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Why Republicans Struggle to Gain the Black Vote

Acts of contrition can never endear the Republican Party to black Americans. Republicans have assumed the opposite for decades, thinking that blacks will reward them with support for their energetic pandering.

What Republicans fail to realize is that black people view voting as an expression of group solidarity. This solidarity is crucial to the identity of black Americans, and even though many blacks identify as conservative, voting for Republicans is thought to violate their identity. Those who do violate this identity are excluded for failing to uphold sacred traditions in the black community.

Although many blacks identify as conservative, they remain loyal to the Democratic Party, to the bewilderment of analysts. To black Americans, voting does not aim at empowering the individual—it is seen as expressing the interests of the group. If blacks believe Republicans are hostile to their goals, then they will vote for Democrats, even when policies advertised by the Democratic Party may prove to be detrimental to their economic well-being.

This group voting mentality is especially difficult in the ever-present mentality of victimhood. Black activists and white liberals want us to accept the cult of black victimization, tying this closely to black voting patterns, thus making it difficult for Republicans to appeal to black voters.

Obviously, ethno-cultural issues have determined the political choices of various groups in America before, like the Irish and Italians. Yet the Irish and Italians were never enslaved in America, which limits the ability of nonblack ethnic leaders to get politicians to accede to their demands. Without the element of slavery, black ethnic leaders like Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton would lose some leverage over white politicians.

Unlike the radical separatism advocated by Huey Newton and the Nation of Islam, black victimhood functions as a group adaptation mechanism, by allowing black activists to impose demands on the state. Black separatists are usually maligned by the mainstream, but their vision is more liberating than that of black liberals and their white companions. Separatists want black people to be free from white institutions, whereas liberals envision a society where whites are responsible for looking after and coddling blacks.

As advocates of capitalism, Republicans differ in their medium for empowering blacks, but like separatists, they also advocate black autonomy. Yet because blacks tend to be collectivistic, and have been socialized by the wider culture to imagine themselves as victims, preaching the message of self-reliance to black Americans may appear quite challenging.

Black victimhood has only worked as a group adaptation strategy because ordinary blacks have been tricked into thinking that affirmative action benefits their entire race. One would think that when blacks realize that the richest 10 percent of black Americans control 75.3 percent of all wealth owned by African Americans they would no longer embrace racial solidarity. Similarly, noting that wealthy blacks are 1,382 times richer than poor blacks may force black Americans to question the sincerity of activists who decry the racial wealth gap.

The plight of poor blacks is paraded by black intellectuals to justify their privileges at the expense of all Americans. Black activists fear independent black Americans, since they pose a risk to their material interests.  If blacks eschew victimhood, then activists cannot use their condition as a tool to extract resources from white institutions. Clearly, such circumstances obviate the services of activists who are handsomely paid to design anti-racist policies.

The truth is that victimhood is intertwined with the politics of black solidarity. Unless Republicans abandon the message of self-help, blacks will never perceive them as an attractive option to Democrats, and it is a waste of time for Republicans to specifically target black voters.

The 2020 election is a perfect example of this. Donald Trump marketed himself as a friend of black people, working strenuously to improve black economic conditions and perform many other services for the black community during his administration. Yet despite these efforts, Trump won only 14 percent of the black vote. Republicans are wasting their time by targeting specifically black voters.

The Republicans will also remain unattractive and fail to generate widespread support even when they embrace at least some stances that may please black Americans. For example, black Americans favor restricting legal immigration, and although Trump garnered more votes in 2020, he did not obtain enough to retain the White House.

Expecting blacks to disavow the cult of victimhood appears to be wishful thinking, and so the chances of Republicans earning a sizeable chunk of black support will likely remain slim. Thus, going after the black vote and expecting blacks to deviate from the tribal politics of racial solidarity seems to be merely a waste of time for Republicans.  

Lipton Matthews

Lipton Matthews

Lipton Matthews is a researcher, business analyst, and contributor to mises.org, The Federalist, The Imaginative Conservative, Merion West, and American Thinker.

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SoylentGreen
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I may be naïve asking this but I don't want to read between the lines. Are you saying that blacks should be treated as individuals rather than as a voting block?
 
 

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Buffalo66
I wouldn't presume to speak for Mr. Matthews, but in my estimation he is advocating for the GOP to pursue the Sailer Strategy, e.g., capture white voters in the Big Ten states by turning the Democratic Party into the Black Party (as well as the party of the deep state, the MIC, Hollywood, university and out of touch elites). Trump successfully utilized this strategy in the 2016 presidential election.
Gandydancer
What does that even mean? He does say that there's no point in trying to recruit them to the GOP as a group, but that doesn't mean that they are not in fact a group: "[B]lack people view voting as an expression of group solidarity."
Hegar
Indeed, Steve Sailer showed that if the GOP stopped acting like cuckservatives, always approving of the Left's buzzwords, and increased its White vote with just a few percent, they'd win big. Of course, that was about twenty years ago. Still true today, but because of the GOP being captured by those loyal to the media bosses, mass immigration has had time to flood the states with leftist voters.
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RubySwoon
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Tend to agree with Matthews about black Americans never getting off their victimhood train because it's just too darn profitable for them. But more black millennials are refusing to be victims by boldly and publicly asserting that they don't need the white man's charity and that yes, they are clever enough to obtain an ID to vote regardless of what the racist, messiah-complex Democrats believe. "Black activists fear independent black Americans, since they pose a risk to their material interests." Now this assertion is more set in stone, I feel, because we experienced this strategy as a nation as Democrat state governors, fearing the independence of small business owners to better resist their criminal EOs, declared most of them "unessential" during the C19 pandemic, essentially weaponizing a so-called emergency to trample over their taxpayers civil rights as they gleefully went about crushing their businesses and by extension their livelihoods. So the greedy, insane and evil will always try to suppress the good to get their way.
 
 

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HeidiLovesLiberty
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Trump WON and WON a historic number of minority voters. Blacks may feel more secure as slaves as a demographic, but Trump's message & opportunity he presented clearly got through.
 
 

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Hegar
A cuckservative who still swoons over "a historic number of MiNoRItY voters!" After all that pathetic pandering by Trump, how many non-White votes did the Democrats win? The Black women counting the votes in Democrat-controlled swing states, who did they vote for? Yet you still think they'll be swayed by cuckservatives approving of Affirmative Discrimination, letting criminals out (Trump listening to Jared, good job!) and decrying "racism".
Torpedo1
The only attraction minorities have for politics is they see it's an effective way of whitewashing their past and politicians are more than happy to help them with their disguises all amounting to materialism greed and selfishness called quality of life.
Hegar
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Matthews is right of course, but people are so brainwashed by the media and Hollywood that they don't dare see this. And Black women know that their higher purchasing power comes from being hired to public institutions because they are Black and women - they will be fanatically opposed to a party that includes at least some people who would like to stop their well-paying privileges. Want to make money? Be a Black woman who's made a website to dox "racist" conservatives. Write about Trump having a small penis. Then when he wins the election, pretend you're a Republican so you get speaker invitations and donations. That's Candace Owens. Trump hired another Black woman to the WH, and she betrayed him, claimed she had a tape with him saying "the N Word!". Another got donations by dumb cuckservatives simply because she claimed online that her parents threw her out for her Republican views. Then she laughed at the donors, saying she'd use the money for new shoes and whatever. Those Black people who vote Right do so without being praised as Black. (Btw, it was always odd to hear Trump talk about Black or Latino employment, praise Israelis and whatever, but never Whites. Come on, how about just once talking about the people who took risks and campaigned for you? The only people where the majority voted for you?) Over and over again Matthews' point has been proven correct - but you still have cuckservatives at Breitbart writing about "Blacks will leave the KKK DEMOCRATS soon!" as if it hadn't been changed to a leftist party long ago. Pathetic. You have so many other sites now - Chronicles, Takimag, Information Liberation, whatever - but Breitbart still has such an enormous audience just staying put. It's the fake "alternative Right" site. Completely changed after Breitbart's death.
 
 

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Torpedo1
By not mentioning Whites maybe the President was trying to soften the blow minorities might feel clinging to those stereotypes for security blankets. In other words "Take courage Hispanics and Blacks. Can't you stand your ground by yourselves without using each other like human shields? Are we demonstrating our insecurities?"
Torpedo1
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Minorities delude themselves that White Supremacy racism Slavery or sexism are skeleton keys to the gates of heaven when in reality they are incriminating alibis indicating complicity to a subversive culture of recidivism.
 
 

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