During a question and answer session at the Republican National Committee’s Summer Meeting, a Black Republican called out leaders in the GOP for catering mostly to Whites and Hispanics but pretending as if Blacks don’t exist. The woman asked Chairman Reince Priebus and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich what the GOP was doing to reach out to people who lived in her community.
“I live in a world that’s different from most of the people that’s in this RNC,” explained the woman, “and it’s like we don’t exist.”
“I mean, everybody’s talking about Hispanics,” the woman observed, “but African-Americans built this country, and continue to be ignored by everybody. And since we’re no longer the largest minority, we get pushed to the bottom.”
“Are you really listening to the people who are being pushed down, who are being disenfranchised, who don’t have a pot to whatever in and a window to throw it out of?” she asked both GOP leaders. “Because I don’t hear their voices resonating, not in this party, but I don’t hear them in the Democratic Party either. I hear the Democrats saying to us, let us lead you to stay where you are. What we have to do is offer them some hope to be better than they are.”
Gingrich replied: “We ought to be in the business of liberating every African-American, every Asian-American, every Latino-American small business man or woman.”
In 2012, Black Democrat turned Republican Artur Davis advised Republicans to focus on Hispanics and working class Whites.
“To me, the Republican pathway is with white blue-collar voters and with Hispanics. I think there is substantial room to grow the Republican Hispanic vote and the Republican white blue-collar vote. I do not see significant room in the next election cycle or two or three for Republicans to grow the African-American vote,” said Davis.