If you think there are no African Americans for Mitt Romney, you are wrong. John Jay College Criminal Justice student Jason Cruger started a Facebook page at the beginning of this year, encouraging fellow African Americans to join the party of Mitt, according to the Hill.
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On January 21, Crugar started a Facebook page called “African Americans for Mitt Romney,” and its tagline reads, “Gathering African-American support for a real job creator — Mitt Romney!” The page also charts Romney’s professional and personal successes, while serving as a tool to rally the Black community behind the Republican party:
“I think more people of my race should be Republican because I believe the Republican Party has been looking out for black people a whole lot.”
As the president of the Republican club at his college, Crugar doesn’t mind being the lone Black person at Republican events, “When I go to any Republican event I’m treated like a regular Republican and everyone is welcome. I don’t get any funny looks, like, ‘What are you doing here? We haven’t seen one of you in a long time.’ Anytime I speak with them, they like my presence there.”
And to Cruger, the only reason the majority of Black people even supported President Barack Obama is “because he was Black.”
While it is indeed positive that Cruger is taking a leadership role in the political process, it is difficult to overlook how almost all of the GOP presidential candidates — as well as much of the wider GOP party — have, at one time or another, disparaged and insulted Black people or clearly hung our issues out to dry.
Michele Bachmann criticized Black farmers for receiving their long-overdue settlement, calling the judgment “modern-day reparations”:
“When money is diverted to inefficient projects, like the [North Carolina farmer Timothy] Pigford project, where there seems to be proof-positive of fraud, we can’t afford $2 billion in potentially fraudulent claims when that money can be used to benefit the people along the Mississippi River and the Missouri River.”
Bachmann conveniently ignored the fact that the majority of Black farmers in this country had been discriminated against for decades, while their White counterparts were given the government assistance needed to flourish.
And even though Newt Gingrich just announced that he would be suspending his run for the president, his campaign was not without its noteworthy insults. At the beginning of this year, Gingrich took it upon himself to tell a New Hampshire audience that he wished to attend the next NAACP National Convention to lecture Blacks on welfare.
According to Slate journalist Dave Weigel, who tweeted Gingrich’s remarks at the event, this is what the ethically compromised candidate had to say:
And who could forget the tactful Rick Santorum? He thought it would be clever to pick up Gingrich’s hackneyed welfare thread by telling an Iowa crowd that he didn’t want to improve our lives with welfare:
“I don’t want to make Black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money, I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn their money and provide for themselves and their families.”
Because, obviously, we don’t have the knowledge base to know how to do that for ourselves.
The most-memorable moment of Santorum’s laughable pitch for commander-in-chief, though, was, when talking with a Wisconsin crowd, he called President Obama a “government n*gga.”
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Again, it is admirable that Cruger is interested in being involved in the political process, but to ignore all of the overt jabs the Republican party has taken against Black people is not only foolish but dehumanizing. I won’t be joining Team GOP anytime soon. I think they have, for the most part, made it exceedingly clear how they feel about African Americans, and something tells me that Cruger needs to take a hint.
Good luck with that, Cruger.
What do you think?