A potential yardstick of transformation for the GOP may come by way of a poised young conservative out of Arkansas. Will Black America support a sister and the diversity they claim the GOP needs or will they reject change due to believing the same tired stereotypes?
If there is one thing that you can count on when it comes to politics and race, it is this:
Someone – no, wait, practically everyone – will criticize the Black Republican as “not getting it.”
In some way, shape, or form, people – including practically all of Black America – harp about how the folks over at the RNC (despite the presence of Michael Steele and others in significant positions of influence) just do not support every Black people and their issues and concerns.
Despite the shared bonds with conservative values and church-based endeavors.
Despite the shared credos of more with less and sacrifices for future advancement.
And even with this, whenever we were reminded that the GOP may have some Blacks involved in the process as candidates and spokesmen, we are told that those African-Americans are older, richer, and more out-of-touch with common American problems than the average person living in Black America. As well, they are usually “tokens” without real power, experience, or exposure that allowed them to be tangible.
And now another potential example to refute these archaic arguments:
The communications director for Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA) and former spokeswoman for American Solutions (headed by Newt Gingrich) is rumored to be running for Congress in the state of Arkansas, although an official word or filing for office has yet to come from the Smith camp.
In many ways, she is the model of the 21st century conservative.
She worked under one of the conservative kingpins of the past 40 years (former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich). She serves as a congressional staffer under a Republican serving a “minority-majority” (i.e., where the majority of constituents are minorities) district. She has been a Washington insider for several years now.
At the same time, she is everything that critics said the Republican Party isn’t.
She is young. She is Black – and proudly represents Black people whenever possible. She is articulate in her positions and forthright with her explanations. She has had enough moxie to go toe-to-toe with leading liberals on national television for years now while keeping a level-headedness and classiness that few believe conservatives have towards the president or others in his party. Her rise to acclaim did not come from a blue-blood background; it came from topping the MTV “Stand Up and Holla” contest in 2004 to win the opportunity to address in Republican National Conven