Skip to main content

Hello Republican National Committee:

I’m Chris L. Robinson and this will be the final installment in my tips for how you can win over the black community. If you’ll recall, the first tip was about your running away--away from plantation terminology--and the second involved focusing your criticism on the actions of the President and his administration, instead of the man, himself. This final tip is probably the most important of all, because it will seem very counterintuitive to you.

Don’t ever send black Republicans to recruit black people.

This is easily the number one way for the GOP to repair its relationship with the black community. Look, I know it makes sense to you: you believe that black people only vote for other black people and it doesn’t matter how terrible a candidate that black person is. Therefore it makes sense that you send black Republicans to convince black people to instead vote for your candidate. But since your presumption is wrong, your plan of action is also wrong.

First, black people REGULARLY vote for white people--we have little choice. In my almost 45 years on this earth,  I have voted for a black person for President exactly twice. Once in 2008 and once in 2012. In prior elections, I didn’t stay home, I voted for the white man. In 2016, I may be voting for a white woman. In local elections, too, I have mostly voted for white people and have often voted for them over black people.

Second, black Republicans--at least the vocal ones, the public ones, the kind that you see on Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, the ones trying to be spokesmen for the Republican party are, for the most part, terrible people. They have to be, or else, they wouldn’t be black Republicans.

They can’t be good people because they’ve made the devil’s bargain with you: that they will badmouth and undermine black people for gain. Now, maybe that gain isn’t always monetary.  And I think that several really are true believers--I think Alfonzo Rachel, for example, really believes all of the wrong things he says. But whether it is money or fame or the opportunity to push an agenda, to be a black Republican is to sign on to regularly invoking the “Democrat plantation”, attacking the first black President as being an illegitimate usurper, and defending the classism and racism of the right-wing.

But before we get into that, I have to let you in on a little secret: black people don’t really think the president is the Second Coming of Jesus. You’ve just said it so many times so that you can denigrate the black vote that you’ve convinced yourself that it’s true. That’s why it thrills you so much to hear black people badmouth the president that you will pay them to do it, when in reality, you could hear it for free in thousands of black barbershops every day.

And the people that you pay know it. But they don’t tell you because they want the benefits that come with being the kind of black “friend” that says the kinds of things you want to hear.

What does this mean? It means that black Republicans really could talk to black people about the President and the problems in the black community. They could, that is, IF they didn’t have to spend so much time proving their loyalty by doing the absolutely  most important thing a black Republican can do--defend the classism and racism of Republicans.
It is in this position of human shield that black Republicans really, well, shine. Every time some right-winger says some racist nonsense, rather than Republicans spending their energy condemning it, a black Republican is trotted out to defend it, often adding his own insulting gloss to it--a gloss which is sometimes worse, than the original comment.

Now in THEIR defense, would you really keep them around if they didn’t? What would happen if black Republicans wanted to push the Republican brand without trying to score cheap points on the President or suggesting that black people are lazy and ungrateful? They MUST defend foolishness. Like suspected moderate Mitt Romney declaring himself “severely conservative”, they have to spend so much time proving to YOU that they are critical of black people that they are largely useless to you in RECRUITING black people.

It’s like I always say: would you send lamb chops to recruit sheep? Then don’t send black Republicans to recruit black people.

Edited transcript of video available here:

Top Comments Submission Made Easy

Just click on the Spinning Top photo to submit a comment from this diary to Top Comments. Copy the entire comment (including the commenter's user name and the date/time) and paste it into the message. Add your reason for nominating and send.

Top Comments posts nightly at 10pm EST.

Originally posted to ChrisLRobinson on Wed May 14, 2014 at 07:38 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kitchen Table Kibitzing, Barriers and Bridges, and Black Kos community.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, RepackRider, Pat K California, Angie in WA State, Joe Bob, Jack K, Bill in Portland Maine, Odysseus, lapin, Trendar, TrueBlueMajority, nmjardine, Emerson, Noelle in MPLS, MouseThatRoared, Shockwave, donna in evanston, Delevie, Jay C, Stein, GayHillbilly, eeff, Sandy on Signal, NCJim, Bryce in Seattle, Matilda, hnichols, Creosote, dweb8231, regis, entlord, missLotus, susans, sponson, Wee Mama, Merlin1963, joe pittsburgh, shanikka, otto, Dhavo, askyron, Alna Dem, wader, k9disc, Texknight, kharma, psnyder, MrSandman, TexDem, pat bunny, ranger995, niteskolar, Steven Payne, Catte Nappe, lcrp, Bendra, philipogog, zerelda, mungley, randallt, hayden, xxdr zombiexx, bibble, sebastianguy99, Armand451, Frank Vyan Walton, Kane in CA, sawgrass727, Gowrie Gal, gammarock, davidincleveland, maybeeso in michigan, Tinfoil Hat, Progressive Witness, ichibon, LakeSuperior, blueyedace2, SherwoodB, Chinton, ZappoDave, Ex Con, majcmb1, pasadena beggar, where4art, Overseas, aarrgghh, most peculiar mama, BayAreaKen, blue jersey mom, ivorybill, sunbro, ord avg guy, Cecile, kaliope, Tunk, mph2005, Joes Steven, Box of Rain, awsnyde, poco, esquimaux, golem, myboo, Mr Bojangles, MeMeMeMeMe, BlueInARedState, Kimball Cross, dopper0189, mr crabby, raptavio, koNko, ruleoflaw, deha, Naniboujou, NCJan, Libby Shaw, mozartssister, Crashing Vor, JVolvo, plf515, ER Doc, middleagedhousewife, onionjim, BlueMississippi, CA Nana, FrankieB, Aaa T Tudeattack, krwheaton, Thinking Fella, tegrat, sephius1, One Pissed Off Liberal, camlbacker, gailwax, EdSF, edsbrooklyn, FishOutofWater, HeartlandLiberal, HCKAD, Rosalie907, SeaTurtle, bobswern, jhop7, Wreck Smurfy, cececville, leonard145b, JML9999, Da Rock, kdnla, on the cusp, TomP, cville townie, chicago minx, gizmo59, rmonroe, JDWolverton, JeffW, JaxDem, GAS, WilliamE, ScottyUrb, Sixty Something, Youffraita, Senor Unoball, dadadata, skohayes, Buckeye Nut Schell, alasmoses, mikeconwell, Lujane, tofumagoo, RandomNonviolence, smartdemmg, Jeff Y, catly, codairem, elpacifico66, My Spin, Keninoakland, suesue, rodentrancher, rhutcheson, GustavMahler, oldliberal, legendmn, Fiddlegirl, clent, maggiejean, Bule Betawi, multilee, J M F, bleuet, LinSea, Alex Budarin, Norm in Chicago, janmtairy, Tara the Antisocial Social Worker, fToRrEeEsSt, LibrErica, virginwoolf, Mylies Voice, Denise Oliver Velez, kevinpdx, Keith Pickering, Exquisite, Check077, stevenwag, moviemeister76, sfarkash, jfromga, kingfishstew, joe from Lowell, Nannyberry, nocynicism, Vita Brevis, Lefty Ladig, cassandraX, smileycreek, FogCityJohn, Captain Marty, NJpeach, gramofsam1, blueyescryinintherain, secret38b, LOrion, Polly Syllabic, Lost and Found, Things Come Undone, DrWhk, Simple, JoanMar, pixxer, nickrud, Patate, Loose Fur, petesmom, Oh Mary Oh, FarmerG, theKgirls, Hiranyagarbha, kerflooey, Front Toward Enemy, MidwestTreeHugger, ladywithafan, Dretutz, Powell, slowbutsure, La Gitane, OhioNatureMom, kevin k, deeproots, AsianAfricanAmerican, marleycat, sethtriggs, IllanoyGal, thomask, BarackStarObama, createpeace, worldlotus, whoknu, Square Knot, Tommy T, Safina, Imhotepsings, poliwrangler, Caddis Fly, goleft333, Vatexia, Red Tom Kidd, baquist, SoCalSal, SteelerGrrl, stlsophos, NedSparks, Chitown Kev, Mathazar, mikeVA, Take a Hard Left, chmood, i saw an old tree today, clubbing guy, Prairie D, liberalfrombirth, HPrefugee, MightyMoe, TheLizardKing, Chrislove, Siri, IndieGuy, ahumbleopinion, AnnieR, a2nite, Persius, CA ridebalanced, Mike RinRI, Slightly Wobbly, peachcreek, Forward is D not R, jts327, radical simplicity, Lilredhead, MartyM, pittie70, doroma, parakeet, sexgenderbody, avsp, jeannew, ItsaMathJoke, dotdash2u, George3, RLMAC, mzkryz, Blue Bell Bookworm, Chaddiwicker, kaminpdx, simple serf, Illinois IRV, countwebb, newinfluence, Linda1961, Thornrose, twocrows1023, poopdogcomedy, SanFernandoValleyMom, Blue Wolf Bosh, SixSixSix, Southcoast Luna, aresea, Aunt Pat, JerryNA, howabout, Jon Sitzman, Smoh, nice marmot, BadKitties, runfastandwin, Patango, LilithGardener, Jim Domenico, tubaguy, oslyn7, skepticalcitizen, TheDuckManCometh, debn, sfsteach, The Marti, Sally Foster, nancyjones, richardvjohnson, CA wildwoman, Chas 981, hamjudo, cnt zro, eagleray, ExpatGirl, MarthaPeregrine, jbsoul, Tony Situ, percussiveman, Skyye, fishnleo, ginimck, docclay, Urban Space Cowboy, IsaacKuo, oldhippy48, ypochris, Cynthia Hobgood Strauss, kfunk937, AWilson, Shawn87, numble, kobaltkween, jcdevildog, Doctor Jazz, kenneth houck, Carlos Sanchez, Older and Wiser Now, Xaviersx, JohnMiguel

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site