Why Do Republicans Insist on Alienating Minorities?

March 26, 2012  |  

Probably, like most of you, I’ve been watching the republican primaries with the peripheral interest of a circus sideshow. As Gingrich, Santorum and Romney duke it out, I’ve heard such alienating phrases as, “I want African American people to demand paychecks, not food stamps,” (Gingrich),  ”I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money,” (Santorum), and Romney’s flub about not caring about the unemployed–never mind that blacks make up 12 percent of that group. And to put icing on the cake, a recent report indicated that 29 percent of republicans from the Deep South think interracial marriage should be illegal, and it appears none of the presidential hopefuls have chosen to disabuse them of this notion. Surprise, surprise.

All this pandering to the extreme right wing of the party has backfired because the ignorant comments, Freudian slips, and allusions to swipe at women’s hard-won reproductive rights impacts not only blacks, but other minorities and white soccer moms. Rick Santorum’s recent comments about how Puerto Ricans should speak better English is just another on a long list of buffoonish remarks aimed at minorities. Santorum single-handedly managed to offend both Hispanics and black people part of the African diaspora.

But it looks like republicans don’t too much like it when “off color” remarks are thrown in the other direction. At a recent fundraiser for President Obama, Robert DeNiro joked about America not being “ready for a white First Lady.” Newt Gingrinch was outraged, OUTRAGED!! He said DeNiro’s comments were inexcusable, and wanted the president to apologize for DeNiro; I guess because an apology from the mega-star wasn’t sufficient for Mr. Gingrinch.

Republicans have essentially given up trying to win “the black vote,” so there seems to be little self-editing happening. Lenny McAllister, senior contributor at Politic365.com and radio host of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” (www.LMGILIVE.com), and frequent guest on CNN, says that the recent antics in the republican party aree less about alienation, and more about a failure to connect. “There hasn’t been a concerted effort to reach minorities [in the republican party] for 40 years.”

McAllister, who is a member of the group, Hip Hop Republicans, worries that this continued failure to connect will prevent republicans from leading a more diverse America, and the country continues to “brown.”

But there’s good news for Obama fans: Although McAllister thinks the president should get a “C-” for his first term, he still predicts a narrow win against Mitt Romney, whom he believes will be the single man standing after the republican primary. Who do you think will win the republican primary?

Christelyn D. Karazin is the co-author of “Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed” (to be released May 2012), and runs a blog, www.beyondblackwhite.com, dedicated to women of color who are interested and or involved in interracial and intercultural relationships. She is also the founder and organizer of “No Wedding, No Womb,” an initiative to find solutions to the 72 percent out-of-wedlock rate in the black community.

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  • Ceejus

    Why do liberals insist on alienating white men is the bigger question.

  • Prettygirl362844

    The GOP does what it does because of something called “The Southern Strategy”… Google is a mutha

  • Cemechet

    Slow down….It’s not that the republican party has alienated minorities, minorities have alienated themselves in most instances. I grew up with the understanding that minorities and black folk in particular vote Democrat no matter what and that Republicans are racist. The big elephant in the room is not being talked about. Since President Obama has been in office the unemployment rate has been extremely high for the african american community, 14%. More than any community. All your disgust and anger should be pointed at your president, not the Republican Party. Our on ignorance is killing us.

    •  I could not agree with you more. Thank you for telling the truth, so many blacks are democrats and they don’t know why because they are too busy being followers and would rather follow social programs and free give a ways that do nothing but help keep us down. The reality is whether it is Obama, Sharpton, Jackson or any other they have done very little to help the black community and why should they? All they have to do is talk and lie and the good blacks will do whatever they say and think whatever they want them to think. We have abandoned ourselves and we are the ones who are holding us back not the replublicans. They did not close the door on us we closed it on them because so many of us would rather be followers. As a well educated black woman I have never been one to allow someone to tell me who to vote for or what party to follow, how sad so many of us continue to be led around because we are so use to nothing or better yet to thinking outside of the box. We would rather blame and make excuses for these so called leaders than to accept the reality and that is they use us because most of us are easily controlled and only want what we can get without doing it for ourselves.

      • FromUR2UB

        Uh hunh.  Well, it’s likely going to be a race only between a democrat and republican.  If you’re convinced that Santorum or Romney is the better choice for this country, then you go ahead and vote for the one who wins the nomination.  But, so far, none of you self-professed well educated black people who denounce the democratic party, have been able to offer a good reason why the rest of us should support the GOP.  We’ve rejected them?  Please.  Over the last 50 years, that party has not only purposely disassociated itself from us, but at times, they’ve even denigrated us.  That’s fine.  The result of that is, they don’t get our votes.  Think of it as herd mentality if you wish, but that’s our option.  We don’t need to try to win them over, because we’re not the ones campaigning. 

  • Because they do not really care about minorities … Also they a**holes

  • FromUR2UB

    They pander to a particular segment of the population.  Minorities are not their audience, and they don’t want us to be.

  • Dcarter910

    1. Over time so much distance has grown between politicians and the American people that Democrat or Republican, they are all mentally/emotionally/financially disconnected from the average American.

    2. Many Republicans are raised in isolated communities in America were white is still the vast majority so they only learn about other cultures from college professors, music and movies.

    3. True leadership is lost within the realm of governance.

  • Jimmy Swaggerd

    This moron Mc Allister would give Obama a “C- minus for his first term”???  What a fuccin idiot!  Obama’s been great!!  Let’s see… the stock market has rebounded, employment has been improving for 20 straight months, taxpayers made $25B on the banking bailout, Iraq war has ended, the American auto industry was saved, and Bin Laden got dealt wit!!
    Keep up the good work Barry O.!!!!