GOP: Dial 1-800-Ask-A-Black-Man Before Commenting on Race

Roland S. Martin
Roland S. Martin

Every time a Republican gets into hot water, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, has to pull a Florida Evans impression when the “Good Times” character yelled, “Damn! Damn! Damn!”

Anyone with half a brain knows that the GOP has a black problem. And a Latino problem. Not only do they have difficulties in securing their votes, they also can’t escape candidates and office holders saying stupid things.

Just this week, former South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint sounded demented when he went on a radio show to talk about slavery and the role the federal government played.

“Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people,” said DeMint, who now heads the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation.

“Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to ‘all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights’ in the minds of God.”

He continued: “But a lot of the move to free the slaves came from the people, it did not come from the federal government. It came from a growing movement among the people, particularly people of faith, that this was wrong.”

And then the money quote: “So no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves. In fact, it was Abraham Lincoln, the very first Republican, who took this on as a cause and a lot of it was based on a love in his heart that comes from God.”

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Source: Creators Syndicate

Roland S. Martin is senior political analyst for TV One and author of the book “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin.” Please visit his website at To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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