WASHINGTON, December 14, 2017: The GOP primary was an imperial grand showcase of what a modern, multicultural American ethnicity should and does looks like. Sixteen candidates across the ethnic platform showed that racism is not prevalent in the GOP.
Compared to the Democratic primary, this was the most diverse assortment of candidates and perspectives on America governance.
After seeing a lot of claims on social media and to some extent insinuations in the mainstream implying that the GOP, by and large, is a racist organization, devoid of ethnic compassion or non-white representation makes me wonder if they watched the debates at all.
Knowing where the discontentment stems from does nothing to explain the real fear of the conservative values embodying the party. Fearing the past misses the current opportunity.
Racism, by definition, is discrimination resulting from an individual’s physical characteristic, most notably skin color. Nothing else. A racist party would never nominate, support and elect people of color on any level of the political spectrum. And here the GOP has nominated and elected both male and female African Americans to Congress US Senator Tim Scott and Congresswoman Mia Love.
There are a number of Hispanic legislators such as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. George Bush Jr. appointed Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Powell. Trump picked Ben Carson as his Sec. HUD. Obama had 3 African Americans in his cabinet over a span of two terms: Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder both held the same position.
Racism is an individual choice.
If people of color decide to self-segregate to the point of disengaging from what is basically a two-party electoral system, how much do they stand to benefit from the American political enterprise altogether as a result of that choice? Black America believes that the values of Civil Rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Andrew Young and Thurgood Marshall were better served by the Democratic Party. However, that is not completely historically accurate.
Racist have infiltrated both parties and racism, in general, is a personal choice, not a party platform. Unlike Nazism or Fascism, Republicanism’s motivation is purely economical, absent of race. Strom Thurman was a proclaimed racist and an elected member of the GOP.
That goes without saying.
However, on the issue of Civil Rights Republicans were first to present legislation to effectively coalesce the American hegemony. Democrat John F. Kennedy was among those that were against a groundbreaking piece of Civil Rights legislation. Those Democrats opposed it purely out of self-interest.
Ben Carson accomplished neurosurgeon leads HUD.
Ben Carson, an accomplished neurosurgeon and Yale graduate, has spearheaded important changes at Hud. Among those changes are, awarding over 7 billion in funds, creating new programs to increase educational advancement, economic empowerment, and health and wellness and leadership.
All despite his non-government background.
“I am immensely grateful and deeply humbled to take on such an important role in service to the American people,” says Secretary Carson.
For nearly 30 years, Secretary Carson served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a position he assumed when he was just 33 years old, making him the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history. Dr. Carson received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Diversity is part of the GOP platform.
GOP platform does not express racist sentiments or any division in regard to race in any of its language.
2017 GOP platform consists of six sections in addition to the preamble which are:
- Restoring the American Dream
- Rebirth of Constitutional Government
- Agriculture Energy and Environment
- Government Reform
- Great American Families Education, Healthcare and Criminal Justice
- America Resurgent
The preamble is clear and as a road-map, its aim is to “Make America great …and united again.”
Fear produces skewed socio-economic outcomes.
Racism is a belief. That belief can materialize in different types of decision making patterns or behaviors or in actions that negatively affect others. By and large, Urban America suffers from systemic poverty, the result of which, is poor basic education. Education level tends to affect an individual’s ability to openly communicate problems and ascertain the right solutions.
Education, generally speaking, is a sum total of an individual’s personal experiences and decisions made based on those experiences. A collection of experiences. Formal public education, which a number of millionaires and billionaires lack, has failed to equip at least a generation of black Americans with the right tools to succeed. And that is some and not all.
An inability to identify with the party based on its public policy, cannot and should not be defined by either its racial makeup or an individual’s intellect. Democrats have represented urban neighborhoods for more than a decade and those areas remain significantly impoverished, educationally lacking and severely ridden with violent crime. What is even worse, the list of black politicians that have defrauded their black constituents is over a mile long.
Fundamental trust in God.
The church is a fundamental part of the black community. It provides both a social and spiritual outlet for residents. It forms a sounding board for social issues and acts as a guardian in times of crisis. Removal of the aspect that God plays a major role in the overall success of this nation’s by a political party, or even debating that issue should trouble every religious leader, and every congregation in America. Credit has to be given to Barack Obama for re-instituting God into the Democratic party’s platform.
Nevertheless, a clear distinction exists between both parties when it comes to religion and policies that have a religious context. Issues like prayer in public schools, financial support of parochial schools and abortion separate Democrats and Republicans. Blacks, being predominantly, Democrats need to fully consider the implications of these party platform choices when they vote.