Townhall Magazine’s February Feature Cover Story by Stacy Washington

It’s very exciting to announce that I wrote the cover article for Townhall Magazine’s February issue!  I have an excerpt for you here.  Please head out and purchase the magazine to read the remainder of the article, there are five more pages to peruse.

 

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Excerpted from Townhall Magazine’s February feature, “Minority Issue or Messaging?,” by Stacy Washington:

 

Typically, economic factors forecast voting patterns; convention suggests that there must be overall improvements in the quality of life for blacks to justify a level of support merely 5 percent lower than the last election. In August of 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 14.1 percent within the black community—less than a percentage point below the 14.9 percent rate at the end of the Great Recession, and well above Bush-era rates, of 9 percent and under.

 

Furthermore, when looking at household wealth and homeownership, two hallmarks of the American Dream, the Census reports that blacks have fared poorly as well. Between 2005 and 2010, the gap in white and black household wealth widened: whites went from 15 times that of blacks’ to 22 times. CNN Money reports that in 2010, white median household net worth stood at $110,729 versus $4,995 for blacks. This enormous chasm of wealth disparity opened up during the Great Recession and has persisted under the leadership of President Obama. …

 

The GOP has tried running black candidates on the ticket, and while that’s important, it isn’t the answer. Nor is it enough to feature conservative black pundits on television and radio. Neither of these alone will convert blacks into Republican voters. What will work is illustrating how Republican policies will improve blacks’ lives and economic standing.

 

History shows that many minority groups, most notably the Irish and Jewish populations, had rough beginnings here in the U.S. but turned them around for the better through hard work and sacrifice.

 

American Jews weren’t always members of the upper echelons of society. Prosperous Jewish leaders noticed that there were ever-increasing numbers of their people mired in poverty and living in ghettos in New York. As a part of a greater effort to improve the lives of Jewish immigrants, the Federation of Jewish Farmers of America was formed. Historical records from the Jewish Agricultural Society and the Federation of Jewish Farmers show how they set about making a proactive change to better the circumstances of new immigrants through very simple means: teaching them to speak English, and then loaning them funds to buy a farm.

 

Once the family was set up on their new farm and had paid back the money, that same money was loaned to another family, so they, too, could escape the city. Community leaders stressed that education was of the utmost importance. And through the hard work and determination of the affluent reaching back to help less fortunate, newer American Jews, a tidal wave of success and wealth was unleashed over a few generations.

 

This plan isn’t limited in its application. It could work for American blacks too. Someone must suggest and implement it; but the Obama administration certainly won’t. The Democrats don’t want more blacks to become successful and free of government handouts. After all, once an individual begins to earn enough money to escape the horrors of inner-city living, he also begins to notice that his tax burden has increased as well. And once a person attends to their tax burden, he usually feels a desire to pay less.

 

The last election proved that black voters are engaged and willing to go the extra mile for a candidate that connects with them on a personal level. Yet minority outreach in the Republican Party is all but nonexistent. The party must initiate voter contact in the lull between campaigns, when Democrats aren’t working the churches, neighborhoods and shopping centers. Any black person will tell you that the Democrats only show up to seek out votes during election season, and the Republicans make their first attempts just three months before the election. This is abysmal!

 

 

6 thoughts on “Townhall Magazine’s February Feature Cover Story by Stacy Washington

  1. How could you even compare blacks to Irish and Jews that came to America when the latter two didn’t come here as slaves and face Jim Crow laws? “Republican” principles is not what lead to their success and if you properly studied the history of black Americans our history is one of hard work and sacrifice.

    • First off that comparison is for looking ahead not a continuation of the insistence on looking behind.

      Instead of making excuses, try to understand where we are. Our community is mired in negative outcomes.

      Buy the magazine and read the other FIVE pages. Then come back and comment. This is an excerpt.

  2. I’m just going off of your excerpt, you do have one thing right, the way Republicans frame their message is a big reason why minorities don’t want to vote for them, especially when you characterize those minorities as “lazy, no good, liberals and Democrats who all want hand outs and want govt to take care of them, giving the impression whether purposely or not, that being like white Republicans is the key to success, being white and Republican is being hard working and responsible, many minorities rightfully take offense to that.

  3. Way to go, Stacy! I’m so proud of you for making the cover of Townhall Magazine, girl!!!

    I support you 100% in your diligence to (at least try to) make minorities realize that the GOP is FOR them, not against them. I know it seems like nobody is listening, but don’t believe that. You ARE making a difference. Don’t get discouraged. In fact, I live my daily life by Galatians: 6-9, which says “Don’t stop doing what is right, for after awhile you will reap a harvest of blessings if you don’t get discouraged and give up.” By “blessings,” I mean that the truth will make a difference, so keep telling the truth. :)

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