Kira Davis: Open Letter to Reince Preibus – Let Republican Face Be Black and Brown – Anything But White

I believe Ms. Davis is exactly right and maybe we can stash Karl Rove away at the RNC’s rubber room. They do have one, don’t they? I would love to see Allen West, Susana Martinez, Star Parker, Ileana Ros Lehtinen, Mia Love, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, Jason Mattera, Ben Carson, Ken Blackwell, Thomas Sowell, Ron Christie,  Larry Elder, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, Alveda King, Alberto Gonzalez, Kevin Jackson and so many more.

Kira Davis: Make Black and Brown Faces the Face of the Republican Party

Kira Davis

Dear Reince Priebus: I was raised as an agnostic socialist. I became conservative as an adult after I had a unique opportunity to see how the policies I had supported all my life actually worked when applied.

I read the whole Constitution for the first time and I fell in love with this country. I researched and reasoned. I believe our path as a nation has been ordained and blessed by God. The success of American values has drawn freedom-seeking immigrants from across the globe in hopes of finding some measure of personal success.

As I always say, America doesn’t owe anyone an opportunity, America IS the opportunity.

Lately, we have seen that opportunity being maligned and squandered. I’m sure you were no different than me after election night last November. Well, perhaps you didn’t consume anything but scotch and cookies for three weeks, but I’m sure you have your own version of mourning you went through. Also like me, I’m confident you eventually picked yourself up and started asking “What do we do now?”

We’ve had to take a hard look at the reality of how the GOP is perceived in the very communities we are trying to protect. I was encouraged to hear more and more Republicans acknowledging we have an image problem and discussing ideas on how to change that.

Then I turned on the TV and saw you discussing diversity in the GOP with some media talking head. I saw Jeb Bush making the rounds in what looks like a precursor to a 2016 run. I saw Karl Rove pontificating about diversifying the party. In short, I saw a bunch of rich, middle-aged white men talking about how we need to change the perception of the GOP as a party of rich, middle-aged white men.

Hey, don’t get me wrong. I love older white guys. My Grandpa was an older white guy and I’m not going to lie — I wouldn’t kick Sean Connery out of my bed…even now. What I’m talking about is a paradigm shift; a complete public image makeover.

Mr. Priebus, in 2012 the GOP missed a HUGE opportunity to push out some more “diverse” faces to bring the message of liberty and smaller government to their communities. There is a sizable community of Black Republican/conservative bloggers who highlight that message every day. Many work in their spare time. Can you imagine what they would have been able to do for the GOP if there had even been a tiny amount of party dollars behind them?

We’ve already blown that opportunity but another one presents itself. As we begin to think about 2014 and 2016 we need to continue thinking about how we change our image. Exit polls showed that many minority voters liked Mitt Romney’s message but in the end did not feel comfortable voting for him because they didn’t “trust” him. We need to give them a reason to trust us.

I’m sorry, but throwing a rich white guy in front of a bunch of people who have been taught from kindergarten to distrust rich white guys is not going to cut it. I have a suggestion for a new strategy, and some people will not like it because it involves a few people getting out of the way and/or making room for new faces. Some people will have to decide if their status is more important to them than their country.

Yes, the contrast is that stark. Here’s my plan:

From now on the official party strategy should be to only send minority Republicans to do public events/interviews/appearances. Every picture, every brochure, every interview, every meet and greet, everyTHING the GOP does between now and 2016 should have a non-white face at the forefront.

When the Obama stenographers at MSNBC start spewing lies about who wants sequestration, someone like Marco Rubio should be the media go-to guy sent out to dispute those lies.

When Chris Matthews starts talking about racist code words, someone like Nikki Haley should be who the party officially points to for a response.

Mia Love and Allen West are two powerful voices running upstream of the narrative. Republicans know these people, but non-political Americans generally don’t.  Right now, when someone says “Republican” the image is a Karl Rove-type. We need to make “minority” synonymous with “Republican”. Read the remainder here.

Visit Kira Davis’ website here.

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  • Ed Wallis

    Affirmative Action STINKS, whether promoted by Dems or Repubs. If she wants other “minorities” to be speakers, LET THEM SPEAK UP AND WIN first…. Dem voters are RACISTS *regardless* who is the Repub opponent. Duh.

    • Ed Wallis, and others reading and/or commenting here, I knew I would get this kind of response when I posted this story with some enthusiasm. I don’t see it as affirmative action. I don’t see it as needing to win first. I don’t see it as taking the place of elected officials. I see it just as Artur Davis spoke after supporting Barack Obama. I see Blacks and Hispanics getting plenty of time to tell anyone listening why they are conservatives. Davis is talking about “meet and greets,” “interviews,” etc. Why not. I believe we need to make the “tent bigger” but I want it bigger by virtue of conservatism – only. We have many Blacks and Hispanics who can help make this happen. We many in the Tea Parties. Some are wonderful speakers.

      Karl Rove won nothing.

      I agree that Democrat voters are racists and Black Democrats are among the most racist, but maybe if they are able to see and hear more reasoning from their fellow Americans, some might want to change their circumstances.

      Again, I’m not talking about Affirmative Action.

    • montanaconserv

      Mr. Wallis, there is a difference between affirmative action and oppression. I firmly believe that our current GOP leaders ‘oppress’ the non-white members as well as the non-male members. Allan West had no help from the National GOP. He ended up dropping his battle for his district due to lack of funds. Ted Cruz won in SPITE of the GOP… Nikki Haley won in SPITE of the GOP.. This current leadership, i.e., Karl Rove, et al, has vowed to fund ANYONE running against the Tea Party supported candidate. He has lost sight of his country, and has fallen into the trap of the perceived ‘power’ that living too long in D.C. gives a person. As I see it today, the GOP is imploding. And if they don’t make some changes at the top, they won’t survive in the next two elections….

  • It’s so obvious, isn’t it? If the Republicans want to change their image, all they have to do is….change their imagine. Sadly, the rich white guys won’t move over without a fight.

    • Jim, I am grateful for the “rich White guys” but we have some entrenched that believe they know better than most of us. We have so many very conservative Minorities. I would listen to Thomas Sowell or Ben Carson or Allen West all day long.

      The thing I want is the House, the Senate and the WH. That’s all.

  • Al

    Christian, content of character, abilities, these are what matter.

    This nation needs to become color-blind.

  • Before Gabriela Saucedo Mercer had decided to run against Raul “Boycott Arizona” Grijalva in AZ CD-3, people were encouraging her to run because she is Hispanic. She instantly rejected that as trying to play the race card (my words). She ultimately decided to run (and got no support from the RNC) because of the fire in her belly (again, my words). And she’s right.

    My point being, values must come first. Allan West is a great and articulate man. And, oh yes, he’s black.

    The other side of the coin is that blacks and Hispanics do need public figures they can identify with who will tell them to quit drinking the Kool-Aid. So in the end (sorry for the long comment), broadening the tent should NOT mean watering down the message or our values, but instead it means all people do hold these values.

    • Velcro, I agree and that’s why I mentioned a few of the people that would make me sit up and listen. There are many of them, and no, we don’t need anyone without fire in their belly. We have a Congress full of them and the famous Senate bean soup.

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