College Republicans Charter Morehouse College and Hold Statewide Service Day

It’s a busy week for the Georgia Association of College Republicans. Thursday evening, they will celebrate the chartering of Morehouse College at a 5:30 PM ceremony, and conclude with a lecture by Pro-Life activist and Martin Luther King niece Alveda King at 6:45 PM that is open to the public. The events are co-sponsored by the Georgia Black Republican Council.

GACR Chairman Will Kremer said:

The Georgia Association of College Republicans has worked tirelessly to spread our party’s message across all of Georgia’s college campuses. An instrumental part of spreading our message is reaching out to HBCUs. We are thrilled to have chartered a College Republicans chapter at Morehouse College.

The hard work and dedication chairman Michael Roundtree has put into chartering and leading the Morehouse CRs will ensure the continued success of the chapter. I look forward to working with the Morehouse CRs going into the 2014 election cycle.

CRs Toy -ProjectToday, the College Republicans are holding their first annual Statewide Service Day. CRs throughout the state will be at their campuses seeking donations of toys for the children of veterans. Toys and funds collected will go to the Atlanta chapter of the Wounded Warriors Project.

If you’re not able to stop by a campus, all donations to the College Republicans today will benefit the veterans.

2 comments

  1. atl_man says:

    Yeah, the national GOP started creating College Republican chapters in the 1990s as part of the Newt Gingrich GOPAC outreach initiative, and it got a lot of fanfare; they established chapters at Howard and a bunch of other prominent HBCUs. It never went anywhere, and most of the College Republican chapters collapsed.

    The real problem with the GOP and black voters is that most black people regard America in general as fundamentally, systematically racist on one hand while still believing that white individuals in general – especially their friends and neighbors – as being good people. The only way to reconcile that obvious contradiction (which paints “white America” as racist but not white individuals) is to look for scapegoats. And the GOP is a convenient scapegoat because it allows blacks to assume racism by virtue of affiliation with the GOP, because affiliation with the GOP is entirely voluntary. Basically, the thinking is that while presuming every white person to be a racist is morally wrong (because it is discrimination in and of itself, and it is not a white person’s “fault” for being white) presuming every REPUBLICAN to be a racist (or at least comfortable around other racists) is fair game, a way of maintaining the “America is institutionally racist” thinking without a blanket condemnation of all white people. Instead, white people need to do something to “deserve it” (like use a racial slur or affiliate with the GOP).

    Really, until the GOP makes a sustained effort to directly confront this thinking by challenging it with black individuals, they aren’t going to get anywhere with black voters. Instead of stuff like this, the GOP really needs more of what Rand Paul did in visiting Howard University and Mike Huckabee did in 2008 in attending a black issues debate. The difference is that it needs to be more of a back-and-forth to force rank-and-file blacks (NOT bought and paid for members of the black leadership who have a vested political, financial and ideological interest in the advancement of the Democratic Party) to justify their attitudes.

    I agree that HBCU’s are the ideal venue for outreach projects like this, but the type of outreach has to change. Instead, it would be “epic” were a Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Rand Paul etc. to hold a publicly televised forum at Howard, Tuskegee, the AU Center etc. where they go out into the audience, ask a student directly “Why do you think that I am a racist” or “How can you prove that my policies are designed to hurt black people” or something like that.

    I would love for Nathan Deal to do the same, by the way. He could go to a black forum and remind them how he went from getting 90% of the black vote his entire political career to less than 10% when the only thing that changed was his political party and ask the very people who voted for him for years in his former district was it fair of them to just abandon him like that after all those years of supporting him. What would their response be?

    It isn’t for the faint of heart, but it really is what needs to be done to actually force a change in mindset among black voters. It sure beats the alternative, which is some combination of pandering and running and hiding.

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