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04 September 2012

Democrat Governance has Failed the Black Community

I once heard an actor on a television show say, “All they have to do is, bit by little bit, get themselves on the Boards of Education and city councils. ‘Cause that’s where all the governing that really matters to anybody really happens.”

In short, all the governing that really matters occurs at the local level. And in the black community, most of the governing is done by Democrats.

At the local level in the black community, there is much to be desired as it pertains to Democrat governance.

The schools aren’t that great. In Fulton County, for example, there is an ever-increasing achievement gap between schools in the overwhelmingly Republican northside and the overwhelmingly Democrat southside.

Unemployment is higher in black communities, where Democrats govern, than it is in other places. Case in point, 20 Georgia counties –Bibb, Burke, Calhoun, Clay, Clayton, DeKalb, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Hancock, Jefferson, Macon, Randolph, Richmond, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Terrell, Warren, and Washington– all have black populations exceeding 50% or more. In those twenty counties, unemployment is often higher than either the state or the national rate. And voters in these twenty, majority-black Georgia counties regularly give a majority of their votes to the Democrats.

I could go on and on, but as I said before, all the governing that really matters occurs at the local level and Democrats are not governing well in local black communities.

Republicans, I think, could get a foothold in the black community based on that alone.

I remember reading the history of the Georgia Republican Party. It was authored by former state Senator Eric Johnson. The long and the short of it is that Georgia Republicans spent years organizing at the local level because they had to. There was no primary for the Republican Party to nominate statewide candidates in Georgia, so the Republicans had to build a method which started at the local level and culminated at the state GOP convention.

If Republicans want to increase their support in the black community, they must return to their roots. Republicans have to come back to the local level. Republicans have to come to black communities like College Park and East Point, saying, “You guys have been voting Democrat for years. Are you better off? Are your schools better? Are your taxes low?”

The answer to that question is a firm No.

So give the Republican Party a chance.

That’s the message, and I personally think it’ll work.