Steele: Blacks €Don€t Have a Reason€ to Vote GOP
Courtesy of Black America Web | 4/25/2010, 12:21 p.m.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele has again brought up the issue of race, this time to a group of 200 students at DePaul University, stating that African-Americans €don€t have a reason€ to vote for Republican candidates.
During a university-sponsored discussion on the conservative movement, Steele was asked to explain why an African-American should vote Republican. The RNC chairman€s response: €You really don€t have a reason to, to be honest €" we haven€t done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True.€
Steele, who has famously criticized Democrats for being quick to pull the €race card,€ also talked about his personal experience with racial discrimination €" a subject that the he has openly addressed in the past. Steele told TV One€s Roland Martin in November that even some of his fellow Republicans are €scared€ of him because of his race.
Steele went on to acknowledge his party€s failure to reach out and connect with African-Americans and other marginalized communities. €We have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans,€ he explained in Tuesday€s appearance.
The RNC chairman went on to make a candid statement about how the disconnect between Republicans and minorities is not new and has been a part of the party€s strategy for years.
€For the last 40-plus years we had a €Southern Strategy€ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South,€ Steele said. €Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, €Bubba€ went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton.€