The Black Republican

I will never understand it!

One of the greatest contradictions in our society is that of the Black Republican. One who claims the party of racial division as the party of right? I have never been able to understand the motivation behind such support.

“We support the Republican Party because Lincoln freed the slaves.”

Did I miss something in the translation or does this sound as idiotic to you as it does to me? Then there is the claim that they vote republican because republicans share their values.

What are these values?

“You should be seen but not heard unless the political climate desperately calls for it.”

Every black member of the republican party should honestly ask themselves the following; would Clarence Thomas be a supreme court justice had he not been following Thurgood Marshall? Would Michael Steele be on the national scene had the Republican Party not needed a face of color in an attempt to remake its image after suffering devistating loses in the 2008 elections? Then there is Collin Powel, a man who worked his way through the Republican Party only to see it for what it now is “Lost”.

The Republican Party of today is rife with racism and it seems only a small minority of blacks are incapable of seeing this. We have just gone through a year of hearing republicans give homage to the greatness of Ronald Reagan, a man who perfected the art of exploiting white anger as a method of solidifying his party. While the Black Republican of today likes to pay respects to Abraham Lincoln, the rest of Black society walks with eyes wide open in remembrance of Barry Goldwater, Trent Lott, Richard Nixon, and George Bush. What is it in their DNA that makes it impossible for them to acknowledge the war on blacks waged by Reagan during his time as Governor of California? How can you sit with a straight face and pretend that Reagan did not attempt to reverse a long standing policy of the government not granting tax exempt status to segregated schools or his undying support of Bob Jones University.

When a Black republican attempts to woo you with glorious stories of Lincoln and reconstruction, don’t let them off the hook without having them explain the recent history of the party. What they won’t mention is that after the Democratic Party signed ‘The Civil Rights Act” into law, most racist democrats left the party of Blue for the party of Red. This list included such notables as Jesse Helms, George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, (and yes) Ronald Reagan the poster boy for the new Republican Party; each belonging to the racist democratic party switched alliances after Kennedy introduced civil rights legislation. The entire philosophy of conservatism was birthed out of the shift in the party during the civil rights movement. The change in the political landscape shifted the U.S. political coloring chart as the south changed from blue to red and the north from red to blue. As a result the Republican party of Lincoln was no more.

So I ask the all important question? Why would a black person support the Republican Party?

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JOE BARNETT 6 years ago

SOBF_ it has puzzeled me for years how they could do that too.i remember when reagan said that he didn't know that there was racism in america. that shocked everyone!

The gov't begged people to go and fight their war, wwii,korea and vietnam and for that they would give you "free lifetime medical care". ok,risk your life /free medical care . we took it. i did, during vietnam. the system was such also, that when a serviceman came home he could draw unemployment to help with re-orientation and re-establishing himself. republican ronnie reagan came in and said that anyone that gets out of the service, quits their job. therefore, no unemployement for them and that everyone would have to start paying for their medical care.but he said this after everyone finished ducking the bullets and the war was over and eventhough there are written contracts on file saying the opposite . he said it cost too much ha ha ! then we went to war in afganistan granada iraq and now afganistan again. at 10 billion a month.

Their entire philosophy is big business PERIOD!the other stuff is just stuff that actually makes their eyes roll up in their head and they don't care about but, they know that in order to keep getting the money they have to pretend to they just say that whatever "is" right now, shall remain. that way nothing is on them and all they have to deal with is gettin the money.

Unbridled, all that we can expect is to see the rich get richer and the middle class dissappear to a two class system.the very rich and the very poor. there was a time when there were no pentions,40 hour work week, insurance,safety requirements, overtime etc.big business just raked in the dough. when you got hurt, they just said see ya and gave you a bag of potatoes. entire families were destroyed and children put in ophanages.never to see their families again. that was the gilded edge and that is what they would like today. they will use anyone to help with their agenda , like "joe the plumber".he was extremely ignorant and they knew it , i knew it and they let him make a fool of himself to the informed, but look like a hero to the uninformed. so in answer to your question the "only" obvious reason that i can fiqure is, that they will stick their head in the sand, sell their souls, so they can be next to the money. in hopes of it rubbing off on them. always an interesting read!

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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Joe - you make some excellent points. The thing that probably bothers me the most is that they allow themselves to be used as "Joe the Plumbers" never really giving thought to the company they keep. One hubber on hubpages makes the claim that blacks vote democrat because they want welfare (he's black) and because they were told to do so by Jesse Jackson. The saddness behind the hope that the empire of wealth will somehow rub off on you for promoting a society of division.

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William R. Wilson 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN

This is absolutely true SOBF - and Joe too. Willie Horton anyone? The non existent "Welfare Queen" of Chicago?

What about the robocalls during the Republican primary (I think it was in SC) that said that McCain had fathered a black child out of wedlock?

Racism is most definitely a part of the Republican Party's playbook. You hear it all the time: "We believe that hard working Americans should be able to keep their money, and those who don't want to work don't deserve blah blah blah." Like they know anything about those who supposedly don't want to work - many of whom are working two jobs and have kids to feed.

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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

William, if you want a read that will boggle the mind take a second to check this out

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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

LOL LOL SOBF - Black Republicans remind me, again, of the "red dog" waiting for that pat on the head by massa. It amuses me that Democrats and welfare always seemed to be coupled in the same sentence.

REALITY CHECK: there are more whites on welfare than blacks, more hispanic than blacks..why? Hello do the math their populations are larger than ours.

My husband works in the grocery retail industry located next to one of the states largest colleges. Most of the students have wic cards, welfare or both,and 95% of the 400 thousand plus student body are white.

Our welfare system leaves a bad taste in the mouths of taxpayers because of the unchecked abuse of the system. Its not policed in any way or fashion. There are no checks and balances on who qualifies, rules differ from state to state. We've got people living here with illegal status on our welfare role.

Getting back to the subject I see black Republicans more as a career move for some especially now with Reps trying to "color" up the ranks. These people are not true to any one party only true to their own career agendas. If I'm not mistaken Denzel Washington is a Republican .. go figure.

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Warren Curtis 6 years ago from Buffalo, New York

Again Brilliant!!!!!!!!

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Jim Bryan 6 years ago from Austin, TX

I read Right Black's take on the issue and shook my head. Keep it up.

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for this insight which has confirmed my perceptions. I think Colin Powell must these days be a very angry man. But Ihope a wiser and more clear-eyed one.

Thanks for sharing your insights.

Love and peace


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago


It was the republicans and not the democrats that were responsible for ending slavery.

Blacks as well as all the other voters would be better Americns if they voted for the best candidate regardless of party.

When you register as republican or democrat you sold your vote, you no longer matter to the party. The party will now pander to the independent voter to win the election.

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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author


First let me thank you for keeping me up all night responding to your comments. LOL!

Yes, the republican party was in power when slavery ended and a republican president signed the order ending it, but the truth is that Lincoln only freed the slaves to save the Union not out of some moral desire to do so. If you really want to give credit for slaves freedom it should be given to Frederick Douglas.

If you look at the Republican Party during and immediately after the civil war you will find a party that resembles today's democrats more than today's republicans.

Everyone talks about the constitution, Lincoln, and losing their freedom but they never discuss that fact that reconstruction following the war was the first social program in our countries history. Reconstruction also resulted in several amendments to the constitution, which proves it to be what it is a living document.

I know I took the long way around just to say blacks vote against what they don't trust and they have no trust for Republicans.

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OpinionDuck 6 years ago


On the flip side the democrats really really wanted slavery.

I can understand not voting for a party you don't trust.

I personally don't trust either party, and as long as people are loyal party members, the party will ignore them.

Everyone should be aware that both parties use sophisticated demographic software programs that isolate the issues that they need to feed to each locale. That means possibly having the party tell each locale what they want to hear, and that means some of the locales ae lied to just to get their vote.

Politics is a marketing mind control business today, and the people (voters) can't rely on old time beliefs. The parties have gone into the 21st century, now the voters need to catch up with them.

Thanks for the night time company. :)

woodwoman 6 years ago

I think Michael Steele is headed for a fall. He was the wrong choice, not because of his race but because of his tactics. The RNC shouldn't have tried to put in a token black because now both the party and Steele look stupid. I halfway hope he'll stay on and continue to spend money on parties and jets, diverting it from attack ads against the Democrats.

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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author


While the democrats wanted slavery a comparison between today's democrats and yesterdays republicans show a greater parallel than they do within their own party.

Was not reconstruction a republican measure?

SOBF profile image

SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author


Thank you for the comment. It was not by accident that Steele became chairman of the RNC after Obama was elected President. It is also a fact that since making that move the hardliners within the RNC have been calling for him to step down every time he scratches himself.

As a resident of Maryland I am very familiar with Steele politics which starts and ends with talk. The Republicans were actually in need of action, someone with an actual plan and introducing HIP HOP into the party was not it.

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Clarence Thomas may be the most brilliant Justice on the court. I am amazed at the demonization of anybody who does not toe the line to your belief system. Who really looks down on black people? Those who think they are perfectly capable of being anything they want? Or those who think they are little babies who need an elite group of intellectuals to coddle them and give them special privileges at every turn or if that fails just a free lunch for life. Is a dependent person a free person? How on earth you can glorify the likes of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton—race baiting shakedown artists who have used blacks to make themselves millionaires—while denigrating say Herman Cain, J C Watts, Alan Keyes, et al. who stand for what is true, and good, and right?

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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author


Answer me one question re:Clarence Thomas. Would he have a seat on the Supreme Court had he not been replacing Thurgood Marshall? Clarence Thomas has made a name for himself as the justice least likely to write an opinion or ask questions during a proceeding and you call him the most brilliant justice on the court. Please share with me on what you based your conclusion.

Alan Keyes is known in both parties as being two sandwiches short of a picnic basket, that is why he has never been given a position of responsibility within the republican party.

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MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

Let's be factual. The Democrats in the U.S. Senate opposed the Civil Rights Bill! It never passed until the GOP took the Senate back.

BTW, what party did Martin Luther King Jr., and Fredrick Douglas belong to?

Ouch, I think you'll be feeling that one tomorrow.LOL

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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Mike - I suggest that you check the voting record. You will find that Southerners on both sides of the ailse voted against the civil rights act.

Your history has been bent to somehow support your party. King was non political and bolonged to no party. Or are you claiming him as a Republican Socialist Communist, for he leaned more towards socialism as a political theory than any American form of government. Frederick Douglas belonged to no party because he was unable to vote. LOL @ The republican party history book.

I guess you also believe that slaves enjoyed living in bondage and the north fought the civil war to free the slaves.

Give me a break, please.

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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I think if we try to figure out which political parties held raciest views we will find both of them did. Being the self centered creatures we are we tend to think higher of ourselves than others and take pride in any group we belong too even if that group is something we had no choice in, like our race or nationality. Racism is alive and well to day and it is evenly distributed through the black, white, Hispanic, and Asian communities.

The best political party to belong to is neither. They are both broken and both full of corruption. They will tell you what you want to here in order to get your vote then they will do what they can to help themselves. Do not believe otherwise or you are fooling yourself. There is one race in America and it is the human race, until everyone agrees upon that we will continue to suffer the spurs of racism.

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MikeSyrSutton 5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

SOBF - Give you a break? You do not need a break, you need a history lesson! The Democrats fought with every bit of their strength to keep slavery legal! The Republicans fought against it!

That is why Frederick Douglass joined the G.O.P.! You are clueless or being misleading on purpose by saying that Douglass couldn't vote! He was a property owner in Rochester N.Y. and any black male owning property valued at $250.00 or more could register to vote. His property was worth more than that and he DID register! Also, because Mr. Douglass wanted to see slavery come to an end, he publicly endorsed Abe Lincoln AND voted for him! Voting was not confidential in those days so why don't YOU check the voting records!

Next, Dr. King was a strong Right to Lifer, and was PRO Civil Rights. Both of those were in complete contradiction to the Dems Platform is his days!

Its too bad that you hide from the truth and twist people's words like you do to me! The truth will either set you free and ruin your day. I am sorry that you choose to be misinformed and miserable! Have a great day, unless you have other plans.

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SOBF 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

Mike SyrSutton - I really hope that you return to finish this conversation because it is one of my favorites. The Republicans never fought against slavery, they ended it to win a war. Even the great Abraham Lincoln offered the south the option to retain their slaves if they surrendered, but they refused. Frederick Douglass sought any allegiance that would secure his goal of freedom for slaves and Lincoln was his best bet. As far as Douglass voting, I could be wrong and it wouldn't be the first.

I sir am a right to lifer and a liberal, being a right to lifer does not qualify one as Republican. King was viewed as a communist but had no, none, nada, affiliation with any political party.

Now, to put you argument to rest we need to blank outlines of the United States. First you need to color red based on votes against the civil rights movement and the fight to maintain slavery the states that were for and against. Your crayon will color blue throughout the south and red in north. Now take that same crayon and color party participation today and you will notice a complete shift in color schemes.

Why, because the North has always been progressive while the south conservative. Simply put, the Republicans that you take credit for were the progressives of their time, making today's Republicans, yesterdays Democrats.

Ask Ronald Reagan, he was a Democrat during the civil rights movement and shifted to the Republican party after civil rights passed.

"Although Southern Democrats were the main opponents to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and previous civil rights legislation, opposition to the Act by so public a Republican figure as Goldwater started the South's slow migration from the Democrats to the GOP"

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ElderYoungMan 5 years ago from Worldwide

"What they won’t mention is that after the Democratic Party signed ‘The Civil Rights Act” into law, most racist democrats left the party of Blue for the party of Red." That's a convenient fact that nobody wants to talk about along with the most obvious....They enforce this racism by hiding behind corporations and the monetary system. Not one republican can deny that the "Free" capital markets require a whole lot of the green stuff that minorities really seem to have a problem getting access to in the quantity necessary to have an impact in business. If that singular fact changed, most of them understand that blacks would own most of this country by now. Most of the "Riots" recorded in the books were primarily deputized white mobs that went into booming black economies to destroy and steal any kind of transferable wealth and it wasn't just greed. Then and only then does Black conservatism make sense. Make me a business loan and I'll show you capitalism! Good hub!

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SOBF 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

ElderYoungMan - You are correct. The conversation about the Republican party starts and ends prior to the Democratic exodus after the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Most people are unaware of the fact that the great Ronald Reagan was a Democrat who shifted parties. Todays Republican party is yesterday's Democratic party.

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ElderYoungMan 5 years ago from Worldwide

I wrote a piece on modern conservatives as more of a debate with a card carrying republican. He didn't like much of what I had to say on it. It staggers me how a lot of folks that pop up and start writing out here have no clue of what's in the history books.

Black Guilt 3 years ago

I think steele is a white man w/ face paint. Peace.

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