August 22, 2005

ON NOT KNOWING THEIR PLACE:

More young blacks ready to embrace GOP: Some cast aside traditional loyalties (Kaitlin Bell, August 22, 2005, Boston Globe)

Adam Hunter, an ambitious law student with bright eyes, an easy smile, and plenty of charisma, seems practically destined for politics.

A half century ago, his grandfather helped register blacks living in rural South Carolina to vote. Hunter's father, born on a tobacco farm and taught in segregated schools, was inspired by the civil rights movement to join the Democratic Party. His parents have both headed the local Democratic committee in their New Jersey town, and Hunter himself worked as a campaign volunteer before he was old enough to vote.

Hunter, 22, is a first-year law student at Howard University, a historically black campus with a long record of liberal activism. He has political ambitions of his own -- but not with the Democrats.

Instead, Hunter, who as an undergraduate headed Howard's chapter of College Republicans, sees himself as part of a younger generation of African-Americans. He is ready to cast aside traditional loyalties to the Democratic Party and forge his own political identity.

''My father and I are not that different, ideologically, but if you look at the time period we grew up in, that's where we're different," Hunter said. ''My foundation doesn't make me beholden to the Democratic Party. To me there's nothing more undemocratic than the idea that you have to vote for a Democrat or don't vote at all come Election Day."


It is the fact that you can not change your ideology and join the GOP that forecasts the trend.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 22, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

See. The truth really does set you free. Good thinking Adam.

Posted by: erp at August 22, 2005 11:35 AM

This will only help the Democrats in the long run. When both parties are committed to civil rights because of powerful black constituencies, the Democrats won't have to tolerate their own moonbats kept in power only because of the race card. Once those get flushed out, it'll still have substantial vote of the blacks and will appeal once again to working class / ethnic whites. That may be 10+ more years though.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at August 22, 2005 6:39 PM

Chris:

Perhaps, but many of their moonbats (Conyers, Rangel, Norton, McKinney, etc.) have seats for life and won't go away. There are what - 38 members of the Black Caucus (plus Obama!), and at least 75% of them are as far left as can be. Those districts will remain that way unless a few black Republicans start winning, and then successfully put these mouthpieces down, again and again.

Rice or J.C. Watts on the GOP ticket will be that kind of stake in the heart, but those 38 or so CBC members will fight to the death (Uncle Tom will be their mildest epithet), and it won't be good for the Democrats at all.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 22, 2005 10:33 PM
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