There has been a push lately to convince African Americans that the Republican party should be a viable choice. With billboards touting that “G.O.P. is the New Black,” and the rise of upstart Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, you’d think the party of Lincoln would be getting a second look by African Americans.
But then you have something like this. Conservative pundit, Ann Coulter recently told Fox News’ Shawn Hannity that Black Republicans are just “better” people than Black democrats.
Coulter hit Fox News to discuss the news of Herman Cain’s sexual harassment lawsuit. As with Coulter and Hannity, GOP operatives are circling their wagons around Cain, the current frontrunner, and asserting that exposing these allegations is akin to “high tech lynching.” They are also comparing Cain’s sexual harassment woes (in which his company settled with the women) to the Clarence Thomas and Anita Thomas case in which many Republicans felt Hill fabricated her sexual harassment claims to bring down Thomas.
What I find interesting is that throughout Cain’s entire campaign, he–not Democrats–has constantly made racially charged comments. Cain famously said Americans should elect him, a “real Black man,” and accused Black voters of being brainwashed for voting for Democrats. Despite this, Republicans are the ones asserting that Democrats are race baiting and shaming Black voters into backing Liberal candidates. However, Coulter’s remarks, once again show Republicans aren’t really concerned about Black voters. If they were, Coulter wouldn’t give conservative Black voters the backhanded comment, “Our Blacks are so much better than their Blacks.” As if African Americans are still a commodity to be possessed.
Coulter is known for making controversial remarks. But using her to extoll the virtues of Herman Cain and present him as a credible choice for African-Americans simply because he’s had an “American Black experience” is just as disingenuous as those Democratic politicians who take African American voters for granted.
What I find so telling about Coulter’s rant is that despite talking up Herman Cain’s many positives, she still isn’t supporting him for President. She tells Hannity that Cain would make a good Vice President, which no doubt, is a tactic to appeal to Black voters.
If Republicans really want to encourage Black voters to switch parties they need to stop race bating and present credible candidates with policies that speak to the needs and concerns of Black voters.
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