Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 5:26 AM
Subject: The RNC's Continued Disdain for Blacks
To: Raynard Jackson <email@example.com>
The RNC’s Continued Disdain for Blacks
February 1, 2016
By Raynard Jackson
Once again the Republican National Committee (RNC) has demonstrated why
they can’t get more Blacks involved in the party.
In all fairness, party chairman, Reince Priebus has tried to do the right
thing, but his staff has been a total disaster with executing his vision.
Four years ago I created the inaugural Black Republican Trailblazer Awards
Luncheon. The purpose was to use the occasion of Black History Month
(February) to honor Black Republicans who had made significant
contributions to the Black community, the Republican Party, and America
(people like Bill Coleman and Bob Brown).
Priebus insisted on covering the costs of putting the luncheon on but I was
totally responsible for the content, the honorees, and the keynote speaker.
The inaugural year was by far the high water mark of the event simply
because I had total control of the event. The second year was ok and the
third year was a total disaster.
The second year I attempted to work with the staff of the RNC and the whole
program got so watered down that it became unrecognizable.
The third year the staff, through deception and subterfuge, excluded me
from any involvement and it turned into a minstrel show; it was a total
I fault the RNC’S leadership for creating an environment where this type of
chicanery was allowed to go unpunished.
In December of last year, I notified the RNC and its leadership that
because of their total incompetence, I was taking full control of my event
and that I would cover all the costs. I also informed them that I had
trademarked the name “Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon.”
So, needless to say, I was quite stunned when the RNC decided to infringe
upon my trademark by planning their own Black Republican Trailblazer Awards
Luncheon for this week (a week before my event).
I began to receive calls and emails from across the country because
everyone knew my event was in DC, but yet they were getting an invitation
about an event in Florida. This was done intentionally to cause confusion
among my supporters. This was just another feeble attempt by the RNC and
its staff to sabotage another one of my initiatives.
Sean Spicer, head of the RNC’s communications department, did everything in
his power to sabotage the inaugural event. I was told that there would be
no media at the actual luncheon, but rather there would be a media avail at
the RNC after the event.
Spicer unilaterally changed his mind and had all the major white media
covering the event (CNN, Roll Call, etc.), while the Black media was
literally waiting in the lobby of the RNC headquarters. Can you say
separate and unequal?
Now let me introduce you to a few more of the saboteurs.
Krystal Quarker, the current leader of this continued effort to sabotage my
activities, was introduced to me three years ago when she was unemployed
and desperate for work. I help her get her job at the RNC and this is her
way of showing me thanks.
Tara Wall, who never met a person she couldn’t alienate, needed a job so I
helped her get a consultant contract with the RNC. She then wanted to
become a full time staffer, so I helped her with that. So, once she got
her consultant contract her attitude towards me was “why do I need to talk
to Raynard?” Despite that, I still helped her become a staffer and her
attitude towards me got even worse. This was a person who never missed an
opportunity to denigrate the 200 Black newspapers in the U.S. According to
her, “no one reads Black newspapers anyway.” She said this to all the top
people in the RNC.
Orlando Watson is totally in over his head. He is extremely arrogant and
has absolutely no connection to Black media or the Black community. He is
the butt of jokes within the media and he is too stupid to even realize it.
He constantly leaked to Sen. Rand Paul’s staff sensitive RNC communications
in hopes of ingratiating himself with team Paul; he wanted to work on
Paul’s eventual presidential campaign and he thought sharing information
with them would guarantee him a job. What he didn’t realize was that they
thought he was a joke and there was never any intention of hiring him for
the presidential campaign.
Last and certainly not the least, is C.J. Jordan. She was a spy within the
RNC for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP). She would send them sensitive internal communications from the
party so they would know what deliberations were going on inside the
For three years I had complained to leadership about the incompetence and
disloyalty going on within the building, but nothing was ever done. These
staffers should have all been fired immediately for their lack of
professionalism and incompetence. But one thing I have learned about
Republicans, they love Blacks who have no spine or backbone; they want
Blacks that they are comfortable with versus those who are good at what
The easy thing for me to do would be to leave the Republican Party; but
that’s not an option. I will not allow anyone or any circumstance to get
me to leave my party; but rather I will fight to make my party better.
As recently as two weeks ago, I told the leadership of the RNC that their
staff was calling reporters begging them to create a hit piece on me in
their feeble attempt to tarnish my reputation; and as usual, nothing was
So, to my followers and supporters, when you begin to hear “anonymous”
quotes about how I am such a bad person, please know where it is coming
I foolishly allowed the leadership of the RNC to use me and then discard me.
I was warned by both Black and White party officials that this would happen
to me; but I was blinded by my party loyalty in my foolish belief that they
were finally serious about the Black community.
I will continue to work with our congressional leadership and candidates
who are serious about having a meaningful relationship with the Black
But, I cannot and will not have any involvement with a national committee
that has so little regard for me personally and the Black community at
large that they would not only infringe upon my intellectual property
rights; but also try to emulate my idea by prostituting it with their
I am in the process of seeking legal counsel to explore what my options are.
If the RNC and its leaders want a fight, a fight they shall get. The game
is now enjoined!