In a More Diverse America, A Mostly White Convention
"It's hard to look around and not get frustrated," said Michael S. Steele, a black Republican and former lieutenant governor of Maryland. "You almost have to think, 'Wait. How did it come to this?'"
Tribes back convention events
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is sponsoring today's delegate "Bloody Mary Brunch" on a rainy Minnesota morning on Lake Minnetonka. The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians logo is on the tote bags the delegation is handing out. Others, such as the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, are listed as delegation sponsors.
CNIGA and the individual tribes are equal opportunity donors--they also helped underwrite many of the California Democratic delegation events in Denver last week.
Recall that the Democratic convention had 143 Native delegates. The Republican convention can't muster more than 36 black delegates. That suggests it probably has only 2-3 Native delegates.
"How did it come to this?" asks Michael Steele. It "came to this" because Richard Nixon intentionally pursued a policy of racial polarization in 1968. The Republican Party abandoned any pretense of representing everyone and focused instead on wooing white Americans. As long as whites were the majority, the strategy worked well for conservative candidates.
For more on the subject, see America the Conservative.
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