Monday, August 29, 2016

New Black Panther Leader: You know...Trump might be right

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Not responsible for ruined keyboards/monitors...
Yes, that headline's correct, ladies and gentlemen.  A leader of the New Black Panthers has heard Trump's outreach to the black community.  You know what?  He thinks it's worth taking a look:
Quanell X, leader of the New Black Panther Party in Houston, Texas, said this week on a local news program that black Americans should “truly examine” Donald Trump’s outreach to the black community and “reexamine the relationship” that black voters have with the Democratic Party.
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Here's some of what Quanell X said during his interview:
Let me say this to the brothers and sisters who listened and watched that speech. We may not like the vessel that said what he said, but I ask us to truly examine what he said, because it is a fact that for 54 years, we have been voting for the Democratic party like no other race in America. And they have not given us the same loyalty and love that we have given them. We as black people have to reexamine the relationship — where we are being pimped like prostitutes, and they’re the big pimps pimping us politically, promising us everything and we get nothing in return.

We gotta step back now as black people and say, we’ve gotta look at all the parties and vote our best interests.
The fact of the matter is that the Republican party has written off the black community as automatic Democrat voters for decades.  Oh sure there are black conservatives out there, and they're welcomed with open arms whenever they see the light and come to the Right.  There hasn't really been any sort of real outreach, though.  Republican politicians will mouth all the platitudes about feeling the plight of the inner city, but when it comes right down to it they don't even bother to try for the monolithic black vote.

Then along comes Donald Trump.  What does he do?  He has a speech where he speaks directly to the black community.  He tells them point blank that the Democrat party has done nothing for them.  Worse, the Democrat party has worked tirelessly to keep them subservient and reliant on government.  The Democrat party freaks out, and Hillary Clinton has her own speech where she tries to paint Trump as the leader of some racist conspiracy.  The media freaks out and trots out expert after expert calling his actions racist.  The GOP freaks out because, quite frankly, they have zero idea what to do with Trump, and have been freaking out since day one.

The black community, though?  They seem to be hearing his words.  It's been a long, long time since any politician of any substance has listened to their woes.  Quannel X proves that many are at least willing to listen to what he has to say.   Does that mean that blacks will turn out in large numbers to vote for Trump this election cycle?  Probably not.  The black community has been conditioned for so long to vote Democrat despite things having gotten worse.  The black family is almost a thing of the past.  Black unemployment is higher than any other group in the country.  Black on black inner city violence is so bad that it's become an epidemic.  Like a battered woman, though, the black community keeps Democrats in power because they're convinced that they really, truly love them.  This time will be better.  This time things will change.

Decades of abuse is not going to be healed overnight.  It's going to take years of real, actual outreach by Republicans and conservatives across the country for that to happen.  The black community has been told for years that the Right has nothing but contempt for them.  We need to prove that the exact opposite is true.

Donald Trump has taken the first real steps toward making that change.  The GOP would do well to work with him to build upon those steps.

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