September 27th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Commentary: Why is the GOP scared of black voters?

Watch Roland Martin sound off about the GOP and black voters in this clip from CNN Pipeline.

(CNN) - That's right, I said it. And I mean it.

The GOP as a whole is completely scared of black voters, and the actions by the front-runners for the party's 2008 nomination show they are continuing the same silly political games the party has played for years.

Oh, don't bother tossing out the appointments of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state by Bush. Yes, they are African-American. But I'm speaking of the party.

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  1. James, Phoenix AZ

    "The only thing holding blacks down is blacks but the only thing keeping them from voting GOP are racist whites."

    You mean like Senator Robert Byrd who was in the KKK? Oh wait – he's a democrat.

    Or the 1924 Democrat Convention where the KKK played a significant role. It was called the "Klanbake". Oh wait – that was the democrats too.

    Or maybe it was Woodrow Wilson – that terrible Republican President who pushed segregation on society. Oh wait – HE was a democrat too.

    Ummm .. yeah – blacks don't vote for Republicans because their racists!

    September 26, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    Mel from Springfield

    None of the top tier candidates said they were handing out reparations...get a clue

    September 26, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Don, Houston

    You Republicans always bring up the same old crap when you are confronted with the truth. Your party is controlled by Southern white bigots. That is why most blacks don't vote for you. Who gives a hoot about what happent 60 years ago. Today you are what you are.

    September 26, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Sean, San Diego

    Ayveel in Dallas meet Jon in Sacramento!

    September 26, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. Jan, Omaha, NE

    The GOP isn't "afraid" of black voters. They just see no point in investing time and/or resources in courting them. When over 90% of a demographic group consistently votes for one party, no matter how worthless the candidate of that party is, it tells the GOP "why try?"

    September 26, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. james, Minneapolis, MN

    Ummmm yes black people do not vote for the GOP because they percieve them as racist and the reason the GOP still doesnt have their vote is because they do nothing to combat that perception.

    Duke, Thourmond, Wallace, slavery, they will never get the black vote

    September 27, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. James, Phoenix AZ

    Kent – Madison, Wi,

    Are you referring to the SAME David Duke that ran as a Democrat?

    If you really want to jump into history, Kent – yes, let's look to the south. Southern Democrats that fought for Slavery against Republican Lincoln. Let's look to the Southern Democrats that for decades resisted integration until the 1960's. Let's look at the various Presidential Administrations to see WHICH Presidents included minorities at all levels versus not including minorities or keeping them at entry levels.

    I seriously doubt, Kent, you really want to look into those matters. As a democrat you'll be quite embarrassed.

    September 27, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Steve, NY

    It is a shame that some of the "top tier" candidates will not be showing up tonight. All is not lost for the GOP – Mike Huckabee will be there and will be inspirational as usual. "Vertical Politics" bridges the cultural divide!

    September 27, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Kay, Las Vegas, NV

    Wow, a bunch of bitter racists respond on this post...funny though, none of them identify themselves as white all's own words kinda blow up your theory on Republican party. Put yourselves on simmer people, this guy is obviously trying to incite people against each other...shame he will succeed!

    September 27, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. RealBrothalookingfortheUndercoverBrotha

    You know what this dude is corny. All talk about black this or black that. but to me he's a wolf in sheeps clothing. STILL WAITING ON MY RESPONSE TOO HOMEBOY. SENT A LETTER TO YOU A WHILE AGO GUESS YOUR TOO BUSY RUBBING YOUR ELBOWS. BOOOOOOO

    September 27, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Chip Celina OH

    Duke, Thourmond, Wallace, slavery, they will never get the black vote
    Posted By james, Minneapolis, MN


    I'm puzzled by your quote? The story is about the GOP not in tune blacks, yet you list two Dems turned Republican (Duke, Thurmond), a Democrat (Wallace), and an issue that was ended by a Republican president. I'm trying to figure out if you're being strangely sarcastic, are just extremely uninformed or lack the skills (as do many on this blog) of coherent thought.

    Have a good day,

    September 27, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. james, Minneapolis, MN

    James from Pheonix,

    David Duke the former Grand Wizard of the KKK served as a REPUBLICAN state senator for Louisiana and entered the presidential primary under both parties but the wikipedia entry lists him as a republican.

    Let us not even discuss how the only thing Republicans of today have to do with Lincoln is only the name of the party they served in. Everybody switched sides during the civil rights movement that has already been well established.

    If we are going to make points lets at least be truthful or somewhat honest about them please.

    September 27, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Ayveel, Dallas, TX

    If I was a Republican candidate, I probably wouldn't show up at the debate either. Imagine going into a room where the people already have their mind made up. "I ain't voting for no Republicans. They all evil like George Bush." That is the mindset in these typical debates.

    As a Black American who happens to be Republican, I am not interested in someone showing face to talk about so called Black issues. I am interested in policy. Republican policies overall affect blacks in a more positive way than Democrats.

    What are the black issues? Come on black folks. We get all jumpy about a debate and where they stand on the issues. I promise you. Blacks have the same issues as other Americans of other ethnic groups.

    Lets please stop trying to put RACE to ISSUES. Instead, lets focus POLICY TO ISSUES. And if Democrats were so for Blacks then I promise you that the Bill Clinton 2-term presidency would have been more effective and long-lasting. Bush didn't destroy Black prosperity. Clinton didn't build Black prosperity.

    September 27, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    They are scared because they know they have nothing to offer black Americans. People will choose the person who best represents their interests when at the voting booth. Republicans have done nothing for the black community to deserve their vote.

    September 27, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Patrick, Bartlesville Oklahoma

    As a McCain supporter I have to admit that I think its a huge mistake to skip this debate and the hispanic debate. I expect more from him.

    September 27, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. watchandsee, Elk Grove, CA

    In January, Condoleezza Rice will enter the race and become the republican nominee. She will defeat Hillary Clinton in the closest Presidential election in history!

    September 27, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Jo R, Buena Park, CA

    Republicans fear to debate in front of a minority because they like to feel that they're in charge they don want to know that these minorities are in charge for the votes that they need to get to the Whit House.

    September 27, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Macio Miami FL

    The dynamics of the republican party shifted about 40 years ago w/ LBJ...Black people as a whole are misguided and manipulated. We don't immerse ourselves in the issues that matter when it comes to evaluating a candidate..It comes from a lack of education, which comes from a lack of wealth, etc...Black people need to look to themselves as saviours..White people as a whole view us as ignorant, whiny, lazy, shiftless, violent, uneducated savages...We do not need to hold the beleif that some benevolent white man in an elected office can even beging to address our problems...Granted, our issues exist largely due to the institutionalized racism that has existed since this country began..White people say "Get over it" I agree..But we need to acknowledge that we are not inherently inferior, we are just 400 years behind with respect to social and economic development...Self reliance is the key...I don't trust the government. Historically it is run by white men who care NOTHING for anyone outside of their demographic...What happened to all those treaties signed with the Native Americans? What happened to your 40 acres and a mule? You're not getting repartations...In spite of the fact that a LARGE percentage of white America is STILL reaping the benefits of financial gains made through the enslavement of our ancestors, when it comes to the reality of what it has done to us, they are in denial...SO...Forget them..get your house in order..Stop having kids with losers, get educated, stop killing each other, and stop getting offended by bloggers, or media folk who are simply hecklers of our culture...Jackson and Sharpton are more interested in self promotion that resolving our REAL issues...So...Vote your concious, but...Don't rely on ANY elected official to define or embody your value system....

    September 27, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    you libs are so darn touchy ! Every freakin' group that holds a debate is NOT going to get the candidates to show up ! If I were a candidate I would just show for the six main network debates like it used to Be

    forget the SNOWMAN, forget the MINTORTY ONLY debates, forget LA RAZA ONLY debates. Just have debates for all the AMERICAN PEOPLE TOGETHER !!

    September 27, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    "White people as a whole view us as ignorant, whiny, lazy, shiftless, violent, uneducated savages…"

    to see the people of New orleans ignore the Saturday warning to Get OUT, to see them demand section 8 housing instead of getting work , to see the violence on their streets, the filthy homes , the fact that they re-elected the same man who didn't do squat on aug 29 2005.

    Now how are we supposed to think otherwise.

    September 27, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  21. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    It's not just black voters.

    Many white people are simply scared of blacks, period.
    I'm white and I see it in my neighbors, relatives, everywhere.

    That's why many became republican even though their parents were new deal democrats, voting rationally for the party that protected the working class, gave us social security, medicare and protected unions and working conditions in mines and factories.

    But fear is a powerful force and the republicans began to exploit that well esp after 1968. The south turned solidly republican, scared white men want to protect "gun rights" in their twisted fantasy of protecting their home with their gun, and racial fear easily overcame their economic self interest.

    Before this color-coded "terrorism" fear mongering, the republicans used racial fear and racial code-words amongst each other to electoral advantage.
    The Karl Roves of America know that fear is a very powerful force and they exploit it for all that it's worth.

    September 28, 2007 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  22. Black Francis

    Republicans have done nothing for the black community to deserve their vote.

    Republican President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights act, supports the Brown decision, and sends troups to Little Rock, Arkansas.

    Republican Richard Nixon signs first major affirmative action policy.

    Republican congress restructures welfare in 1996, urging personal responsibility and helping millions of people obtain self-sufficency

    President George Bush, Jr spends more on domestic social policies than any president before.

    Yes, Pixie, I guess Republicans have done nothing supportive for blacks.

    September 28, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton FL

    Jan from Omaha...

    How about the fact that African Americans, regardless of who they vote for are still AMERICANS! Since when did we become a country of, "I'll only help whites/blacks/hispanics" if they vote for my party? As a Puerto Rican American, I ask what has this Republican administration done to help the cause of Hispanic Americans??? I ask because they voted 40% for President Bush...Oh is that not enough for you Jan???

    The fact is that your statement alone shows the divisiveness of GOP politics and why your party is unfit to run this country.

    September 28, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton FL

    Black Francis...

    The fact that out of 50 years of different Republican could only come up with four situations in which a Republican president helped/or may have helped a major demographic in this country basically proves the point of this article...Try again

    September 28, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    last time I checked Blacks were Americans. Why are you holding a different debate that excludes white audience? Why not just show up at the regular debate?

    September 28, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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