Comments I wrote elsewhere when a Black Republican challenged me for being a Republican and writing "bad" about the Republican party, or rather, not "good enough" about the Republican party:
For anyone else who cares, besides folks trying to make all Black people think like them...
When Ellen Sauerbry lost her last race for governor of Maryland, the Maryland GOP asked her to head the party. She refused and said the party should choose Michael Steele. Sauerbry got her head handed to her in Baltimore City, Howard, and Montgomery Counties. Part of the reason why she was trounced in Baltimore is because of the Black vote, but most of the reason is she ran her race pitting the state against Baltimore City. When she ran 2nd time, she was trounced even worse than the first time. However, during the race, Paris Glendenning (Spend-dening) called her a racist. Kurt Schmoke and the PG County executive Wayne Curry, both Black Dems, said Sauerby is not racist and called on Glendenning to stop. She said the MD GOP needed Steele because the GOP doesn't get Black votes.
While Steele was head of the Maryland GOP, he approached WOLB, a Black talk radio station that is part of Radio One and sister station of WOL, the station that started it all for Kathy Hughes, about hosting a talk show. They gave him a weekly show where he addressed Black callers and pulled no shots. I listened to the show when I could and he made sense most of the time, but he was coming from the Old School that I grew up with, the Old School that I live, the Old School that I'm trying hard to pass on. And he admitted the GOP shortcomings.
Robert Ehrlich ran for govenor of Maryland and selected Steele as his running mate, and Ehrlich won. Unlike the current MIA Lt. Gov, Ehrlich gave Steele many high profile tasks and Steele made his presence known in the Black community, as did Ehrlich. In fact, Ehrlich laid out his plans for addressing concerns of Blacks and they both signed their names. Dude kept most promises, including increasing funding to the Maryland HBCUs which have been historically underfunded by the state.
Steele got big props from me for attempting to address education issues in Baltimore city
So, race forward to Steele running for Senator of Maryland. Steele said that Mfume was his friend and if it turned out he would face Mfume, the race would be about issues, no racial politics. Of course, later, Steele was quoted as saying if Mfume was his opponent, race would be on the table and he, Steele, would bring it up by pointing to Mfume leading the NAACP. Of course, this ignores that Steele knew that Mfume and Juilan Bond didn't see eye to eye, or that Mfume made overtures to the GOP and was publicly spurned, but addressed in private.
That ticked me off but one day on WOLB, Steele was whining about the treatment some were giving him and he said, "Black voters need to develop an insult level about the insults being thrown towards Black politicians."
That hit the target with me. I was someone who defended the man when I thought he was correct in what he said. But it always irked me when he used the "Blacks on the plantation" slur, so from that point on, I decided to challenge him on it.
When I received mailers asking for donations, I wrote back saying he needs to stop using "stuck on the Dem plantation" and why. I stopped receiving the mailers. I emailed his campaign stating the same thing.
After he got in trouble with the Jewish "leadership" in Maryland for comments he made, I called into a talk show that he was on and said that I thought his use of "Blacks are stuck on the Democrat plantation" is foul and brought up his earlier comments about insult level. I finished it off by saying that he wouldn't dare say that Jewish voters were stuck wandering in the Democrat wilderness or that Jewish voters were stuck in the Democrat concentration camp. He said he thought there was nothing wrong with what he had said.
After some thought, when the election rolled around, I voted for the Libertarian/Green candidate, Keven Zeese.
If you are a Republican and don't like my "talking bad" about the Republican party, that's your problem. Learn to think for yourself.