Just got back from Twitter and posting in my group, Pandora’s Box on facebook, regarding the recent wins of many Republican candidates. We are officially a red nation.
Last week, everyone was posting on social media to Black people to get out and vote. Many felt that the Democrats just have not been doing enough to get this country and economy back on track and would suffer during the mid-term elections. Well, that’s proven to be true.
This win means that not only will the Republicans control the Senate, but will get total control of the Congress. This is a punishing blow to President Barack Obama. Obama’s crisis filled tenure as this nation’s first AA POTUS, made him unwelcome by many Democratic candidates–I live in Georgia…and if I hear “Obamacare” one more time, I’m going to scream bloody murder!
What does this mean for Black people? Many areas where we live are hurting.
Bill O’Reilly got into some hot water recently for making statements to Tavis Smiley on his O’Reilly Factor program:
‘On Thursday’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly got into some hot water with his guest, PBS radio host Tavis Smiley.
On the topic of white Republicans’ relationship with black Americans, O’Reilly said, “I think they’re more intimidated than uncaring. I think they’re afraid… I think they’re afraid of, uh, black people, yeah.”
“Why? Are black folks scary?” responded Smiley, clearly uncomfortable.
“No, no, the white Republican power structure is afraid of black Americans. They don’t know how to treat them; they don’t know how to speak to them… They don’t know anything about the culture, and they don’t want to be called a racist bigot, so they stay away,” O’Reilly said. “That’s just my opinion.”’
‘When Smiley asked why Republicans wouldn’t want to engage more fully with black Americans to understand their points of view, O’Reilly responded bluntly: “Because they feel it’s not worth the trouble, the few votes they might siphon off, to get involved with it. That’s how they feel. I know that for a fact.”’
This is very blunt, but I feel it’s also an uncomfortable truth about the Republicans–they refuse to interact with Black people.
However, Mia Love, daughter of Haitian immigrants, will be the first African American Republican congresswoman to win for the state of Utah. And Will Hurd for the state of Texas–another congressman.
Republicans vow to work more with Obama, but is that an empty promise?