September 27th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
15 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, NY, NY

    What is there to be scared of? As usual blacks won't vote for Republicans because they will eat up all the usual Democrat BS about the Republicans wanting to send them back to the cotton fields.

    Mr Martin your living in your own little world if you think that the Republicans are any more scared of Democratic black voters then they normally would.

    Maybe some day black voters will wake up and relaize that maybe voting for the party that uses fear mongering to get their votes isn't such a bright idea

    September 28, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Moe, NY

    In my opinion the GOP is not afraid of anything...they just do not care about minorities, the poor, and the middle class in this country. I really believe that the GOP should be very afraid of all american voters this time around!

    September 28, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Garrett Indianapolis, IN

    The GOP elites made a deal with Neo Libs to give Hillary an easy ride. Just face it and look at the facts... Newt says it, Bush says it (hell, he's vacationed with her and Bill more than once), and even Fidel says it. It's obvious that the media knows that and is running with it. Coincidence is almost never what it seems...

    September 28, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Joe in NC

    James in NY
    The Democratic Party uses fearmongering to get votes?

    Anyway, to all those who pointed out the racism of Southern Democrats in the past, you are exactly right. Southern Democrats especially between 1877 and circa 1964 were the most horrible racists this country has ever known. The Northern Democrats were not much better during this time because they wouldn't do anything to risk losing the southern vote. But what did Republicans do for African-Americans during this period? Until Eisenhower, absolutly nothing. After Rutherford B. Hayes ended Reconstruction, Republican administrations as well as Democratic ones did nothing to stop Jim Crowism from being instituted.
    And the instant a few Brave Democrats such as Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson began to support the civil rights movement, Most racist southern Democrats became Republicans. Thurmond did in 1964. Jesse Helms (who wasn't a senator at the time) did in 1970. And probably the only reason Robert Byrd stayed a Democrat is that WV would never elect a republican.
    Nixon then openly courted white southerners in 1968 and 1972; many of whom thought he would reverse the civil rights acts. of course he didn't, but white southerners have mostly voted Republican since then.

    Anyway, There's your History lecture for the day.

    September 28, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. Betiel

    I just wanted to comment on an entry written by Neal on September 26th.
    Blacks did not earn citizenship or the right to live and work peacefully in this country by being enslaved. They had their own communities and families in Africa until they were brought here in chains. They were always human beings that were immorally enslaved by whites for over 200 years. Blacks fought and won their freedom from bondage by fighting in the Civil War. No one should have undergone what they lived through. You wouldn't have lasted a week. Slaveholders got rich off the backs of poorly fed children that carried sacks of cotton that weighed almost as much as they did, women were raped and forced to raise children from their rapists. You wouldn't dream of having your sister being forced to live in the house of a man who would rape her again and again and again. But somehow your warped thinking says that its fine for someone else to have lived through that as long as that person was of a different skin color. Because somehow that makes the rape less painful or dulls the pain of seeing your children sold and dragged away from you. I believe and pray dearly that there is a very hot place in hell for the people who then believed it was okay to treat people so barbariously and for people like you now who try to justify the inhumanity of slavery. May you know the pain that you so lightheartedly reserve for others.

    September 30, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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