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Was President Obama’s Use of N-Word Appropriate?

In Video on August 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Was President Obama’s use of the “N-word” timely or inappropriate for an American president? Lenny McAllister debates this on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

TORONTO (June 22, 2015) – (Courtesy CBC) Political analysts Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on PCNC and “The Lenny McAllister Show” on Newsradio 1020 KDKA) and Sam Fullwood (Center For American Progress) debate President Obama’s use of the N-word during these 2 segments with Carole McNeil on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC).

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McAllister and GTTP Panel Talks Workforce Diversity (March 27 2015)

In Video on April 21, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Pittsburgh Workforce DiversityPITTSBURGH (March 27, 2015): Lenny McAllister and the “Get To The Point Panel” discuss the latest findings concerning Pittsburgh’s lack of workforce diversity (racking last among 15 benchmark cities) during this segment from the March 27’s version of “NightTalk: Get To the Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel. Included on the GTTP Panel this week are Bill Flanagan (Allegheny Conference), Melanie Harrington (Vibrant Pittsburgh), and Doug Heuck (Pittsburgh Today).

 

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WATCH: McAllister and Panelists Discuss Income Inequality in Pittsburgh on PCNC

In Video on January 26, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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Political commentator Lenny McAllister and panelists the Rev. Ted Kerr (l), Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman, and Melanie Harrington discuss income inequality and “prosperity across diversity” on “NightTalk: Get to the Point”

PITTSBURGH  (January 24, 2014) – (Courtesy PCNC – Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

Political commentator Lenny McAllister guest-hosts this episode of “NightTalk: Get to the Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel with panelists Melanie Harrington of Vibrant Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman, and the Rev. Ted Kerr of the Pittsburgh Experiment

 

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WATCH: McAllister Talks Next Steps for Diversity, Success for GOP on AJAm

In Video on November 5, 2013 at 7:14 am
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.@Lennymcallister: Republicans must be able to articulate across diversity (not of just color or gender) but across conservative principles.

PITTSBURGH / WASHINGTON, DC (November 4, 2013) – (Courtesy Al Jazeera America)

“We have to be able to…as Republicans…articulate a conservative message across diversity. Not just diversity across color and gender, but diversity of conservative thought (as well).…”

Political strategist and former Republican congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (www.LennyMcAllister.com) talks with Joie Chen about the latest diversity efforts and philosophical battles within the Republican Party on “America Tonight” on Al Jazeera America.

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GOP Lack of Diversity Led to Government Shutdown?

In Articles on October 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm
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“My party’s inability over the past few years to show a diversity of perspectives…within the confines of true conservatism has limited Republicans…when taking on legislative battles.”

NEW YORK CITY (October 3, 2013) –  Lenny McAllister (the “Working Man’s Conservative”), Republican strategist and pundit, and former congressional candidate, posts his first article on Global Grind after renewing the partnership he had with the publication from 2008-2010.

His post, “GOP Lack of Diversity Strikes Again with Obamacare Shutdown” is featured on the hip hop website founded by mogul Russell Simmons and run by activist Michael Skolnik.

“The diversity that the Republican Party needs – both for its own sake as well as for a better political dynamic that benefits the American people – is a diversity that incorporates diversity of color and diversity of thought, both captured within the philosophical parameters that allowed Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Edward Brooke, and Jack Kemp to share the same party allegiance,” McAllister states in the article. “Conservatism based on the freedom afforded by the Constitution must go back to freeing us to create the solutions…that benefit all Americans, not just satisfy ones living in red states or Republican-leaning districts. Even if Democrats never do this, Republicans must do so immediately…”

Read the whole article “GOP Lack of Diversity Strikes Again with Obamacare Shutdown” on the Global Grind website.  Also catch the October 3 version of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” by clicking the hyperlink HERE. Hear “The McAllister Minute” on the American Urban Radio Network, as the nationally-syndicated commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.

Loud Enough, But Listening Is Required before Leadership is Earned

In Articles on March 15, 2013 at 9:36 am
The conservative voice of the 21st century has been heard in all four corners of the nation, but until there is more listening involved in the process, we won’t earn the privilege to lead.

The conservative voice of the 21st century has been heard in all four corners of the nation, but until there is more listening involved in the process, we won’t earn the privilege to lead.

CHICAGO (March 15, 2013) — CPAC 2013 is upon us and the time is ripe – again – for conservatives to gather, be heard, and extol the values that we believe made this nation great for decades. It serves as another opportunity for us to show the nation – and perhaps, even ourselves – that if we present our views in a united voice, our message will be heard across the nation,  particularly by new section of voters that we need in order to win elections. Generally speaking, it is our hope that, in time, will win more Americans over to support our political viewpoints and organizations.

 

For years now, we have felt that it is a matter of making sure that we have our conservative message and values heard. “If only the American people could hear our message – if only the mainstream media would give us a chance to articulate our views fairly or if only minority communities gave us a chance to talk to them without emotional obstacles,” we often say, “then we would be able to win more elections and subsequently turn around the woes of our countrymen.” Just the same, we continue to say and hear that “…if only we had a chance to re-package our message – present it in a way that looked more familiar to 21st century voters and non-traditional supporters – our problems would be solved for both the Republican Party and the larger conservative movement…”

 

In essence, we believe that if only we had the chance to be heard, we would seize the opportunity the opportunity to win.

 

However, that is not quite the same as seizing the opportunity to lead.

 

Sadly, we have yet to truly learn as conservatives in 21st century America: leadership is not a function of volume – it is a privilege based on relationships, perceived value, and trust.

 

America hears us loud and clear. Right now, though, they don’t like us, trust us, nor have true relationships with us based on what they’re hearing from us. They do not see us as one of them and, quite honestly, we have done a great job as activists pointing out our differences so that we are not seen as “one of them”. We don’t like each other anymore as Americans. We don’t value our differences anymore as Americans, yet we are working to lead a country full of different lifestyles, perspectives, topographies, and family backgrounds.

 

That works for mere activism. For leadership – something we need in America – that won’t suffice. Leadership is the ability to always be “one of them”, especially during the rough times when our genuine differences are highlighted during those crossroads moments in our history.

 

If we cannot relate to more Americans, are unable to connect to more Americans, and fail to dialogue with more Americans in a true listening relationship, how do we expect to turn around the current construct of politics? How do we expect to be anything more than activists? After all, the current construct of politics views conservatives mostly out-of-touch, hateful isolationists incapable of inspiring much more than their already-assembled cast of characters. Our conservative values are largely seen as thinly-veiled policies that aid the rich and disparage 47% of Americans. Again, that works for activism and lobbying a viewpoint. That may even win elections from time to time. However, that is not enough for leadership.

 

Until those realities change, we will pursue electoral opportunities to lead but we will continue to fall short in our quest to be leaders. We cannot continue to fail at the task of building new relationships, fostering new trust, and presenting ongoing value to the current and future voters in America. Our voices must inspire American voters to hear us and subsequently listen to us, then follow us – and we must do so while maintaining our conservative values and embracing the dynamic of debate that makes democracy great.

 

We desperately want to be heard – and we clearly have been. However, leadership – something we desperately need in America – is a dynamic of listening, particularly at a time when mistrust runs rampant, hope has changed to apathy, and the current political tone (from us and our political adversaries on the left) has made many in America tone deaf to new ideas and a new vision for a better nation. Only through that dynamic can we forge new solutions that are pliant enough to fit across our diversity yet consistent enough to protect and uphold the American Dream.

 

During our fight to be heard in the political banter in ever-changing news cycles, we have forgotten as conservatives that we are fighting to lead a diverse nation full of ever-changing communities. It’s not just about winning elections. It’s truly about winning back the future, a future that includes increased prosperity, safety, and hopeful opportunities to pursue happiness for all Americans. Winning arguments and elections only change the players of the game. Winning the trust of the American people and, thus, the mantle of leadership through relationships where we are listened to and trusted – earning that actually changes the actual political game itself.

 

Activism is fun. Leadership is the job that we have ignored during the process of increasing our collective conservative voice.

 

Our response to the shifting demographics in our cities and throughout many states over the past 20 years has been to increase the volume of our rhetoric and the ferocity of our discontent. Our voice has rung through yet our message has not resonated. As a result, we are renowned within the political discourse but for mixed reasons. Instead of leading new segments of Americans, we have often only gathered up those reacting to the divisiveness that we encountered during the Obama-Pelosi-Reid reign in Washington since 2009. Instead of activating Americans without jobs and losing hope, we have often repulsed those that are looking for true alternatives from considering us as political partners. After years of disappointment following the false promise of post-partisanship and togetherness offered by candidate Obama in 2008, we have lost ground despite our increased activism.

 

And the reason why is simple: activism – regardless of how loud, passionate, and well-funded it may be – is not leadership. Generally speaking, where activism points out problems with vehemence, leadership offers vision with poise.

 

Just as many disillusioned Americans have learned since November 2008, when a movement offers one thing in words but presents more of the status quo in tone and actions, that movement becomes part of the ongoing problem. President Obama gave up the opportunity to be remembered universally for historic leadership in the White House once he caved into the loud cries from his activist base (e.g., partisanship) to take advantage of historic numbers in Congress. Like President Obama, we conservatives have forgotten that we have an obligation to our ancestors and descendents to lead a diverse America, not merely elevate our tone and rhetoric to win the decibel challenge of the day.

 

We have been successful at pointing out the woes faced as a result of out-of-control deficit spending. We have displayed rightful anger at the selfishness of many bureaucrats and elected officials as they continue to ask with their heads in the sand, not their eyes on the prize. There is value in that. Yet, activism ends there. By continuing to focus on volume while ignoring the need to connect more Americans to a better vision, we are still not an option to the growing segments of America that are frustrated with political status quo but see no other alternative to it.  We still cannot enact new policies to bring a better vision for America. We still cannot employ ground-breaking change in dying urban communities or faltering job sectors. We can only illuminate problems; we cannot implement solutions. Despite the growing voices, we still are not leading.

 

Elevated volumes are indicative of activism. Vision that elevates a people is indicative of leadership. We have been heard. It is not time for listening – listening to the diversity of America where they are now so that they can listen to – and believe in – our positions to improve our collective lot as a people.

 

Listening – both active listening as conservatives and effective communication to get others to truly listen to us – is part of the vision-making process necessary to implement effective, historic leadership, especially during these traumatic times. If we are not proverbially and literally in areas where decades-long barriers can be broken down immediately, we are not functionally attuned to the void many face within our borders today. If we are ok with this as conservatives – if we believe that merely gathering the conservative troops is enough to win the political battles we face – then we are at a point where conservatives must ask the honest question, one that could be answered and shaped this weekend: are we content with being the activists pushing the American system of government, or are we truly striving to be the leaders to improve government for the sake of representing, empowering, and guiding this increasing-diverse nation?

 

Leadership involves guiding and working with a nation full of communities that constantly vary based on the aspects of diversity that have made America the melting pot of the world for centuries. If we are no longer willing to get to know the ingredients that make up today’s melting pot in a tangible way (even when we fundamentally disagree), how can we ever expect to offer the recipe for success in 21st century America, a nation wrought with complex economic, social, and political conundrums?

 

We must listen more, engage more, and lead more. It is time to open our hands, open our ears, and open the door to winning back America. As leaders, our conservatism and subsequent policies must work towards the advancement of the American Dream throughout the diversity of our nation’s communities, including for those that are not conservatives. Freedom, justice, and the pursuit of happiness cannot be only afforded for conservatives through conservative means; they must be available for all Americans through our conservative principles.

 

Therefore, giving up our principles in the process of engaging our nation’s ever-changing diversity should not occur. With a firm understanding of American conservative and the American people (not just conservative history), we should be able to maintain our conservative viewpoints during the discourse of leadership. We do not have to change our values, but we do need to change the belief that the loudest, angriest, or meanest arguments or politicos are the ones that will win the day for conservative values during contested elections and debates. Our passion has not been enough. Our anger at the dysfunction of government has not been enough. Therefore, we have to show that we love this nation – and even our diversity across the land – more than we hate the current state of affairs. At some point, we will have to show that we love America enough to embrace our political adversaries during the process of correcting the wayward course of our nation, many of their perspectives, and most of our collective interactions. This is what Reagan did. This is what Lincoln did. Both did it with resiliency and affability. This is what Obama was supposed to do. This is what must be done now by us conservatives.

 

We claim Republicans from President Lincoln to Dr. Martin Luther King without embracing one of the essential elements that made them great: loving our countrymen past their political, social, and civic flaws during the process of reuniting a hurting, scared, and weary nation. Starting now, the passion – and perhaps even the anger – of our activism as conservatives must grow into a loving zeal for leadership. That is the only way to build a bridge for new voters and disillusioned Americans to walk in order to follow us during policy-making processes and at election time.

 

America is not at a point any longer where loud activism that reflects more anger than optimism is going to be enough to change the course of mediocrity, joblessness, urban jeopardy, and national bankruptcy that we are on right now. We have an obligation to do more. We will see – and hear of – conservative activism and rhetoric over the coming days and months. However, now is not the time to merely be active or loud. It is time to lead and inspire. It is time to lead in an inviting manner that has the strength of conviction and the smile of reassuring composure in ways that comfort a nervous nation. It is time to lead the fullness of America – not just red-state America – as we reclaim American Exceptionalism. It is time to stop worrying about being heard. It’s time to finally be listened to by more Americans, which – if we are focused correctly – will give us the opportunity to lead a fractured nation sorely in need of leadership, not just activate our base.

Lenny McAllister is a nationally-renowned conservative political commentator and former congressional candidate for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District.

WATCH: Lenny McAllister and Richard Socarides Discuss Post-2012 GOP on CNN’s “Early Start”

In Video on November 9, 2012 at 4:26 am

“In 2010, we ended up seeing a lot more diversity from the Republican Party in regards to the candidates and people actually winning elections, both Latinos and African-Americans.” McAllister says. “I would like to see the same exact thing in 2013 moving forward, but this time not have it just be a trend; have it be an actual movement. That’s something that the Republican Party needs to do if we’re going to lead a diverse America in the 21st century.”

 

WASHINGTON (November 8, 2012) – (*Courtesy of CNN) The political path forward for GOP: Is more inclusive leadership possible? Lenny McAllister and Richard Socarides discuss it on CNN’s “Early Start”.

McAllister feels the Republican Party needs “more inclusive leadership” and “more visionary leadership.”

“In 2010, we ended up seeing a lot more diversity from the Republican Party in regards to the candidates and people actually winning elections, both Latinos and African Americans.” McAllister says. “I would like to see the same exact thing in 2013 moving forward, but this time not have it just be a trend, have it be an actual movement. That’s something that the Republican Party needs to do if we’re going to lead a diverse America in the 21st century.”

 

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Happy Days vs Training Day

In Articles on August 25, 2012 at 11:18 am

As long as the GOP’s views and approaches to 21st century America harken back to imagined nostalgia of the 1950s, they will continue to trip up on political gaffes and positions that underestimate the social and civic issues of today’s diverse and complex nation.

The ongoing storm swirling around the GOP and Congressman Todd Akin may be focused on rape and abortion, but they center on an ever-growing cultural divide between their life experiences and much of modern-day America’s.

 

If life in America today could be more like it was for the Cunninghams and their friends on Happy Days, the Republican Party would find that several high-profile political races over the past couple of years would have been easier to win, including the now-tumultuous US Senate race in Missouri. The issues of campaigning, messaging, and connecting with voters that some within the GOP continue to have as a result of the emerging Republican brand would be resolved as quickly as the Fonz could knock on the ol’ jukebox and change an ill-sounding tune.

 
Unfortunately for many Republicans, American life outside of most politically-gerrymandered constituencies – and, more often than not, outside of their circle of experiences – is increasingly becoming a lot less like those fictional days of the iconic sitcom that depicted White America’s youth of the 1950s. Instead, our nation has become more like the complex society mixing race, corruption, crime, and circumstance that Denzel Washington portrayed in an Academy Award-winning performance. As a result, more Republicans find many of their good ideas lost in the myriad of firestorms that come from a dearth of cultural and life experiences.

Congressman Todd Akin’s statement on legitimate rape is at the center of a firestorm that threatens to whittle away the opportunity for the GOP to win a vulnerable US Senate seat in the fall. However, the controversy and its genuine outrage from both sides of the aisle may finally lead the Republican Party to take a real look at how (or if ) it views and embraces the complexity of modern-day America.

It is an oft-repeated statement, but one that continues to resound loudly in each sound wave of blow-back that Republicans face whenever a situation like the Akin matter comes to the forefront: Republicans would have less problems on the campaign trail and in vote tallies if they have more diversity in their ranks.

 

What if – like me – one of his best friends from his days as a student was the victim of a rape by a boyfriend? Would Mr. Akin have been more inclined to disregard the notion of “legitimate rape” versus some sort of illegitimate rape, as if a woman’s granted permission to enter a relationship with a man is grounds for entering her body whenever that man deems prudent? What if – like me and others that do not come from the ongoing Happy Days meme of America – Mr. Akin watched this friend carry the baby to term out of love for an innocent child and her belief for pro-life stances (since her body did not effectively “shut that whole thing down”), only to be castigated as a whore – often by church-going Americans – for having the child? What if Mr. Akin – and many Republicans – interacted more at the grassroots level on issues such as domestic violence in order to get a better understanding of the complexities and challenges that women face going through rape? Even as a pro-life Christian conservative (which I am proudly), Mr. Akin would have been able to find the God-given senses of wisdom and compassion to articulate his position more effectively. He might have also proven to be a leader that could address such situations with his faith uncompromised and his proficiency as a positive difference-maker heightened. Instead, his deficiency in being a well-rounded social conservative weakened his influence as both a tenured politician and a well-intended Christian.

 
Yet, this is not a problem that is capsulated in the Akin candidacy, a political misstep that now prompts conservatives to ask for his resignation from the Senate race. It is merely a symptom to a problem that reaches most corners of the conservative political movement of today.

 

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The Courage to Compete with Free Market Principles Leads to Change for the Better

In Speeches on August 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

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“Free-market principles understand optimizing capital, including human capital. Free-market principles understand that a just competition of an individual against one’s self strengthens that individual and makes him better. Those principles purport that a just competition between two or more individuals strengthen both the parties involved and their communities as well.

But when a culture permeates fear to compete – when future scientists are no longer pushed in urban middle schools to outpace their previous academic performances and when businesses are no longer enabled to become leaner and meaner as corporate citizens and job providers – the seeds of free-market principles have no soil to take root. To win arguments as free-market thinkers in the general assemblies and in the halls of Congress…we must take on policy issues with a focus on the rudimentary cause of our situation today.

Our belief in the benefits of competition through applying free-market principles in education and economics will bolster the languishing understanding for the need of re-inspired capitalism in today’s America as well. That system – an engine that has created the greatest amount of socioeconomic advancement in history – has been faltering without our active leadership to articulate its merits to all zip codes and neighborhoods. And it will continue to falter as long as we allow the rudimentary issue – a climate in America that inhibits competition and demonizes capitalism to the masses – to create the rules through which we impact our world politically.

We know free market principles create wealth and economic sustainability for Americans of all backgrounds when correctly understood and applied. Now, we must also address the cultural mood of this nation with our zeal for just competition. We must now apply it to the marketplace of the American mindset to robustly implement our beliefs for the sake of improving our nation. We must take advantage of this historically detrimental economy to bring our principles to new audiences and overcome all obstacles separating us from various voting blocs and challenge areas.

If we take on this challenge, we can win more elections and – more importantly – we can win back more impoverished areas and failing schools…we can win back neighborhoods plighted with violence and reclaim more Americans back into the fold as contributing citizens.

Those opportunities are there. Policy wonks, numbers-crunchers, and one-issue wonders: there are plenty of new audiences now waiting for your patriotic advocacy to change their lives for the better – even in the most unsuspecting of places.

As some of you may know, I was based in Chicago over the past 2 years due to my radio show, “Launching Chicago with Lenny McAllister.” What you may not have known is that examples of our free market principles in action sometimes come about in the bastions of liberalism.

For example, Black leaders on the south side of the Windy City…are promoting initiatives that encourage Chicago South-Siders to circulate their consumer resources around more times before the money leaves their neighborhoods. They are promoting initiatives that, by keeping this money in their communities a little longer, strengthen their purchasing power, force businesses to compete harder for market share and corporate partnerships, and make the communities more viable as equal partners in Chicago’s overall economy.

Empowerment through economic competition and thoughtfulness. Revitalization through economic Darwinism within a marketplace. Prosperity expansion through creating wealth. This may be part of the Black agenda within Chicago but it fits into the scope of the free market principles that we purport for the advancement of the American people, not just Black people.

This example is one of many that show that, simply, our principles are above race and religion. They are American. They are timeless. And, when applied – they work.

Yet, in a culture that fears competition and fails to optimize our capitalistic message and meaning, our fight is more than just with policy positions. In the American society of today where bad-mouthing of our values – values that have empowered the poor around the world like never before in history – cannot be overcome because our focus is too much on articulating bullet points within our conservative movement, not foundational flaws that are uprooting the American Way of Life, we must change our perspective on what is truly going on in America.”

 

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Republicans: A Historial Friend of Black America, A Needed Ally in Today’s Diverse America

In Speeches on July 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

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But as we know from the story of Joseph in the Old Testament and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. –you can attack the Dreamer, but you cannot destroy the Dream.

Such was the case of the Republican vision for America after Lincoln.

For the next one hundred years, Republicans stood against those that sought to destroy both dreamers and their dreams. They fought in the annuals of governments and with the conscience of our nation to advance equality for all Americans. In fact, the diversity we enjoy today stems from the adversity they overcame.

A Republican-led Congress passed the 13th Amendment to outlaw slavery. Republicans passed a Civil Rights Act in 1866 recognizing blacks as U.S. citizens. Republicans continued their march for equality, proposing the 14th Amendment, which became part of the Constitution in 1868.

Republicans also led the fight for women’s rights. Women’s suffragists Susan B. Anthony and NAACP co-founders Ida B. Wells and Mary Terrell all displayed loyalty to the Republican Party due to our historic commitment to equality.

Senator Aaron Sargent, a Republican from California, wrote the women’s suffrage amendment. Unfortunately, it was delayed from being passed into law for 40 years. It took a time when Republicans had control of both houses of Congress before women’s voting rights could be secured by law.

The age of women’s suffrage brought about a new era of women’s representation in government. The first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives was Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana. The first woman mayor in America, Republican Bertha Landes, was elected in 1926.

More generations of women civic leaders came afterwards, from Governors Jodi Rell of Connecticut and Jan Brewer of Arizona to US Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas.

Of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the second consecutive African-American Republican to serve as secretary of state this decade.

Secretaries of State Rice and Powell do not represent all of the African-American Republican political leaders that we share in our common history. In fact, every African-American member of Congress until 1935 was a Republican.

Among these Republican pioneers was South Carolina’s Joseph Rainey, the first Black member of the House of Representatives. Republican Hiram Revels of Mississippi entered the Halls of Congress with Rainey as the first Black United States Senator. In 1872, Republican Pinckney Pinchback of Louisiana became the nation’s first African-American Governor, an accomplishment only matched by the Democrats over 100 years later.

From Republican Congressmen Oscar Stanton de Priest of Illinois and JC Watts of Oklahoma to Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, we have stood proudly for diversity: in government as African-Americans and as Republicans in modern-day Black America.

For 100 years, Republicans stood up for what was right even when it was wrongly opposed.

Starting in 1875, Republicans enacted laws to expand federally-protected rights to include equal access to all public accommodations. The Supreme Court struck down their efforts eight years later, only to have these efforts resurface as a critical foundation for the 1964 Civil Rights Act down the road.

America remembered that you can attack the Dreamer, but you cannot destroy the Dream.

It is important for Republicans to say that we are sorry for not engaging minorities appropriately, but it is more important for Republicans to show that we are sorry through initiating efforts that display our willingness to partner with Black America.  As well, it is important for Black America to hear these apologies from the Republican Party, but it is more important for Black America to remove the typecasting and other barriers that prevent us from continuing the historical partnership that brought America so much progress. I come…extending the hand of the GOP for a new era of partnership. I hope that it is time that we join hands and join forces and together, we continue building The Dream. For as a people, we must debate political and social solutions with open minds, loving hearts, and common goals, goals that further the promise of The Dream.”

 

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