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The Republican Party & the Journey Blackwards! Regaining The Black Vote

The Republican Party & the Journey Blackwards! Regaining The Black Vote

Автором Tim Westley

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The Republican Party & the Journey Blackwards! Regaining The Black Vote

Автором Tim Westley

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172 pages
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Aug 23, 2020
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9781005718794
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This text provides a brief, yet detailed overview of the origins of the Republican Party and more specifically, the historical connections with black people. It highlights over 100 years of history as to how the Republican Party was the home for black people and how it played a critical role politically, socially, economically, etc. for black people.
Further, this text shows, how the Republican Party went from being stalwarts for black people for over 100 years to being hated and rejected by many blacks today! It articulates how most black people throughout the United States found their initial footing in politics through the Republican Party.
Ultimately, it shows where the Republican Party started with black people, where they are at currently, and what it will take to get back to where they want to be.... in good favor. It highlights how the Democrat Party maneuvered the black vote from the Republican Party and what it will take to regain the black vote today for the latter.

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The Republican Party & the Journey Blackwards! Regaining The Black Vote - Tim Westley

FOREWORD

I am always amazed at those who tend to believe that conservatism in the Black community is something new. These are the individuals who have obviously not studied the fundamental history of the American black community. And when one does, they will find some very interesting facts about the political foundation of the black community in America.

In my office, there is a lithograph portrait of the first black Members of the US Congress and Senate. There was a book written by them called Capitol Men. The hidden fact is that the members of the first Congressional Black Caucus were all Republicans. It was my honor to follow in the footsteps of one of those trailblazers, Florida's Congressman Josiah T. Walls, 1873-1876.

In 2010, I became only the second-ever Black Republican to be a Congressional Representative out of the Sunshine State of Florida. I served in the 112th US Congress, 2011-2013. Interestingly enough, I was redistricted out of the very congressional district I was honored to represent by a supermajority legislature of Republicans in the State Senate and House. The redistricting legislation was signed by then Florida Governor, Rick Scott, also a Republican. I was the number one target of the Democrat Party in the 2012 election cycle from the US Congress, they made no bones about it. And with everything that was lined up against us, to include a lack of support from the Republican party, we lost reelection by less than .5%.

We knew there was voter fraud by the Supervisor of Elections in St. Lucie County, Gertrude Walker, kindly nicknamed Dirty Gertie. Regardless, the fraudulent election results were accepted by the Republican Secretary of State, and the Republican State Attorney General, Pam Bondi, never opened an investigation.

Why do I mention this? Simple, because we hear the incessant rhetoric that emanates from the power brokers of the GOP that they want more minority outreach. However, during the period of Reconstruction, there were more Black members of the Republican party in elected positions than now. At this time, there is one black Republican in the US Senate, Senator Tim Scott, and one in the US Congress, Rep. Will Hurd. Rep. Hurd has decided to resign from office. It is imperative that someone does an analysis, and assessment of what is lacking with GOP support to black candidates in America.

Dr. Tim Westley's book, The Republican Party & the Journey Blackwards, is an important read in these times of political turmoil and ideological conflagration. It would serve the GOP well to read this book and learn from a former Army Veteran who ran for Congress. The time has come for such a literary work.

If the GOP is to survive, politically, it must earnestly reestablish its bond, history with the Black community. That does not come by way of empty words such as outreach but by a sincere effort to formulate policy inclusiveness and engagement. It means the GOP has to go back into the urban centers, stay there, and partner with those who embrace the beliefs of faith, family, education, individual liberty, small business entrepreneurship, and service to our Nation. It means reversing the damage inflicted by almost six decades of leftist, Democrat, destructive policies. But, it means fertilizing the ground in order to plant the seeds so that they will grow.

It is time to right the GOP ship, and in doing so, right the wrongs that have been cast upon the American Black Community.

Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (US Army, Retired)

Member, 112th US Congress

INTRODUCTION

There are 435 people serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and 100 in the U.S. Senate. Right now, in the year 2020, we have 1 black Republican (.005% vs 21% DEMs) in the House (who is retiring) and 1 black Republican (.01% vs. 04% DEMs) in the Senate! Yet, Blacks represent just over 12% of the United States! HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

The Republican Party saw its heights of Black Representatives in the 1800s and never got back to such a level. Except for the U.S. Senate whereby the number remains the same, 1 black Republican Senator in 1875 and in 2020, we still have just 1. As for the U.S. House of Representatives, the most were in the 43rd Congress (March 3, 1873 – March 3, 1875) whereby 6 black people were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. 1 We had more blacks in Congress in the 1800s than we do in 2020 and this is a problem!

We had more blacks in Congress in the 1800s than we do in 2020 and this is a problem!

In the first 25 years since the first black person was elected to the office, between 1870 and 1895, Republicans elected 19 blacks to the office. Compare that to the past 25 years, between 1993 and 2020, 5 blacks have been elected. By comparison, this is a 74% drop from the 1800s. The Republican Party is going Blackwards!

Photo: First Black Senators & Representatives – (Sitting) U.S. Sen. H.R. Revels, of MS, B. Turner of AL, J. Walls of FL, J. Rainy of SC, R. Elliot of SC, (Standing) R. Large of SC, J. Long of GA.

In 2020, Texas Rep. Will Hurd decided not to seek reelection and this highlights a big problem for Republicans: their inability to diversify their ranks and connect with the black community. With Hurd’s departure, this will leave Sen. Tim Scott as the only black Republican in Congress and he too has vowed to leave Congress after his next term. 2

When the most influential Black Republicans over the past three decades can be named in less than 30 seconds, we have a problem!

If the party has any hope of continuing to win national elections at the highest level, the Presidency, this trend Blackwards, must stop and be reversed! When the most influential Black Republicans over the past three decades can be named in less than 30 seconds, we have a problem!

The Cost & Loss of the Black Vote

Looking at the national level, if the Republican Party hopes to continue winning races at the highest level of government, then recognizing the importance of and intentionally going after the Black Vote is going to be paramount. As close elections in swing states have shown, a slight shift in the Black Vote (decreasing for Democrats) has

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