“Make no mistake about it, the demise of the GOP will be because of the silence of the good Republicans, who because of a few, will sit back and not call it wrong, when it is wrong. This is unfortunate”
“We have seen nothing but one embarrassment after the other, while no one seems to be willing to stop it. Make no mistake about it, the demise of the GOP will be because of the silence of the good Republicans, who because of a few, will sit back and not call it wrong, when it is wrong. This is unfortunate,” says NRAAC national chair.
The National Republican African American Caucus national chair, Dr. Jean Howard-Hill says that she has watched the silence now for most of her 31 year tenure as an African American Republican, with 23 of those years being in national leadership.
“I have seen it from the local to the state and at the RNC level. Good people who are afraid that if they speak out, it will dry up Republican financial support or that it will displease those at the helm. This has caused this kind of craziness, as we saw with the GOP fundraising tactics to be well insulated and to reach the top at all levels within the Republican Party. We cannot forget the Barack the Magic Negro incident that came out of Tennessee.”
What is sad”, she says, “is that at the grassroots level, there are many who don’t agree with this. Nevertheless, because the Republican Party has been taken over by this mafia style kind of politics, most people are afraid to oppose those they believe are powerful.”
She says that all of this must stop.
“We have to have the courage and moral conviction to call it wrong, even when it is wrong within our own party. When we begin to do this, we will begin to regain our credibility and sensibility as a major political party. Until then, we continue to be the embarrassment of the political landscape.”
She also say, “RNC chair Michael Steele should know better. Yet his hands are just as guilty of stirring the pot.”
“Many of us as veteran African American Republicans are wondering what is going on with Steele! He certainly is not the Michael Steele we knew prior to becoming chair. It is as if he has transcended color and common sense. We are less than one more incident away from a campaign for him to step down as RNC chair.”
“We need civility, integrity, sensibility and common decency to first return to the leadership of the GOP at all levels, beginning at the RNC.”, say Howard-Hill.”
[Dr. Jean Howard-Hill is the author of Black Eyes Shut, White Lips Sealed. She has served as the national chair for the National Black Republican Women with her late husband, Attorney Bobby Lee Hill serving as the head of the Black Republican Men for Change from 1987 to his death in 1991. After his death up until 1993, she remained head of the organization, and in 1999 combined the two groups to form the National Republican African American Caucus. Outside of her role as the National Republican African American Caucus [NRAAC] national chair, Howard-Hill is known for her involvement within the African American community and her efforts to correct and enhance verbal, written and presentational skills of African American students, and her “Pull up Your Pants and Dress for Success Campaign” to improve the appearance and fate of African American males. She has created and directed the Many Faces of Diversity at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which teaches these skills to minority, “at-risk”, and first generation college bound students. She is currently working on the Tennessee Youth Research Study, a research project aimed at identifying causes and providing connectors to reconnect to the youth of this generation. She also has taught full time and as an adjunct, American Government, State and Local Government, and International Politics and Culture of Nonwestern Countries at UTC, and was voted 2006 Outstanding Professor of the year. Additionally, from 1976 to 1979, she designed and directed the “Democracy In Action” Program, which was a civics program taught in the local school systems. Howard-Hill also is a local political commentator and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law. She also is ordained clergy and heads The Healing Place Ministries International, overseeing 47 ministries throughout Africa.]
Jean Howard-Hill,NRAAC National Chair
423-702-5622 NRAAC office
The Purpose of The National Republican African-American Caucus is to create an organization that is comprised of Spirit filled people of faith within the African American community, that works in conjunction with local, state and national party efforts to embrace, and offer African-American Republicans opportunities for inclusion and involvement in the Republican Party, and builds bridges between the African-American community and the Republican Party. In doing so, we seek to carry out the philosophy and mission set before President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas to build a stronger and more inclusive Republican Party, where those guiding principles are more important than politics.
“It is time to extend the olive branch, and that night we will do all we can to let the Republican Party know that since we are here to stay, we also want our stay in the Republican Party to be one which is harmonious and seeks to build the party and moves it in more positive directions, that are beneficial to the nations and future generations”, say the National Chair.
More information on the NRAAC can be found at:
http://nraacaucus.ning.com [NRAAC] National Republican African American Caucus Social
Issue Network (members only)
http://nraac.blogspot.com [NRAAC Blog]
http://youthonthehorizons.blogspot.com [NRAAC Youth on the Horizons Blog]
http://the-twig.blogspot.com [NRAAC New Generation—New Direction Blog]
http://theblackolivebranch.blogspot.com [NRAAC National Chair’s Blog]
Each State Caucus can be accessed by state. See related links at http://www.nraacaucus.org/index_files/Page816.htm
Also can be found on the RNC group page at http://our.gop.com/Groups/National_Republican_African-American_Caucus_NRAAC.