March 13, 2005


The White House Thinks Black: Bush's overtures shake up the civil rights establishment (Stanley Crouch, March 13, 2005, LA Times)

Over and over, from within and without, these Americans hear the call to emulate the zeal we customarily notice in immigrants, who seem devoted to education, hard work and family values. Substantial numbers of black people know that the federal government can only partly remedy the ills that hold the black lower class down: poor school performance, teenage pregnancy, drugs and gang violence.

This group includes members of many churches, entrepreneurs and impatient parents who've come to support school choice.

Any shrewd Republican can see that these people are potential GOP recruits. If they joined the Republican Party, the political game would dramatically change. That's one reason the Bush administration is reaching out to black religious groups, a number of which he invited to the White House after his reelection.

This invitation was a shot across the bow of the civil rights establishment. As a Christian, Bush seems to believe that he can create a new grass-roots black leadership similar to the one that preceded the civil rights movement, which was rooted in churches and often opposed the aggressive nonviolence that called out the dragon of racism. The president also must know that black Christians tend to be conservative on issues of personal liberty and might well support his attempt to amend the Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage — a possibility that has already stirred rumblings among gays who believe that black evangelicals are prepared to make them the new universal pariah.

So how do Democrats, who are culturally pro-gay, pro-abortion, etc., retain the support of the blacks upon whom they are politically dependent?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2005 9:05 AM

Payoffs as always? Most Black clergymen are if anything more corrupt and venal than most White ones, and that boggles the mind.

Posted by: Bart at March 13, 2005 12:29 PM

The Dems have historically always championed the positions of a rich, privileged elite (slavery, segregation). Their history since around 1960 or so is an aberration, and by caring more about well off homosexuals, rich white women and pampered academics, they are only reverting to form.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 13, 2005 1:56 PM

Raoul: I've not seen it put that way before, but, by golly, brother, I think you've nailed it.

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 13, 2005 11:13 PM