Freind: GOP Needs to Embrace MLK, Get Serious About Black Outreach
Conservative columnist Chris Freind has a piece in today’s Philly Post imploring his fellow Republicans to get serious about outreach to the black community.
From the essay:
It’s been ages since the party ran a presidential candidate who could heal the wounds and be a uniter, and 2012 looks to be more of the same.
For evidence, look at what happened during the last campaign. The four GOP frontrunners — McCain, Romney, Thompson and Giuliani — deliberately skipped an important debate on race relations, citing lame excuses for being no-shows.
Truth is, they refused to attend for a simple reason. They looked at how many blacks vote Republican, and, figuring they would get pummeled by the primarily black audience (it was held at historically black Morgan State University), stayed away.
After that act of cowardice, “Freindly Fire” rained fire on those Republicans:
“Any Republican who believes the status quo is acceptable — and a deliberate absence at such an event makes that their position — doesn’t deserve to lead our nation. Running for President should not just be about cozy fund raisers and scripted speeches to friendly audiences. It must be about tackling the most pressing issues, even if it means walking into the lion’s den, standing your ground, and outlining your vision for success.”
“Ironically, many GOP leaders who advocate merit over skin color fail to practice what they preach. Courted for their “blackness,” Michael Steele was chosen to head the Republican National Committee, and Lynn Swann to run for governor of Pennsylvania in 2006. Both men were inherently unqualified for those respective positions, and both were soundly, and embarrassingly, rejected. It is clear the Republicans learned nothing from Dr. King.”