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I have written columns, made speeches, appeared on TV all over the world and discussed how Blacks are not monolithic in their political views; that Blacks are open to the Republican Party and the conservative message; and that Blacks are not opposed to Trump’s policies, just his drama.

The Republican Party reminds me of the child who can’t wait to get his new toys every Christmas, only to find them boring and unattractive within a week, because he is now looking for a new, shiny toy to keep his attention. This is repeated year after year.

Every year, the party unofficially designates someone as their flavor of the month. People like former party chairman Michael Steele (before he became the powerhouse that he now is), former congressman J.C. Watts, conservative pundit Armstrong Williams, and Starr Parker.


Unlike the more recent flavors of the month, at least those listed above, one could argue, have some connections with the Black community. I don’t mean in terms of them all being Black, but in terms of their ability to stand before the Black community with some modicum of gravitas and credibility.

What do all these flavors have in common? They all appeal to an overwhelmingly White audience. None of them have any standing in the Black community, nor would they be able to fill a room with Blacks. This does not mean they are not good people; they simply do not have any appeal in the Black community, especially in moving Blacks into the Republican Party or conservative movement. Raynard Jackson

Dash is a walking gaffe machine. She has talked about the need to get rid of Black media like BET and awards like the NAACP Image Awards, because of their emphasis on the Black community. She advocated for the elimination of these platforms, even though she has made millions of dollars in movies with all-Black casts ( Mo’ Money) and has appeared on several TV shows on BET.

While White folks are entertained by Diamond and Silk, most Blacks don’t find them very funny at all. They are viewed as modern day minstrel shows. Their audiences are predominately White and they have absolutely no standing in the Black community.

If the Republican Party was serious about the Black vote, they would highlight someone like real estate entrepreneur from New Jersey, John Campbell, Jr. Not only is he very successful, he also has a national network of Blacks that he has a great deal of standing with, who will listen to his arguments about conservatism. He, indeed, can help move the needle.

My point is, the party has shown how lazy they tend to be when it comes to the Black community. They need to stop it with all the bright, shiny objects and focus on building relationships with and through those who have real influence within the Black community.

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit www.bafbf.org. You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.