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How You Seek My Vote


By Suzi LeVeaux - Posted on 30 June 2011

Written by Tim Valentine

This question and essay is intended for members of the Republican Party, Tea Party and all who support and/or agree with their efforts. I specifically offer this essay as a wake-up call to the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates and those seeking other elected offices as a Republican.

I'm honestly trying to give you a clue, but you seem to pay more attention to my race while you tell me to my face that you do not consider race in your politics. I'm here to say, YOU LIE. Any Democrat who is honest will tell you that the party embraces race and that's why it enjoys such diversity. It's not perfect, but they realize that there's no reason to lie about it.

"He would not bleach his Negro soul in a flood of white Americanism for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world. He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of opportunity closed roughly in his face." - W.E.B. DuBois

On a cold Saturday, February 15, 2007 in Springfield, Illinois, U.S. Senator Barack Obama officially announced his intentions of seeking the office of President of the United States of America. Many people of all races were excited and ambivalent towards his candidacy, but dare not suggest it is because of race, politics of course.

Barack Obama, a man who could not be denied who he is, although some tried, without the acknowledgement of bias, bigotry or racism.

President Obama symbolizes what Dr. W.E.B. DuBois’ words illustrate, because he is both Black and American.

Despite the legitimate arguments that can be made towards the validity and use of this comfortable and socially acceptable assumption given regarding race, I want to just explore this position for the remainder of this essay.

The purpose is to allow the opportunity for everyone, but specifically the Republican Presidential Candidates, their staff, party and supporters to discuss and respond to the inquires presented regarding the role race does play in politics. My hope is that we may receive truthful, sincere and respectable responses as we confront the issues that require a solution or resolution.

Given the recent statement given by your fellow Republican Presidential Candidate, Herman Cain regarding race and I quote, “my candidacy would take race off the table.”

(Source: Slate | http://www.slate.com/id/2296998/)

Mr. Cain’s statement comes in addition to numerous occasions where Republicans are caught making statements that exposes a racial bias, lack of racial socialization and evidence of an implicit bias and unconscious racism towards individuals of the target group. Whether it is the behaviors found in some members of the Tea Party the lack of diverse racial representation within the party or the false teaching of history, facts and reality, race is an issue that anyone interested in running against not only against President Obama, but anyone who is obviously not like you.

Women who seek a political office are faced with a bias towards women from some men. We can all recall the circus of both religious and cultural unconsciousness towards Muslims expressed by your fellow Republican and NY Congressman Peter King as he called a McCarthy-like congressional meeting on the Radicalization of American Muslims.

I can go on for pages listing the incidents, but your silence and inactions along with behaviors and perceptions when it comes to race reveals more of the problem and its future among your contemporary Conservatives and Republicans than it does good for me teaching you about your party’s history on the issue.

The reality for any Republican who seeks the office of President now and forever more is how they address the issue of race, religion and immigration. Former Party Chairman Ken Melhman and its first Black Chairman Michael Steele has to be given credit for at least bringing the issue up within their party, although it was met with opposition and subsequently excluded from discussion.

When we begin to look into the larger window of our society, you must begin to consider those who are economically, culturally and racially marginalized into a voting block. These are the people who often remain politically and socially powerless and segregated for the most part from consideration of many Republican policies and positions. Our sociopolitical customs demanded that they should be treated as a separate and subjugated.

Although Blacks and Women were given the opportunity to taste fragments of freedom decades ago, many were never allowed to experience it in full in various industries and in the upper aspirations of our political society; i.e. the Office of the President.

Elements of unconscious and overt discrimination ran ramped within both political parties during the 2008 Presidential Primaries, but were ultimately won by Republicans by way of their Tea Party, Birthers, Anti-Immigration and Anti-Muslim rhetoric, behavior and displays.

These groups only worsen the opinion and heighten resentments of the minority towards the Republican Party. This is coupled with its already poor representation and concern towards the issues that have been more relevant to many persons within the various minority groups. The unrelenting badgering from a steady flow of conservative media types was dealt its ultimate offense by the hands of FOX News' Glenn Beck as he tried to bastardize a Dream into a Nightmare with his Rally in Washington D.C. on August 28, 2010. Truly a farce on Washington indeed.

When have we ever heard any Republican seeking solutions to the race problems we continue to have in this country? In fact, you can’t even claim that you even come into these various communities often if at all to even offer lip service on the issue.

The various plans for your political salvation are never explored beyond the gated communities.

What have you done to find a way to improve the situation of We the People?

Due to the circumstances at hand and the opportunity for improvements to take place, you have shown us your hand. While one is openly grasping at any type of power, the other is clinched into a fist with only its middle finger extended to We the People, We the Workers, We the American Citizens.

So the question isn't will a particular group support and vote for you, but how you court their interests and support to vote for you? How will you go beyond the party base to recruit those your party has systematically refused to face?

If you want to be President, you will have to be the President for all. How will you do that if you refuse to speak, consider, account or address ANY thing we put forth for your response?

You want to represent America, but you refuse to speak to Americans. That doesn't make sense.

I'm telling you that there's a problem that you really should do something about fixing it before it is really too late. I've observed you for the past few years with more intent of learning how you think, consider and respond. The past three years I have repeatedly knocked at the Conservative door of consideration and I see a few of you peaking out the window, but you won't open the door.

Perhaps you know that I'm one who will ask to speak to your conscious and not its public relations representative or spokesperson. But I'm one of the nice ones. You would rather deal with me than someone who won't give you a chance to get it right, but your time is near its end. It's time for you to speak to us, but what will you say?

How will you court my vote, if I’m not White, I'm not Conservative nor Republican?

I'm apart of a growing and diverse voting block that your party systematically discounts and routinely ignores from its consideration.

  • We are the ones - We The People - some in your party has referred to as The Blacks.
  • We are the ones - We The People - some in your party has referred to as The Muslims.
  • We are the ones - We The People - some in your party has referred to as The Jews.
  • We are the ones, yes, We The People, who some in your party has referred to as The Mexicans or The Latinos, Hispanics and Chicanos; that's us.
  • We are the ones some in your party has referred to as Illegal and called our children Anchor Babies, yes our sons and daughters.
  • We are the ones some in your party has proudly spoken with volume, "We Speak English, Learn It or Leave." No realizing the how gifted a person who can speak more than one language really is.
  • We are the ones some in your party has demonized because of the work we do, not getting a fair wage, reduced or no benefits, but your party can collectively bargin away the American Dream without second thought.

Hate, curse me now if you want to, none will phase me, because I know who I am.

  • We are the ones some in your party has referred to as The Gays and other 'colorful' terms, but claim that you do it in love. Love has no boundaries, except the ones you place on it.
  • We are the same ones who you have pushed out of your own party, because we disapprove of the radicalization, cultural homogenization and staunch inconsiderate conservatism that refuses to consider anything that wasn't instituted by a conservative.

Understand, you are not here alone. This is what I've been trying to explain to you, but many of you refuse to listen.

You did not build this country by yourself. And you do not make up the only definition of what America is. Republicans, do you understand what I'm trying to tell you? We are sick and tired of the disrespect. We are tired of you ignoring, discounting, dismissing and avoiding us. We're here and we're not going anywhere. Although we come from many countries, societies and communities, we are still one. I believe you may call it E Pluribus Unum.

Aren't I American Too?

Many have already turned their back on you, because of your refusal to seriously address a question that is simple.

How will you seek my vote?

Suzi-- there was a former Dem Congressman by the name of Tim Valentine. This him by any chance?

One striking omission here is how the GOP USED to be for racial equality. Easy to forget, especially since we're the party of the Dixiecrat now.

 

No, this is a young black man, who strives to understand the Republican point of view.  Knowing I'm still a registered Republican, and how disillusioned I am with the direction our party has taken, he tags me in most things he writes. 

You're so right about the GOP being the party for racial equality in the past.   Tim is far to young to have experienced that.   It's very upsetting to know there is a whole generation of minorities who have never known that from the Republican party.

Fortunately, the GOP will eventually change back to a more inclusive party. The alternative is to disappear as a functional party.

I have no idea how long this will take, but I am thinking that it will happen within the next 8-10 years. In other words, the GOP not at least trying to recruit minorities; and the only way that can be done is listening to and addressing minorities' concerns; is going to render the party obselete, especially since minorities lumped together will become the majority by sometime in the middle of this current century.  2010 was an abberation, and I think 2012 will show that conclusively. I hope the GOP will learn the correct lessons, and act accordingly. Because a strong two-party system is not a luxury; it is a necessity.

Meh. He makes some good points although he lost me at "gated communities". Most Republicans are average lower- and middle-class Americans. In some ways his screed is almost as divisive as he is trying to make Republicans out to be.

I wish I could explain it better. I know I've tried often here and on FB why Repbulicans think they way they do and how it (usually) has nothing to do with race or religion, but rather with a view on the proper and limited role of government.

But this paragraph is important:

You did not build this country by yourself. And you do not make up the only definition of what America is. Republicans, do you understand what I'm trying to tell you? We are sick and tired of the disrespect. We are tired of you ignoring, discounting, dismissing and avoiding us. We're here and we're not going anywhere. Although we come from many countries, societies and communities, we are still one. I believe you may call it E Pluribus Unum.

And I wish that I could tell more Republicans that because it is true.  We may disagree on the proper role of government but in the end we're all in this together.

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