Have Republicans found their “new black friend”???
Via Raw Story:
Friday night on “The Cycle,” co-host Touré discussed how African-American conservative Dr. Ben Carson is serving as conservatives’ “black friend” who they keep around because it helps to assuage their feelings of racial guilt. Rather than taking up token minority spokespersons, Touré suggested, the GOP would be better served by not pursuing racist policies like vote suppression.
“Just so we’re clear,” he began, “I’m not really into being the ‘black friend.’ If I get that sense that you like me just because I’m black and you’re, sort of, exoticizing that, then your emails stop getting returned.”
He said that he feels that many black people would agree, but for people like the Republican Party, “black friends” are always in demand because “some people need them to make themselves feel not racist.” He quoted the so-called 2012 “autopsy report,” the RNC-funded dossier titled the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” which said the Republicans “should be committed to a lasting relationship within the African-American community year-round, based on mutual respect and with a spirit of caring.”
“They do indeed need to build that, because I don’t feel cared about by the GOP at all,” Touré quipped. “People who respect and care about me don’t try to suppress my vote. I’m kind of big on that.”
He urged the GOP, if they want to maintain that “spirit of caring,” to stop trying to kill the Voting Rights Act and Affirmative Action, and to “stop calling me a ‘taker’ and a lazy person and a non-real American.”
So, while the Republican Party may comfort itself that its minority outreach program is its hope for the future, Touré said that for many African-Americans, it seems like “They say they want a new relationship while continuing to try to screw us over.”
For Republicans, he said, “It’s time for a new ‘black friend.’ Enter Dr. Ben Carson! He’s smart! And helpful in assuaging their guilt.”
Do you agree with Touré??