And I can forget the chill that ran down my spine late in this past presidential campaign when presidential candidate John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin decided to appeal to the most base elements of the party and substitute racially explosive and provocative rhetoric for a comprehensive, substantial platform; from where I sat, each cry of “SOCIALIST, SOCIALIST, SOCIALIST!” sounded an awful like “NIGGER, NIGGER, NIGGER!” but evidently I was mistaken.

And I could have been mistaken when I thought I heard the same sentiments expressed by the whole Tea Party Movement thing. And I could have been mistaken when I thought I heard racial overtones in the inquisition, excuse me, confirmation hearings of Justice Sotomayer.

However, I felt much better when I awoke recently to find my favorite soul brother, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, pointing out the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party. His song and dance would have been more convincing, though, had he not used the racially insensitive statement, “Honest Injun,” only days previous in communicating the soundness of the Republican Party platform.

Republican Party, I acknowledge your efforts in standing up for me and all other African Americans and you have my deepest and most heartfelt appreciation. Now can you take a timeout from the posturing and jousting with windmills so that you might actually get down to the business of governing.


Julia said...

I just have to pop out a quick comment to let you know I enjoy reading your thoughts which are always interesting. The "NaturalPapa" blog pointed a post out by you a little while back which is how I found you and from there I became a "blogger fan" of yours.

A.Smith said...

Oh yes. Finally the GOP has found the love in their hearts for black folks. I know it's all because of Michael Steele. Amen and amen.

Seriously, though, this shows you they are STILL mad about Trent Lott having to step down as Majority Leader, that they don't "get" it and that if Michael Steele is the best they can do, they will never regain minority support.

RiPPa said...

This was funny, bruh. No seriously, I felt you on this one.

Lyn Marie said...

I am sooooo tired of the non-stop reporting on a comment that is truthful. The idea that the Republican Party is looking out for anyone but themselves gives me a headache!

I notice that very few commentators are black. Why aren't reporters asking Black people about Reid's comment.

Perhaps they fear a real conversation about race and the perceptions of race. Could the Republicans really stand up and look in the mirror and ask the hard questions of themselves and their party? Now this is not to say all Republicans have problems with race nor are all Democrats free of racial bias. It is to say the pot should check themselves before pointing out the kettle!

md20737 said...

Republicans dont mind saying how they feel about blacks in public, behind closed doors im sure they all dont mind saying how they feel.

ProfGeo said...

All I ask is that folks make an honest effort. You can work with that. An old dog can learn new tricks, but only an old dog who wants to.

I was reminded of this as I recently spent some time in the company of several flatlanders who I've met socially over the past couple of years. They're white, raised in a white environment where European country of origin was the divider, and of an age to recall when Negro and colored were the fashionable terms. And to a person they knew they didn't "get it," which is the first step. The Republican mouthpieces (and yes, Harry Reid, who's been in the same Congress with black Democrats how long?) just refuse to learn. The Repubs are mean about it, Reid isn't, but the disease is still there.

The ones who claim they're too old to change need-- well, they need something I can't offer them. It's not legal in this state.

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