Republicans have learned a lesson

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Raynard JacksonSeveral of my readers have questioned why I am writing positive articles about my Republican Party. The simple answer is that they deserve it.  In the past, I have been very critical of my party because they have ignored the Black community, disrespected our current president with incendiary language, and strayed away from our core principles and values.

Since last November’s elections,  my party has seemed to have reflected on what happened during last year’s elections and have been open to positive criticism on how to best learn from the past.  So, it’s not so much that my writing has changed as the facts have changed.

Minorities hired
Current party chair, Reince Priebus has begun to change the makeup of the party by beginning to hire minorities throughout the Republican National Committee (RNC).  My writings have reflected my support for some of these changes and a continued willingness to work with the party to help it get back on track.

People need to remember that Priebus and the RNC are not policy making entities.  Rather, they are responsible for the execution of the principles advocated by the members of the RNC board and GOP members of Congress. The Congressional side of this equation leaves a lot to be desired, but one person on the Congressional side who really understands this issue is House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor.

Cantor praised
I was happy to receive a phone call from Cantor two weeks ago to discuss some of his recent activities to engage with the minority community, specifically the Black community.  I have known Cantor for many years and we have always enjoyed stimulating, honest conversations.

Last month, Cantor accepted the opportunity to go with Civil Rights icon and fellow Congressman John Lewis, to attend the annual march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.

Cantor grew up in segregated Richmond, Va. during the 60s.  Somehow the hatred of Blacks in the 60s didn’t seep into him and his family.

I hope Cantor will let me put together a town hall meeting with him to give him a forum to share with the public his reflections from Selma.   He brought his son along with him and there is a fascinating event that happened as a result of this trip, but I will let Cantor share that story.

New Civil Rights
If you agree with the media appointed Black leaders that homosexuality is the new Civil Rights, then continue to support them. However, if you believe that the new Civil Rights is education, then please reach out to Congressman Cantor and let’s help create a better future together.

Cantor has shown the Republicans in the House a pathway to the Black vote.  The question is, will they follow his example?  Cantor is doing his part by reaching out to the Black community, now will we return the favor?  I await my community’s response.

Raynard Jackson is president and CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC. He can be reached through his website, www.raynardjackson.com.

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