The following article is from Townhall Online Journal. In it Star Parker tries to make the point that the Tea Party is not racist and that the Republican Party is not the Republican Party that many, especially the media and the left thought it was. She tries to make both of these points off of the elections results of last Tuesday. Nice try and I think she is right, but ...
- Two new black republicans is not a sea-change.
- All of the new Reps. and Senators still need to be held accountable for good decisions, white or black, democrat or republican.
- The twelve Republican blacks who lost their races to represent their districts need to not give up.
- Winning in gerrymandered districts against worthy adversaries is a good sign but the Republican party will need to continue to make gains to dispel both the reality and the myths of the past.
- And Star, I hope you run again. You would make a great representative of any district.
- The Tea Party needs to continue to mature if it hopes to gain real momentum.
Race and the 2010 elections
Will the NAACP be celebr
ating the arrival of two new black faces to the U.S. House of Represent atives?
Don’t hold your bre
ath. They certainly will not. These two new black congressmen are Republicans.
There’s a powerful message here th
atshould and must be digested.
We have arrived in post-racial America but establishment blacks – lodged in the political left – refuse to accept it and are doing all they can to get black citizens to refuse to accept it.
The sobering reality is th
atthe black political establishment doesn’t want Dr. King’s dream. They don’t want an where people are judged by the content of their character. They want an America th America atis Democr atand left wing and this is wh atthey promote today under the banner of civil rights.
The campaign by the NAACP and leading black journalists – all liberals – to paint the Tea Party movement, the push back against government growth and intrusiveness over the last two years, as motiv
ated by racism is shameful.
Shortly before the elections, the NAACP produced a tome called “Tea Party N
ationalism,” alleging racist connections to the Tea Party movement.
The day before the elections, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote a column suggesting th
atthe Tea Party movement was a well funded racist pushback against President Obama which started the day of his inaugur ation.
Tim Scott and Allen West, our new black Republican congressmen, are both aggressive and unapologetic voices for everything the Tea Party movement stands for.
They were just elected in districts th
atare overwhelmingly white. Both also defe ated white Republican opponents in their primaries.
Scott’s district is Republican. But West’s is not.
’s 22nd district th Florida atjust elected West voted for Barack Obama in 2008, John Kerry in 2004, and Al Gore in 2000.
I guess these white Democr
ats and Independents didn’t get the racism memo.
The political tsunami, washing in a wave of new Republicans to
, was caused by a major shift in the vote of political independents, overwhelmingly white, and who largely voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Washington
Who turned on the light after the presidential election th
atcaused these white voters to discover th atthe man they voted for, to their horror according to the NAACP and Eugene Robinson, is black?
presidential approval poll over the last year and a half and you get a graphic picture of the changing political landscape th Gallup atproduced the electoral results we just witnessed.
In February 2009, Barack Obama’s approval r
ating, 65%, exceeded his disapproval, 21%, by 44 points.
By August 2009, 6 months after passage of the stimulus bill, the bailouts of banks and General Motors, and well into President Obama’s marketing campaign for his health care initi
ative, th atgap shrunk to seven points – 50% approve, 43% disapprove.
In January 2010, voters of
elected a Republican, Scott Brown, in a special election to replace long term Democr Massachusetts atlegend Ted Kennedy. Brown campaigned against the health care bill, which Ted Kennedy had called “the cause of my life.”
President Obama went to
to campaign for Brown’s opponent Martha Coakley. Massachusetts
By the end of January, Obama’s approval margin was gone. 47% approve, 47% disapprove.
Obama refused to get the message and joined with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to use procedural gymnastics to pass a far reaching health care bill th
atthe American people didn’t want.
End of story.
Tim Scott and Allen West won their races. But there were 14 blacks total running as Republicans in congressional races around the country, including me.
ate racism because it denies th atwh atis in a person’s mind and heart has nothing to do with the color of their skin.
Almost everyone in
today, Thank God, appreci America ates this truth.
When will the left wing black establishment wake up to it?
Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Educ
ation, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plant ation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and Wh atWe Can do About It.