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Republicans and African-Americans

During the election campaign, I wrote about GWB and the African-American churches here, arguing that we were witnessing the beginning of a shift away from the Democrats and toward the Republicans. More evidence can be found in this article. According to U.S. Rep. Major Owens (D-N.Y.), this development could spell disaster for the Democrats:

Even if it [African-American support for Republicans] rises 5 percentage points, Owens said, "the Democratic Party will be paralyzed."

Owens said the GOP strategy of courting church leadership was on target. "The churches are the last institutions alive and breathing in some of these neighborhoods, and people look to them for leadership," he said.

He added:

"I am frightened by what is happening," said Rep. Major R. Owens, an 11-term Democratic congressman from New York who has been conferring with colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus. "Our party is in grave danger. This Republican movement is going to expand exponentially unless we do something."

"Doing something" would seem to require actually working with African-American churches, rather than merely exploiting them for political gain during election campaigns and taking seriously the moral concerns raised by black pastors.

In my view, the next two years are crucial. If the Democrats do not get their act together and the Bush Administration does not implode, there could be a substantial exodus from the former to the latter. We live in interesting times.


The website for one of the groups mentioned in the article can be found
here. Another website of interest is here.

Update: Ken Masugi has further thoughts.

Update #2: Here’s the L.A. Times story about the event. According to the reporters, it focused on gay marriage.

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The news actually gets worse for Democrats. Russell Simmons, the hip-hop impresario and well-known liberal activist, visited Maryland the other day and said a bunch of nice things about GOP Gov. Ehrlich and his Lt Gov Mike Steele (America’s highest-ranking black elected official). Simmons had encouraging things to say about the GOP as well, such as:

"Many blacks are very conservative. The natural party for them [is Republican] if things were more equal," he said. "The race issue is becoming less important in this country. It is about economic opportunities. It’s about who will be compassionate and giving when it comes to people who need a helping hand."

Read the whole story at:

http://www.washtimes.com/metro/20050201-122040-8896r.htm

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