Saturday, October 29, 2005

Steve Gillard talks about how black conservatives don't represent the majority of black people. The thing is that black conservatives need to speak to the issues that black people care about, as explained by Thindwa here. I wish blacks would be more accepting of gays,yes, but that's not what they vote based on. It seems that they want politicians that may be able to make positive changes in their lives, and the thing is that being a republican is a handicap there, because many Republicans think government is bad, except for when it's being used to harass women for having sex, of course. So while black people might want better schools that they can afford to go to, Republicans are a bit tied there, because having good public schools would be the easiest way to do this, but they can't go for that, because that's 'big government'.

Also, Republicans think that they can get blacks the same way they get poor whites, but that doesn't work. I think it's because poor whites see rich whites as their proxies- that they can become rich whites someday. But black people see a rich white guy, and say, he's doing good, but I want to be doing good too. So policies that help the rich may not be liked as much. Another problem is that Republicans say stuff like "get off the plantation! Don't vote Dem"

Most blacks vote for their own reasons, not because they think they owe anything to the Dems or the Repubs. Take me for example. I favor women's reproductive rights, real racial equality, and rights for gays. I vote for the Dems, because they seem closer to what I want. I propose a new way for Republicans to get votes from blacks- why don't they try to see what blacks want, and try to be closer to that? Maybe they'd actually improve their profile,eh? Like I think many blacks would like an increase in minimum wage. Don't vote it down, ok?

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