Last week, I made several calls to Alex Smith, national chair of CRNC, but never got a return call. But, in fairness to her, she was in the middle of final preparations for their national conference this past weekend in D.C. I have no personal connection to her or the organization.
So, I went to the CRNC’s website and noticed that they have no Blacks in leadership, not a Black in any photos on their site, and not one Black speaker during their conference this past weekend.
So, CRNC, let me make sure I understand. You criticize the direction of the national party, but yet you are doing the same thing you have accused the national party of doing—having no diversity, insensitive rhetoric, and no messaging that appeals to those outside the party or your group.
H-e-l-l-o. Can I introduce you to my friend pot calling the kettle black?
Can someone please tell me how the CRNC, in the 21st century, can continue to be a lily-White organization and expect to be relevant?
Did the CRNC really need to spend all this time, energy, and money to state the obvious—that they have the same problem as the Republican National Committee (RNC)?
Reince Priebus, chair of the RNC, seems to be the only one in party leadership that understands what needs to be done and he has actually put his money where his mouth is. He has hired minority staffers, given them budgetary and hiring authority; he is open to new thoughts and ideas; and he is committed to changing the face of the RNC.
The House, Senate, and CRNC leadership should be following the same blueprint that Priebus is using. I am stunned that the CRNC has no Blacks in any photos on their website and none in leadership (they have one Latino).
But, what is more insulting to me, as a Black Republican, is that the CRNC is probably totally oblivious to the fact that they have no Blacks involved in the group; that they have no Blacks speaking during their conference; or that they said nothing about the Black vote in their report.
It is very easy to help a person with a problem when they acknowledge they have a problem; but what do you do when the person is not aware that they have a problem?
So, to the CRNC, we, in the Black community, have already played the role of the Flintstones in the past of your organization; and in your just released report, we are playing the role of the Jetsons, not in your future.
Is this really the role you want the Black community to continue to play in your organization—no past and no future?
(Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.)
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