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News Media Blind Again to GOP Racism

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Months before that August 2000 RNC in Philadelphia the then vice-chairwoman of the GOP's minority outreach/recruitment initiative, Faye M. Anderson, resigned publicly expressing her frustration at that party's "pattern of racial blunders."

Anderson, in an August 2000 New York Times commentary, stated it was "past time for the party to move beyond the oratory of inclusion."

Days before the August 2012 RNC in Tampa Bay one of that city's most prominent Republican Party activists, W.J. Robinson, resigned from the GOP citing his frustration with the GOP's lack of response to African American issues including the lack of black business inclusion at the RNC.

Robinson, like Anderson in 2000, said his resignation arose largely from seeing so many instances of GOP officials (locally, across Florida and nationally) putting their foot in their mouths around issues involving race and racism.

"I started getting [snubbed] by the Party for speaking out for black concerns. My thing with the GOP was always getting opportunities for black businesses," Robinson said. "We tried to help everybody instead of operating on a partisan basis."

Robinson, who owns an engineering consulting company, said he couldn't even generate GOP support for publishing a small directory of African American owned Tampa Bay businesses for distribution at the RNC -- a project that Robinson envisioned as showing that the "Republican Party is concerned with black people."

Robinson, a GOP activist since 1999, said he witnessed things for blacks increasingly worsen within the GOP during the past few years paralleling the ascendancy of Tea Party influence.

"The new crew changed the landscape," Robinson said. "There is nothing for black folks in this Tea Party mentality. With the GOP they do not even give us trickle-down crumbs."

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The mainstream media presented dozens of stories from the Tampa RNC reporting on the defection of former black Democratic Congressman Artur Davis to the Republican Party.

Yet, there were no Tampa convention generated mainstream media articles listed in the LexisNexis database about W.J. Robinson's resignation from the GOP. That high-profile defection made front-page news in black-owned Florida Sentinel Bulletin newspaper.

In contrast to the black business exclusion at the Tampa RNC, black business apparently are receiving more equitable access to economic opportunities generated at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

Herb White, Editor of the black-owned Charlotte Post newspaper, said, "The Democrats did have a goal to work with people or color, veteran-owned businesses, women-owned business and businesses owned by gays and lesbians."

White added, "There has been some tangible proof of minorities getting contracts from the DNC."

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A front-page article in the August 30th edition of Canada's National Post newspaper provided compelling evidence that the inability of mainstream media to present probative coverage on the topic of Republican Party racially prejudicial practices transcends international borders.

The central thrust of that article was quoting Republican Party leaders bashing the Obama administration, the Democrats and the liberal media for constantly playing the "race card' to make the GOP "seem racist."

The National Post's article omitted context like referencing ugly race-baiting during the Republican presidential primary campaign by candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

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Linn Washington is a weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune and This Can't Be Happening. Washington writes frequently on inequities in the criminal justice system, ills in society and failings of the news media. He teaches multi-media urban (more...)
 

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