So what’s her point, exactly? We freely elect officials, there’s not a quota system for it in the Constitution that I’m aware of.
Mrs. Obama spoke at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women:
At the State of the Union address . . . when you are in the room what you can see is this real dichotomy. It’s a feeling of color almost. On one side of the room is literally gray and white. Literally, that is the color palette on one side of the room. On the other side of the room, there are yellows and blues and whites and greens. Physically, there’s a difference in color, in the tone, because on one side all men, all white, on the other side some woman, some people of color . . . I look at that, and I go, no wonder. No wonder we struggle, no wonder people don’t trust politics. We’re not even noticing what these rooms look like.
If her point is that there aren’t enough black Republicans, well then we’re in complete agreement. Republican policies that expand economic growth and decrease dependency on the government are far better for African Americans than Democratic policies that have kept blacks mired in terrible economic conditions and helped foster the complete breakdown of the black family. Republicans do not do enough to convince minorities to support their ideology.
But of course, her point is that Republicans are a bunch of racists who don’t support “progressive” policies and they need to get over their hatred of blacks and start agreeing with her on the issues. And that’s yet another Obama – Barack and Michelle – racial polarization moment. The couple that could have done more than anyone to bring this country together have instead driven us apart.
A black president was elected. Though I opposed him and his policies, a small part of me was thrilled because I thought this might go a long way toward healing ancient divisions. But instead, the Obamas threw in with the racial grievance crowd, and a historic opportunity that would have diminished antagonisms and benefited African Americans the most was lost.
And she’s still at it, and they both will be for the next few decades, at great cost to the country, given their profiles.
Sure, there are some Republican racists. But ultimately Republicans don’t reach out enough to blacks because they just think, given how inevitable it seems African Americans will vote for Democrats, that it’s a waste of time and resources. Well, it’s not. Gaining just a few black votes will tip elections.
Republicans should get off their asses on this and point out that it was Democrats who were the backers of slavery, not Republicans, and that Democrats continue to enslave blacks today via the welfare state.
Once African Americans are convinced that conservatism is their salvation, the Republican side of the aisle will have a more diverse “pallette.” And Michelle, I’m sure, will be thrilled.