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24 May 2012

Black Republicans Win in White Districts, But Black Dems Only Win in Black Districts

Look at these names:

Black Republicans, quite to the contrary, are more likely to move up the political ladder. Georgia is more likely to elect a black Republican governor before it elects a black Democrat governor.


Melvin Everson. Tim Scott. Willie Talton. Allen West.

These are the names of current or former lawmakers who share the distinction of being both black and Republican.

These four lawmakers are trailblazers. These four lawmakers stayed true to their conservative principles, stood for election and won as black conservative Republicans in majority white districts.

Another black conservative Republican, Mia Love of Utah, is the GOP nominee for Congress from Utah's 4th district. Mia Love is well-positioned to make history as the first black female Republican elected to Congress. Mia Love is a black conservative Republican running in a majority white district.

All over America, black Republicans are running and winning elections in majority white districts, despite the claims made by Democrats that white Republican voters are racist.

Contrast that to the Democratic Party.

There isn't a black Democrat in Georgia today who represents a district that is not majority minority. Black Democrats only represent majority black districts in the state legislature. Not one black Democrat represents a majority white district. It's almost as if the Democratic Party has adopted an invisible rule that says only blacks can represent blacks and only whites can represent whites.

Jamelle Bouie, writing for the liberal-leaning publication The American Prospect, declared that "the more black Republican mayors and representatives white districts elect, the bigger the bench of black candidates who can win higher office will be" [Bouie, Jamelle (2012-3-15). What About Black Republicans?. The American Prospect. Retrieved on 2012-5-24.].

"This has huge implications for the ability of black Republicans to advance up the political ladder," Bouie writes. "Because of their demographic majority, white voters tend to be closer to the political center in most states. For that reason, a black representative of white voters is more 'mainstream' than most representatives of black voters."

As Democrats, blacks are stuck. Black Democrats likely never will hold any higher office than the one they currently hold.

Black Republicans, quite to the contrary, are more likely to move up the political ladder. Georgia is more likely to elect a black Republican governor before it elects a black Democrat governor.

And the Democrats know it to be true.