Sunday, October 31, 2010
G.O.P. Is the New Black?
In late October, the Houston-based group Raging Elephants put up the billboard above in Houston, TX and Dayton, OH. Raging Elephants is the same organization behind the grossly misleading (if not flat out dishonest) "MLK Was A Republican" billboards put up in summer 2009 and earlier this year.
The first clip below is from a discussion between community activist Quanell X and Republican Judge Michael Fields that took place on a late October newscast of a Fox affiliate out of Houston. You can read the accompanying story by clicking here.
Meanwhile, in parts of Houston with a mostly Black population, fliers were recently handed out to voters claiming that voting a straight Democratic ticket is actually a vote for the Republicans. The flier states that the group responsible for the flier is the Black Democratic Trust of Texas. However, it appears that no such group even exists! The following clip is from a news story on the Fake flier controversy by ABC's Houston affiliate.
If the GOP is serious about reaching out to the black community, I'm all for it. However, it's going to take more than superficial billboards. I often hear conservatives/Republicans say that the GOP is a big tent open to everyone. Sure it is. From what I've seen, recent history indicates the GOP intends to use one of those tent poles to stab blacks, Latinos, the GLBT community, etc. in the back. Or are they aiming lower? Ouch!!