Cultivating the Black vote, GOP’s ‘reverse Southern Strategy’

Raynard Jackson | 7/7/2014, 1:19 p.m.
Last week’s election results infuriated me and not for the reasons you might suspect. My anger has less to do ...
Raynard Jackson

Normally, I blast the Republican Party for doing the right thing even if it’s the wrong way (Rand Paul’s visit to Howard University); but in this case, they did the wrong thing the right way. The Cochran campaign has spent more time and spent more money with Black Democrats than they have with Black Republicans. Go figure.

Over the years, I have had heated discussions with conservative and tea party members of the Republican Party over the issue of race. I have been told that sometimes I can be “hyper-sensitive” on the issue of race; I am “overreacting;” or “we just have a different view on this issue than you.” Really?

Some unknown group created a robo-call targeting Black voters that said in part, “Hello neighbors. It’s time to take a stand against the tea party. The time has come to say no to the tea party. No to their obstruction, no to their disrespectful treatment of the first African American president … If we do nothing, tea party candidate Chris McDaniel wins and causes even more problems for President Obama …” Both campaigns deny any involvement in the making and distribution of the recorded call.

The McDaniel campaign and the tea party are furious about the robo-call. Now that you have experienced the race card being played against you, maybe, just maybe, you will be more understanding of my views the next time we have a discussion about race.

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates LLC. He can be reached through http://www.raynardjackson.com.