1) Why don't black Republicans get elected by representing black constituents or their views?
Consider the history of Black Republicans' electoral victories:
- Jennifer Carroll was elected as Florida's Lieutenant Governor as a ticket supplement in the 2010 Gubernatorial election of Governor Rick Scott (who is white); together, the Scott-Caroll ticket received 56% of the white vote and 6% of the black vote. Ms. Carol was previously elected to the Florida House of Representatives in Florida's 13th Congressional District, which is 87% white and 5½% black.
- Edward Brooke was elected to the United States Senate in Massachusetts in 1966, which at the time was less than 3% black.
- Gary Franks was elected to The House of Representatives in Connecticut's 6th Congressional District, which was 95% white and 2% black. This district was eliminated and merged with Connecticut's 5th Congressional district in 2003.
- Mia Love was elected to the United States House of Representatives in Utah's 4th Congressional District, which is 87% white and 1% black. She was previously elected as the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, a city that is 93% white and .5% black.
- Tim Scott was elected to the United States Senate in South Carolina with 82% of the white vote and 10% of the black vote. He was originally appointed to this position by Republican Governor Nikki Haley. Mr. Scott previously elected to The United States House of Representatives in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, which is 75% white and 19% black.
- J.C. Watts was elected in Oklahoma's 4th Congressional district, which is 78% White and 6% Black.
- Allen West was elected to congress in Florida's 22nd Congressional District, which is 82% white and 11% black. He was principally supported by the Tea Party, whose membership is 89% white and 1% black.
3. Why did the Republican-controlled legislatures of 11 states pass Voter ID and Polling Center laws that are well-known to disproportionately disenfranchise black people?
4. Why does the Republican Party oppose efforts to reinstate voting rights for ex-felons, knowing that this restriction also disproportionately disenfranchises black people?
5. Why are 95% of Republican House Districts majority-white?
6. Why do six solidly-Republican states dedicate the month of April (the month Abraham Lincoln was assassinated) to honoring The Confederacy, a treasonous, militant organization that, by its vice-president's own admission, was based on black people's subordination and enslavement to white people?
7. "Why do Republicans keep endorsing the most extreme and hyperbolic African-American voices- those intent on comparing blacks who support the Democratic candidates to slaves?". This question was asked by Charles M. Blow in an op-ed he wrote for The New York Times; it seems relevant to this query.
Collectively, these questions inspire the larger question: Why should we believe that the Republican Party wants to represent the black community if it isn't making a clear effort to represent black voters' views?