Republicans have a historic opportunity with black voters. Why won’t they confiscate it?

Black Americans are being neglected. That’s what we are talking about amongst ourselves in conversations across the country. We are tired of seeing the same people coming into our neighborhoods every election cycle, intimidating us to vote for them, and then we disappear and leave our communities where they found them.

We have been the Democratic Party’s most loyal voting bloc since the 1960s. But in the years since, many black people have come to realize that our relationship with Democrats is what could be described as “abuse by neglect.” People are ready for change. The question is, in a two-party system, is the other party able to bring in black voters who currently feel politically homeless?

There is a historical precedent for a restructuring. Remember that after the Civil War, black Americans were loyal to the Republican Party—Lincoln’s party. But the GOP abused that relationship by refusing to pursue civil rights. Black discontent grew, and the Great Migration brought many black Americans to the North, where Northern Democrats were less affected by the black community’s cause, at least in a shallow way. Although President Roosevelt’s New Deal had only limited provisions for black Americans compared to white Americans, others in the Democratic Party saw an opportunity in the discontent of many blacks with Republicans. The Democrats were already the party of the white working class. If they can oust a significant portion of black Americans, they could be the majority party in America for a generation. And that’s what he did.

It took time. Republicans still received between 39 and 32 percent of the Black vote in the 1956 and 1960 presidential elections. The most staunch supporters of segregation in the South were the Democrats, which made that party repulsive to a lot of black people. But when GOP candidate Barry Goldwater opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which dealt a fatal blow to the party’s ties with black people, and since then no Republican presidential candidate has received more than 15 percent of the Black vote. Is.

But in the year 2022, Republicans have a historic opportunity to repeat history—this time, in reverse. It is now the Democrats who are taking the black vote lightly, and the Left is now the target of black dissent.

On issues ranging from education to crime to COVID overreach, black Americans have been left to their interests as a highly educated progressive elite caters to itself at our expense. Slogans such as “protect the police” were pushed as “racial justice” when opposed by 81 percent of black Americans. In the name of “racial equality”, divisive curricula such as critical race theory were introduced into politics and schools – while the public schools our children rely on were closed and gone online, providing opportunities for black children to learn. Shipped even further behind their white counterparts in loss. Violent crime is ravaging our communities, yet liberals continue to elect district attorneys who refuse to prosecute criminals.

On almost every issue that matters to Democratic leadership, black voters are searching for our interests – and not finding them. Even black elected Democrats are publicly challenging white progressives for their paternalism, their focus on “micro-aggression” rather than issues that care about black people.

And it is now Republicans who can and should capitalize.

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after all, pew research center Last year found that just 29 percent of African Americans identify as “liberal.” Sixty-five percent defined themselves as conservative or liberal. It is quite surprising that the political party representing the Conservatives has little or nothing to say to the two-thirds of the Conservative community.

And when Republicans have proposals that resonate with us, when they Doing Put agenda items on the table that they don’t tell anyone who might find real support in the black community. They don’t go after those issues. They don’t put real dollars behind informing voters that they support those issues.

A perfect example is educational equality. there have been many black people supporters School choice surveys for decades routinely find that high share Black parents support charter schools, private school vouchers and education savings accounts.

You’d think this would be a golden opportunity for the GOP, which reportedly has a choice of school. And yet, we never hear about this common cause. I can’t remember the last time a Republican came in to tell people in my community that he would make sure their children have priority when it comes to their education, a cause that black mothers do. Very close to father’s heart.

Why is it like this? What’s the excuse for this? With underprivileged children dropping out of public schools during the pandemic, now would be the perfect time to create drama. Yet you do not see this happening.

then there is Platinum Plan, have you heard about it? off course not. You probably had no idea that a month before the 2020 election, President Trump laid out a plan that would have been transformative for the black community. The plan will create half a million new black businesses and more than 3 million new jobs for the black community. And it would have given black businesses access to nearly half a trillion dollars in capital.

And yet, it was never given half a chance, by the campaign that produced it.

What’s the point of putting that kind of good policy on the table if you’re halving its promotion and implementation? This makes black people think that you are not serious.

And why aren’t we hearing Congressional Republican candidates about the Platinum Plan today? They make a big show of adopting Trump’s other policies. why not the one who would be resurrected Our Community?

Some Republicans seem to get it. Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance told me That he sees an opportunity to go after working-class black and Hispanic voters, just as the Republican Party has successfully followed working-class white voters. “I think one of the things we need to do on the Republican side is… start attracting black and the Latino working class into our coalition,” Vance told me. “Because if we do that, and we serve those voters well, we can be the majority party in this country for a generation, if we see the opportunity.”

Lee Weingart, the Republican candidate for county executive in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, is another who gets it. Weingart, who could become the county’s first Republican executive, has that as part of his agenda. outspoken There are plans to close the loophole that allows government contractors to access hundreds of millions of dollars without minority-owned businesses on the table. And Senator Marco Rubio has repeatedly challenged the GOP to move in that direction. After the 2020 election, that was clear that “future [Republican] The party is based on a multiracial, multiracial working class coalition.” And of course, there’s no shortage of prominent black conservative commentators urging the GOP to do more to reach out to black Americans, like Kira Davis, Jeff Not Afraid to Challenge Charles, Lawrence Jones and Sonny Johnson.

But the number of Republicans who have taken advantage of this historic opportunity is small. In many ways, Republicans are still catering to their elites rather than expanding their working-class voters. As Vance told me, “A lot of [Republicans] Say, ‘We really have to bring back the country club set in the Republican Party,’ and I say, at the end of the day, we’re going to be a stronger party if we accept that the country club can be set. is never coming back but we do get some of those black and Hispanic working class voters into our coalition. Let the country club go.”

he is right. And those who think we’re not ready to hear from someone with a real agenda for our community aren’t paying attention. You only need to scroll through comment section Any video featuring Vice President Kamala Harris can gauge how fed up with the notion that we only support candidates who look like us.

Republicans need to take advantage of this opportunity to talk to black voters. It also means he needs to stop being so inspired by any race-related conversation. It is completely illogical to complain about “Democrat run cities” and rage when black people raise concerns about systemic racism. When you deny the existence of institutional racism, you are giving a pass to the people who are in charge of the institutions we are complaining about. And you shouldn’t give them a pass—they’re your political opponents! Instead, address systemic issues, and show us how you’re going to fix them.

The GOP has never had a better opportunity to strike a chord with black people than they do now. This share of opportunity with black people today is the same opportunity that the Democrats seized in the FDR era. If the GOP can get its way, Republican leaders will be uniquely positioned to become the Democratic Party: a majority working class party representing the majority of the country.

Darvio Moro is the CEO of FCB Radio Network and co-host of The Outlaws Radio Show.

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