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Republicans Reach for Black Voters
12/01/2003 06:50 PM EDT


Officials for the National Republican Committee said the Republican Party intends to lure black voters by trumpeting what it considers major "accomplishments" beneficial to blacks during the current Bush administration.

Aware of the overwhelming number of blacks who voted for Democrats during the 2000 presidential elections, Pamela Mantis, deputy press secretary for the Republican National Committee, told that during next year's political races, black voters will be reminded of several education, housing and faith-based initiatives undertaken during the Bush administration. Programs that groom potential black leaders will also play a role in attracting black voters, she said.

Mantis pointed to the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001," a policy issue in which the Republican Party believes it can win because it affects large numbers of black and Hispanic students. With passage of the Act two years ago, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the principal federal law affecting education from kindergarten through high school. The new law is an overhaul of federal efforts to support elementary and secondary education in the United States. It preaches accountability for results; an emphasis on doing what works based on scientific research; expanded parental options; and expanded local control and flexibility.

The RNC also will tout The American Dream Down Payment Act, which will make available $200 million annually for first- time home buyers. As a result, more construction jobs will be created, with estimates placed at 2,500 jobs for every 1,000 homes. The bill has passed in the House of Representatives and is expected to pass in the Senate.

Also aboard the GOP political treadmill will be Bush's White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The Office was created to lead a "determined attack on need" by strengthening and expanding the role of faith-based and community organizations in addressing the nation's social problems. According to the FBCI Web site, "the initiative envisions a faith-friendly public square where faith-based organizations can compete equally with other groups to provide government or privately-funded services."

Mantis said the FBCI also provides the Republican Party access to ministers and that "meetings with pastors are organized on a regular basis."

Other RNC strategies include utilizing radio to tout the GOP. In addition, the RNC's Team Leader program plans to recruit 300 blacks to either assist local politicians or run for office themselves. The Team Leader program seeks to establish and develop a large network of leaders across the country; a large group of grassroots activists to help grow the GOP, advance Republican ideals, and win elections. Once an individual signs up to become a Team Leader, they help fellow Republicans running for office at the local, state and federal level.

Hempstead, N.Y. Mayor James Garner, who said he has been "a proud Republican for 15 years," is a product of the Team Leader program. Garner last week announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the congressional seat held by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. Garner, 58, has been mayor of Long Island's largest village for 15 years.

"We have accomplished a great deal by working together, regardless of political affiliation," Garner said. "Now I'm ready to bring that same type of representation to the residents of central Nassau."

During Reconstruction, all of the blacks who served in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were Republicans, as was Oscar DePriest, the first black representative elected to the U.S. Congress in the 20th Century.

Within the GOP itself, George W. Lee of Memphis, Tenn., played an important role, being elected as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1932 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1948, and 1956.

Other well-known, latter-day black Republicans have included Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the NAACP from 1977 to 1992. Before his NAACP stint, Hooks was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

Recent years have seen more blacks waving the banner of the Republican Party, including two of the most recognizable black faces in politics today: Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, both serving in the Bush Administration.

Despite Powell's and Rice's high-profile positions, blacks overwhelmingly continue to support the Democratic Party. Election 2000 had a record turnout of black voters, with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies stating that blacks voted 9 to 1 for Democratic candidates.

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I am not affiliated/associated with any party, but if Powell was the nominee for the republicans, and if Sharpton or Braun wasn't the nominee for the Dems, (thus no other Blacks in the running), I would vote for Powell.

I don't see Powell as a Clarence Thomas, or Roy Ennis, or that Cali propersition guy. Powell's got WI blood, grew up in the Bronx, he remembers, but he has choosen a path that he believes will get us there. The others really don't see themselves as being Black.

The proof is, what harry belefonta say about powell, actually hurt powell. But such a common would have bounced right off of those other guys. In fact, I think the other guys would be more offended if a White person told them "You're not White!"

As far as Rice is concerned, she is the type to serve well regardless of who she works for (dem, rep, etc.,) but as President I don't have any idea where she would go.

I think the dems need to step up with more Black faces representing the party in high places.


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I really don't see much of a difference as to the plight of Africans-in-America no matter which party one votes. One will give two steps forward; the other will reverse the situation and give 150 steps backward. Nothing really changes that much for the African-in-America that I can see. Both parties arms are too short to box with God.

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Originally posted by KEYNOTE:

Is this the same Colin Powell who has attempted to undermine South African apartheid reparations?

WELCOME Keynote!! C'mon now though. You've got to elaborate just a bit more on what you're talking about. brosmile

BTW - have any of you felt the impact of any of the Republican efforts that have been so positive for us? Confused

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I haven't seen anything in particular that republicans have did that benefits blacks or economically disadvanted people of any persuasion in this country. Republicans have a habit of claiming to do things that benefit all Americans, when at a close look, there is always a catch to it or it is the very people that need/should benefit who are really the only ones paying for it. All I have seen republicans do since the Reagan years is play the race card, --however subliminally, or within racist code words they think we are to ignorant or stupid to figure out.
I am not impressed with the democrats either, all I see from them is their being too careful to step on certain toes and not doing enough to galvanise the vote. I know that all republicans are not and do not have the same agenda as the Newts and Pats, but they are willing to lie down with the most racist, hate mongoring Americans to win or push their agenda without regard to the people hurt by the agenda's of America's extremist, etc.
WELCOME Keynote!! C'mon now though. You've got to elaborate just a bit more on what you're talking about.
Thanks for the greeting MBM. I've provided some info on Powell. There is much more info available on this administrations underhanded involvement with apartheid lawsuits. Nobody should be surprised since it was Dick Cheney who voted not to impose sanctions on the apartheid regime and vehemently fought to keep Nelson Mandela in prison.

And to answer your second question, no, I haven't felt, seen or expected see an impact by this administration - which their futile efforts is nothing more than a cosmetic facade.

By Donwald Pressly

South African Justice Minister Penuell Maduna was instructed by the US government to oppose lawsuits brought in the US against multi-national corporations which allegedly benefited from apartheid, lawyer Michael Hausfeld has alleged.

Professor Hausfeld told the Cape Town Press Club he had been told by Khulumani victims who attended a reparations meeting last month that Maduna had been given the instruction by US Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Noting that the South African government had advised the court in New York (where the case has been brought by the victims of apartheid) that it believed that any action by the court was an interference in the sovereignty of South Africa, Hausfeld said he had learnt at a recent reparations meeting that Maduna had been asked whether his opposition to the lawsuits was the idea of the South African government.

Hausfeld said: "He said no, he (Maduna) was instructed to write the letter by the American government. He even said he was instructed to write the letter by Colin Powell".

But spokesman for the Justice Ministry in South Africa, Kaizer Kganyago, said the minister had said nothing of the sort.

Confirming that there had been a meeting with victims of apartheid in Randburg in August, he said that it was normal procedure for the foreign affairs departments of the two countries to act as a channel of communication between the two countries.

He said the matter had been the subject of discussion in parliament in April when President Thabo Mbeki noted the South African government opposition to the action. The government position remained that it interfered with the sovereignty of South Africa, he said.

The South African government has argued all along that the country had taken steps through its truth and reconciliation process to deal with apartheid reparations.

Kganyago said Maduna had instead - at the reparations meeting - offered to carry out mediation if victims were prepared to take a route other than the class action lawsuits.

The Jubilee and Khulumani "complaint" - to the New York Eastern District Court - names seven banks and thirteen international corporations from Germany, Britain, the US, the Netherlands and France.

He said Khulumani had received a letter from the South African presidency in June "which acknowledged and complimented Khulumani" in what it was doing in responding to the needs of victims it was serving.

Hausfeld said further: "It (the letter) also said it did not oppose individual lawsuits against companies outside of the United States. The position of the South African government was that it just resisted those lawsuits that sought to represent themselves as being the Republic of South Africa or attempting to speak on behalf of all victims of apartheid".
Thanks for the info, Keynote and again welcome to the board. If possible could you provide a link to this article. I like to research other sites who post articles such as the one you posted above.
I think that there is a reason that only a few black americans came out to vote in 2000. It was voter disgust, distrust and plain old frustration. I don't think that in the upcoming presidential year we will come out to vote Republican, as a matter of fact I think more blacks are inclined to vote Democrat because of the outrageousness of the Bush administration's actions during the last couple of years. The Ronald Regan(ref. Iranian hostage situation) affect is definitely back-fired on the president.

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
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