FW: Republican Minority Outreach Will Not Be Easy

From: Guy G.
Sent on: Thursday, February 14, 2013 11:29 AM
Interesting, whether you agree completely or not.....

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Subject: Republican Minority Outreach Will Not Be Easy
Date: 2/14/13 11:14:07 AM
From: "Black Republicans"
To: "[address removed]"

Republicans are realizing that a willingness to be [mostly] polite to black people is insufficient widen the party’s appeal. Becoming a real national party again will require us to address some painful challenges that will cross deeply felt boundaries of culture and habit. It’s not going to be easy, but we have little choice.
First, we must recognize the awkward relationship between the libertarianism the party has embraced since the ‘60’s and the legacy of segregation. The Civil Rights Movement taught Americans that government is not the only force that can infringe on personal liberty and economic freedom. We need a freedom agenda that absorbs those painful lessons and more reliably protects the vulnerable.
Second, a humbler, less hysterical tone would help a lot. There has been too little tolerance for straight talk on minority issues and too much tolerance for race-baiting rhetoric. A thicker skin and more sensitive ears would serve us well.
Only when we’ve made progress on those two issues can we hope to deal with our third and most critical challenge – to engage minority audiences in forums that allow us to listen as much as we speak. These are the interactions that will, over time, open doors and produce the policy changes that can dampen resentments among blacks and Hispanics and restore our relevance in minority communities.
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