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Michele Bachmann, the GOP, and the Race Conversation

June 24, 2011

Articles: Michele Bachmann, the GOP, and the Race Conversation.

Found this amazing piece over at the American Thinker.  The writer, Chidike Okeem, really hammers on issues with the universal fear all conservatives have with even mentioning race in the public policy arena.  Well, all conservatives BUT Michele Bachman.  Here is the lede:

Recently, while speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Michele Bachmann fervently argued that President Obama has failed the African-American community and the Hispanic community. Bachmann went further to affirm that, in the event of her election as president of the United States, her goal would be to create jobs in these heavily affected minority communities — and create jobs for Americans as a whole.

While these were merely passing remarks made during her speech, she created seismic waves due to the fact that she deviated from the traditional pusillanimous GOP approach to minority communities by daringly intermingling race with her public policy arguments.  As was noted by liberal Salon, Michele Bachmann is the only GOP candidate to have mentioned the 16.2% black unemployment thus far. One would think that such an obvious policy weakness of Obama’s would be something all serious GOP candidates would be hammering at with unyielding ferocity.  Except, of course, none of the other candidates possess the brass that Michele Bachmann has to take on the tough racial issues against America’s “first black president.”

Please do read the rest here.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2011 1:36 am

    Good for her. Her plan to create black jobs is hopeless, of course, but at least she’s talking about race.

    Well, mentioning race.

    • June 25, 2011 1:44 am

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. =)

      I would like to hear your thoughts on the hopelessness of her “mention”?

      • June 25, 2011 1:58 pm

        Bachmann has the right idea for America as a whole — stimulus doesn’t create jobs — but in a time when Black unemployment can rise while overall unemployment is falling, and one of the go-to answers is still “White racism,” it is going to take more than mentioning the existence of the “African-American community” to fix things.

        I guess the problem is that her remarks are described as “daringly intermingling race with her public policy arguments.” No, daringly intermingling would be pointing out that differences in social outcomes arise from innate racial differences, and therefore will never go away.

        But as you say, at least she’s better than the rest of the GOP.

  2. missdisplaced permalink
    June 25, 2011 8:13 am

    I see nothing wrong with mentioning “race” in this manner, especially when referring to unemployment numbers. You can’t ignore the racial divide in America, but with these subjects politicians need to tread very carefully.

    Not that I believe for a second however that Ms. Bachmann plans to do anything whatsoever about it.

    • June 25, 2011 12:11 pm

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. =)

      I see no problem with mentioning race either, and that was the thrust of the article I linked – that conservatives are so afraid of the race-card that we have left that purview totally in the hands of the left, with deleterious consequences for the races involved. The writer’s point is pretty simple – there is only an upside to trying to be more active with regards to traditional democrat blocks of minorities. I would have to agree – what can the left do, call me even more of a racist?

      As far as your belief Michele Bachman plans to do nothing about it, that is certainly your prerogative. But something else the article points out is how Reagan improved the standards of living for the black community through traditional conservative principles of limited centralized economic planning. Given that Bachman embraces those same concepts, one could conclude she would meet with the same success. And I would like to point out, those principles do not have to be directed at any particular race – so while neither Reagan nor Bachman would focus on the black community, their general policies would help to improve their lives. Wow, kinda like how a non-arbitrary, no winner/loser picking government is supposed to work.

  3. June 26, 2011 12:18 am

    Democrats in general have failed blacks. Warren Beatty, longtime Liberal, wrote these words in his movie Bullworth:

    Angry black woman: Are you sayin’ the Democratic Party don’t care about the African-American community?

    Bullworth: Isn’t that OBVIOUS? You got half your kids are out of work and the other half are in jail. Do you see ANY Democrat doing anything about it? Certainly not me! So what’re you gonna do, vote Republican? Come on! Come on, you’re not gonna vote Republican! Let’s call a spade a spade!

    • June 26, 2011 2:01 am

      I forgot Bullworth. The sad thing is no one (who doesn’t see the truth already) sees the truth in that statement. Very sad indeed. =(

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