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What the GOP Can Do to Attract Blacks

How the GOP Can Reach Out to Black America

A few policy adjustments and concessions could make the GOP more attractive to Black voters. 

If the RNC wanted to do actual outreach to black voters, it would look for common ground on issues of mutual concern. As it stands, just a handful of Republicans have moved in that direction. The most prominent is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who—as BuzzFeed points out—“has been an outspoken advocate for softening drug laws, reforming the criminal justice system, and creating major tax breaks for areas in financial distress, like Detroit.” In addition, he’s pushed “school choice” for low-income students and made direct appeals to Black audiences, still a rarity for Republican politicians. Of course, not all Republicans share Paul’s libertarian approach to criminal justice. Even still, there are avenues for economic outreach that Republicans could take.


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