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Tuesday Dec 01, 2015 4:09 PM EST
Black Celebrity Endorsements: The Cautionary Tale of Joe Louis Endorsement for Wendell Willkie
Commentary by Chitown Kev
Joe Louis campaigned for Republican nominee Wendell Willkie in 1940. Still, ~65-70% of blacks voted for FDR nationwide.
Last Tuesday in Atlanta, rapper and political activist Killer Mike (birth name: Michael Render) reiterated his endorsement of Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic nomination for President. Killer Mikes introduction of Senator Sanders, in which he explained his endorsement of Bernie Sanders is both passionate and eloquent. Frankly, I think this is a good get for Senator Sanders in terms of endorsements for his candidacy.
But I am alarmed by the volume of commentary hoping and hyping that Killer Mikes endorsement will, somehow, drive up Senator Sanders sagging poll numbers among African-Americans. To read much of the commentary on this specific endorsement of Senator Sanders, Mr. Renders endorsement will unleash torrents of damned-up African American support for Senator Sanders that will allow Sanders to siphon off enough African American supporters of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and sweep Sanders to the Democratic nomination. Historically, gaining black electoral support via black celebrity endorsements is easily said but rarely done, as the case of heavyweight champion Joe Louis endorsement of Republican nominee Wendell Willkie in the 1940 presidential campaign shows.
First, lets just stipulate that in terms of celebrity, Killer Mike is not in the same league (or even the same galaxy cluster) as Joe Louis circa 1940. Thats simply an objective fact.
Mr. Louis gave his reasons for supporting Mr. Willkies 1940 presidential campaign in his 1978 autobiography Joe Louis, My Life (written with Edna and Art Rust, Jr.):
New numbers prove that Trump is pulling support from the highly xenophobic Republican contingent.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll proves what gut instinct was already telling you: The Donald Trump campaigns success is built on the backs of racists. Or, if you prefer a gentler word that captures the immigrant-specific questions the poll asked,xenophobes. Either way, fear of foreigners coming to America to white people isnt just driving the rhetoric of the Trump campaign, but its, quite predictably, shaping who his supporters are.
Nearly half of GOP-leaning respondents in the poll 47 percent both support the deportation of undocumented immigrants and oppose accepting refugees from Syria and other Mideast conflicts, the Washington Post reports. If a GOP-leaning voter supports deportation, there is a 79 percent chance she or he also opposes Syrian refugees, compared with 54 percent if they oppose deportation.
Call them the twofers: Republicans who both want to kick out all undocumented immigrants and stop Syrian refugees from entering. A whopping 51 percent of Trumps supporters are twofers, compared to only 16 percent of all other Republican voters. Put another way, pro-deportation/anti-refugee voters account for almost three-quarters of Trumps support, the Washington Post reports.
To be clear, nearly every Republican in the race has pandered to the twofers on some level, stoking hysteria about Syrian refugees and talking tough on immigration, even if they fall short of embracing Trumps build-a-wall-kick-em-out program. But Trumps laser-like focus on these issues, along with a simple-minded belligerence that appeals to the bigoted (who are not known for their nuanced approach to issues) means he is killing with these voters. Enough to hold a comfortable lead as the primaries draw closer.
While these results arent surprising, theres a couple of important lessons to be drawn from them. One, traditional coalition-building is collapsing in the Republican Party, which has become victim of its own propaganda machine. Two, this should (but wont) put to bed any lingering hope that Trump is somehow going to say something too racist and lose his base of support.
Abortion is the wedge that drives the Republican Party's base to activism. So much so, it's promoted to the point where it drives the trued believers to act both violently and hypocritically.
Killing to "preserve" life? Well, if the only"life" that matters are unborn fetuses, then kill away.
It's clear as day why the right wing base acts this way. Their unbridled piety and exclusive moralism makes them believe that they're the ONLY good people around. They're killing abortion providers out of the goodness of their own hearts and because they believe that their "God" would want it that way.
But, let's just suppose that the methods by which just about all adherents to reproductive choice were so prevalent and effective that they all render the percentage unwanted pregnancies in this country to negligible levels. Basically, a rounding error. Let's also propose that medical advances in reproductive healthcare increase the percentage of healthy and viable WANTED pregnancies to the point where the need to prematurely end those pregnancies fell to about the same rounding error
Where would the anti-abortion, pro-life crowd be then? Not encouraging disaffected armed true believers to kill medical providers in the name of their god, we hope.
The mostly white, gun-loving, religious right, anti-woman crowd needs the practice of abortion (for ANY reason) in this country to justify their own quest for power. Without it, they would be left out in the cold.
Anti-abortionists love abortion, as it gives them a reason to exist, judge others harshly and practice their hatred of women's reproductive freedom.
29 NOV 2015 AT 15:03 ET
A press conference scheduled for Monday, where GOP front runner Donald Trump had expected to announce the support of black clergyman, has been cancelled after the pastors blasted the campaign for announcing they would be endorsing him, reports CNN.
A scheduled private meeting with black pastors was supposed to be followed by a press conference where, according to the campaign: A coalition of 100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders will endorse the GOP front runner after a private meeting at Trump Tower.
This did not sit well with prospective attendees, many of whom claim that they had no intention of endorsing Trump, with one calling him an insult and embarrassment. But he represents the country we have become.
Bishop Paul S. Morton of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship tweeted on Friday that he had refused to meet with Trump, saying that the candidate lacks respect for people.
Only a narcissistic moron would announce such an "endorsement" before it even happened. It's quite clear that he has no idea how he sounds to other people.
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