Will the New Black Republicans in Congress Be Lawmakers—or Talk Show Hosts?

Will Congress’s New Black Republicans be Pro-America or Anti-Black?

The Root's Charles Ellison asks if Mia Love, Will Hurd, and Tim Scott will merely be "talk show hosts" instead of actual lawmakers

by The Root, November 18, 2014

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Will the New Black Republicans in Congress Be Lawmakers—or Talk Show Hosts?

Will the New Black Republicans in Congress Be Lawmakers—or Talk Show Hosts?

Problems will emerge because Black Republicans are predictably paraded as shiny examples of a brand-new day in GOP outreach. Modern, post-Reconstruction history has not been kind to their lot—unless, of course, you’ve hit the jackpot like the spectacularly crafty Scott. No Black Republican in the 20th-century House has served more than four terms, and there’s only been one instance in the 21st century when there were two serving at the same time: the one-terming West and the one-term Scott, who ended up with a Senate promotion.

While, theoretically, it’s simply smart politics to have some level of Black influence leveraged in both the Democratic and Republican parties (since the all-eggs-in-one-basket approach isn’t working out all that well at the moment), there is no instance—yet—of a modern Black Republican candidate being elected by a majority-Black congressional district. No one can claim a serious pivot until that happens. Cognitive dissonance remains between Black Republican dreams and Black American reality, a discussion that continues to slide into nasty family exchanges over group identity and direction. This should be fun to watch.







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