If you’ve been watching, you’ll note that from black Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s speech capping the first night, to the appearance Wednesday night of civil rights hero Clarence Henderson, who participated in the famous Greensboro lunch counter sit-in, Republicans have been aggressively touting their party as a welcoming home for minorities.
This is an excellent strategy, both politically and otherwise, and I think it is working. You can’t watch the proceedings without imbibing the emphasis on women, blacks, and Hispanics. I don’t think I’ve seen too many Asian Americans – though Nikki Haley of course appeals to Indian-American – and this is a group that Republicans need to target more heavily.
Just a small movement of blacks toward the GOP in states like Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and many others will make a huge difference for President Trump, and it could help him pick up Minnesota or Virginia.
But the point should be well taken. Half a century of liberal welfare has not advanced the cause of blacks and Hispanics. It’s time to try something new. Meantime, the breakdown in law and order and the attack on the police kills more black people than anyone else.
And I applaud the many African Americans who have appeared at the Republican convention. They are standing up for what they believe, and they are going to take a lot of crap for it.