Nicely said, Mr. Hawkins. Several insights I hadn't considered. However, one enormous point that you didn't mention. More blacks will consider becoming Republicans when it is no longer socially acceptable to call a black Republican an "Uncle Tom" or "house ni---r." Even Time magazine got into the game when it titled an article on Clarence Thomas "Uncle Tom Justice." Why would any sane black person subject him- or herself to this kind of "approved" hate speech?