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To Appeal to Black Voters, GOP Must Run Gauntlet of Racism Accusations

treynolds77 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 1:07 PM
Republicans seem to think racial discrimination doesn't exist. That's a very odd starting point. It's one thing to say: "Racism does exist, but government is ill-equipped to address these social dynamics. Quotas and affirmative action are not the answer. Non-government, local approaches are. We oppose discrimination everywhere." It's another to say, "What racism?". Let me close by saying Goldberg thinks Republicans can take race off the table and appeal to minorities through better public policy. Minorities who endure racial discrimination will not vote for a party that begins by dismissing their legitimate concerns. It's a non-starter.

If the GOP wants to win more black votes, it will need to get a lot more "racist."

The scare quotes are necessary because I don't think the Republican Party is racist now (and, historically, the GOP has a lot less to answer for than the Democratic Party does).

But that hasn't stopped a lot of people from slandering Republicans as racist for one reason or another.

Right now, many in Washington -- particularly the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus -- insist that Republican attacks on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice are racist and, yawn, sexist. The basis...