Seriously…

The Hill reports that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was on a radio show and asked about the GOP could reach out to African-American voters.? And here’s what transpired:

MARTIN: But your candidates got to talk to them. One of the criticisms I’ve always had is Republicans — white Republicans — have been scared of black folks.
STEELE: You’re absolutely right. I mean I’ve been in the room and they’ve been scared of me. I’m like, “I’m on your side” and so I can imagine going out there and talking to someone like you, you know, [say] “I’ll listen.” And they’re like “Well.” Let me tell you. You saw in Christie and you saw in McDonnell a door open because they went in and engaged. McDonnell was very deliberate about spending…

Stunning.

Nothing helps your African-American outreach like admitting that your party has trouble accepting any African-American as a legitimate leader.

Although Steele has never been asked to produce his birth certificate.

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  • jeffhess

    Shalom Brian,

    Don't confuse fear of the other with Racism.

    There's plenty of both in the Republican Party, but Martin's question directly addresses the former while only marginally coming at the latter.

    Racism and bigotry are serious challenges. When we make it our fall back in too many cases, we dilute the power of the charge.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff Hess

    p.s. i looked everywhere for a sign-in/register but couldn't find it. posting as a guest sucks bilgewater.

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  • Hi Jeff. Thanks for stopping in. Sorry we threw the Disqus curve at ya. 😉

    I really like this response. You are spot on that fear is not the same as racism. The way I see it, it's necessary but not sufficient to create racism.

    I also agree with your cry wolf argument as well. I made this same point in the Democratic Presidential Primary as it relates to sexism.

  • Shalom Brian,

    Don't confuse fear of the other with Racism.

    There's plenty of both in the Republican Party, but Martin's question directly addresses the former while only marginally coming at the latter.

    Racism and bigotry are serious challenges. When we make it our fall back in too many cases, we dilute the power of the charge.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff Hess

  • Hi Jeff. Thanks for stopping in. Sorry we threw the Disqus curve at ya. 😉

    I really like this response. You are spot on that fear is not the same as racism. The way I see it, it's necessary but not sufficient to create racism.

    I also agree with your cry wolf argument as well. I made this same point in the Democratic Presidential Primary as it relates to sexism.

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