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Reply to "Blacks and the Bill Clinton Democrat party!"

Hello Ebony Rose,

I'm originally from the Texas City area by Galveston. I love Texas and the progressive nature of our people there. I now live in Los Angeles which is okay....but the quality of life does not compare.

Here is a blurb from an article i just read in an Atlanta newspaper:

Since 1964, when Barry Goldwater drew Southern whites with a "states' rights" campaign to block racial integration, the GOP has drawn more and more of its support from the states of the Old Confederacy.

To keep that support, the Republicans have believed it necessary to play the race card, whipping up fears of black crime (Willie Horton), portraying the welfare system as overwhelmingly benefiting blacks (the majority of recipients are actually white), rejecting affirmative action, downplaying the need for diversity and generally ignoring the aspirations of African-Americans. They call that the "Southern strategy."

Progressive Republicans counter suggestions of lingering racism in the GOP by pointing to the diversity of the Bush administration, with prominent black appointees such as Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Assistant Attorney General Larry Thompson. President Bush does deserve credit for raising the bar: He has given blacks more power than any predecessor, Democrat or Republican. (yeah, but none of their appointments have any bearing on domestic issues that affect most of us here in the USA)

But a diverse Bush Cabinet hardly changes the complexion -- or the politics -- of the GOP. Bush's efforts to make his party colorblind have not had much success beyond the Beltway around Washington.

Just look at the Georgia Legislature. Last year, Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat, persuaded the Legislature to end a lingering controversy by endorsing a new state flag. But most members of the Republican minority refused to go along, instead standing by a 1956 flag that prominently featured the Confederate battle insignia. They couldn't resist once again showing their solidarity with whites who remain hostile to black advancement.