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11 April 2013

Fulton County Republicans Start Initiative to Demonstrate Unwavering Support for Historic Black Colleges & Universities

The past few months here on Georgia Politics Unfiltered, you might have noticed an increase in posts explaining the differences between the Republican and Democrat parties, as well as more clearly defined reasons why conservative Republican values are a better fit for the black community.

As I noted last week, a year before his death, Malcolm X declared, "The government itself has failed us. And the white liberals who have been posing as our friends have failed us. And once we see that all of these other sources to which we’ve turned have failed, we stop turning to them and turn to ourselves. We need a self-help program, a do-it-yourself philosophy, a do-it-right-now philosophy, a it’s-already-too-late philosophy.

"The economic philosophy of black nationalism shows our people the importance of setting up these little stores, and developing them and expanding them into larger operations," Malcolm X told an audience in 1964. "Woolworth didn’t start out big like they are today; they started out with a dime store, and expanded, and expanded, and expanded until today they are all over the country and all over the world and they getting some of everybody’s money."

I want to be clear though. What Malcolm was talking about, over forty-five years ago, is not just black nationalism. It's Americanism. It is the American dream; the dream that anyone --regardless of who their parents were or the financial status of their family-- can start a business, build a business, become successful and pass that success on to the next generation. That is the story of America; the ownership society, and that is something conservative Republicans strongly believe in.

I was fortunate enough to participate in the listening sessions organized by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to discuss how the GOP might get back on the winning path.

The message from these listening sessions is quite simple. The GOP has the right message. We just do a piss-poor job communicating it to the people.

Conservative Republicans can no longer afford to allow Democrats define who Republicans are and the values Republicans support, or the GOP will keep losing. Conservative Republicans must communicate directly who they are and what they believe in. The Fulton County Republican Party is doing just that with a new initiative called the Historic Black Colleges & University Campus Impact Initiative.

The purpose of the initiative is really simple. The Fulton County GOP Historic Black Colleges & University Campus Impact Initiative is designed to perpetuate the Republican values of limited government, respect for the Constitution, respect for life, and promote free market capitalism across HBCU campuses. In other words, Fulton County Republicans are boldly declaring that they intend to communicate their message on the campuses of the many historic black colleges and universities located in Atlanta.

And they're putting some skin in the game. The Fulton County Republican Party has set up an account specifically to fund this initiative. They're asking their donors to kick in some cash. After all, talk is cheap unless it's backed up with some money.