How Republicans and Democrats communicate with black voters in Georgia

It has been alleged that the GOP is the party of “FEAR!” Well, apparently some Democrats and Republicans in Georgia didn’t get the memo.

Consider this mail piece (accompanied by another one touting GOP efforts on education reforms including charter schools) sent by a pro-Republican group to the homes of black voters:

The party of fear?

And now consider this one from the Democratic Party of Georgia:

Oh, it gets better:

 

You see, according to Democrats, Georgia is just one early Democratic vote away from having our very own Ferguson situation.

The irony of Georgia’s Democrats sending this flyer while some black Democratic activists in Ferguson are campaigning for a Republican candidate is rather rich. Those activists, you see, are questioning the wisdom of a bloc of voters continuing to support a certain party out of habit rather than examining candidates on their merits — such as, oh I don’t know, the merits of having passed legislation that directly benefits said bloc of voters.

I wonder: Do Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn endorse this view of Georgia, held by their party, as a place where racially motivated police violence is just waiting to happen?

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Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

I know that feeling, the guy kneeling down before the threatening bright lights.  That's every republican candidate during the primaries when they are harassed until the media can bump them into second place or lower to help elect a squish like Romney. 

Trefusis
Trefusis

The ones illicitly predetermined as to Ferguson obviously are GA Democratic Party operatives, as no one from Missouri would know precisely how to kick us in the ballpark, which is such a dog's hind leg that I swear it's 

God's gift even to the jackal AJC for years to come.  But what hey, goes with the territory.

lvg
lvg

On this one I agree with Kyle after seeing entire flyer including back (not shown above)

Trefusis
Trefusis


this would be my second try, Captain Wingfield, to say without getting cut off halfway through that I didn't really see a division, until you cut me off.  What has race, which frankly I do not believe can be shown to exist, has to do with it?  All this spurious animus betwixt political parties is really inaccurate viz the parties and anyway makes no real sense.  It's an American jabberwocky.  You and whatever news organization you presently belong to should have no part of it.  A nice thing about Journalism is that you can divorce unilaterally.   

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Were any of the protesters shot on I-75 today?

Nope.

'twas a minor disturbance with no road rage involved.

The Democratic Party of Georgia got it wrong. 

Likewise
Likewise

I guess if we see it on the Kelly File on Fox last night, most likely we'll see it on Kyle's blog today.  You really need to get some original material.  As Brit Hume commented on Kelly's show, Democrats are "desperate" and need to get out the black vote using fear.  Although I would prefer not to use this tactic, the message is clear.  Don't vote and you won't get represented.  Now honestly, do Republicans really care about non-whites?  Or are you just doing a little race baiting?

RantNRave
RantNRave

Republicans can't find many black friends so they use stock photos.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@RantNRave 

Democrats can't find anything to run on, any policies that are positive, so they scare the bejezus out of poor black people. 

Trefusis
Trefusis

@RantNRave  for example you should see mine taken in a brief pose with President Lincoln and Mr. Douglass!  With Strom Thurmond hogging for attention...

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@RantNRave --  I used to work with this guy years ago, who called himself "The For A Price Your One And Only Black Friend" and would go to every republican rally in the metro area.  He said they'd always feed him real good and he'd be front and center, (behind the candidate) in every photo Op!


However he also said, they'd watch him like a hawk if he went to the bathroom!  Funny guy!  Wonder what ever happened to him.....

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

Believe that somewhere on the flyer it indicates that its a Democratic Party of Georgia mailing, but that's not reflected on the pictures above. That said, the message is to vote - to be involved - to do something so that something like Ferguson doesn't happen. It's not to only vote Democratic to make that happen (though admittedly I assume that's what the Ds are hoping). 


vote for a change


the choices may not always be perfect


applies to any party these days . . .

Trefusis
Trefusis

@consumedconsumer  You remind us of the Chopefulness of '08.  That worked out so well that now we have Ibolisis.  Don't you get it?  Leapfrog the Fool.

LDH2O
LDH2O

We've already had our Ferguson when ATL police shoots an old woman then plant drugs and when East Dublin police execute a no-knock search (even though they did not get a no-knock warrant) of a cleared military contractor based solely on the word of an arrested thief and drug user.

Trefusis
Trefusis

@LDH2O  Hell, well before Rodney King the LAPD shot to death an utterly naked fool, they'd coming across while he running down the street, on grounds that he posed a lethal threat.  They got away with it, and continued to be touted as the most professional local law enforcement agency in the Nation.  The only solution can be to up-armor urban police forces with spin-off military surplus.  We now live, after all, in a Security State.  Personally I favor compact automatic weapons and brown shirts for every frontline officer.  Black shirts will do in a pinch.  Who didn't enjoy shopping in the finer grocery stores of Central America during the petty wars down there?  We're AMERICANS, after all.  We deserve at least as much protection as the third-favorite mistress of the most recent Generalisimo of El Salvador.  After all, each of us has a vote.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

The operative words are is "SOME" black Democratic activists in Ferguson are campaigning for "A" Republican candidate....When only 6% of Blacks in Ferguson voted and most of the law makers are white, what is "rather rich that the situation?"  In Georgia, please let us know how many white social conservative activists are campaigning for any Democratic candidate?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@CuriousPrime

Well, it's kind of a reverse on your question, but when Obama put up Michael Boggs (white Social Democrat) for a lifetime post on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, progressives took Obama to the woodshed, rejecting his nominee outright.

Progressives can be so closed-minded.

schnirt 


Robtown
Robtown

Now show us an example of how wingnuts talk about Black folks to the their base....

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

I scoured the internets and couldn't find anything negative. And you?

Robert1959
Robert1959

At your job you have a employee handbook which spells out the consequences if you do not follow the rules for - employee conduct (communication, harassment, hygiene, etc.).  You also have a "Code of Ethics" which states nobody can openly practice hatred, fear and bigotry.  If you violate the "Code of Ethics" you will be "terminated" immediately.

The House of Representatives, US Senate, Supreme Court and the Office of the President need to be held accountable for their actions.  It seems nobody cares about  "Ethics" anymore.  Technology (internet, etc) has made being dis-respectful popular. People are commenting on this site with no respect for other commenters.  We are just as bad as the people we send to Congress to represent us.

Robert1959
Robert1959

Without a "Code of Ethics" politician can do and say anything they want.  For example we need "Ethics" in everything we do from contracting out jobs to fix our local roads and streets and purchasing the latest technology(tablets, phones,etc.) .  Without a "Code of Ethics" enforced the process will not flow.

HDB0329
HDB0329

@Robert1959 ...remember: the judgment of ethics in Congress is done by their PEERS!! HOw can the UNETHICAL judge ethics?? They did get close with Nathan Deal...but they let him get away.....now we're stuck with him as Governor....and he's shown what his ethics are about......

RantNRave
RantNRave

Democrats began to embrace equality, passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 965.  And while more African Americans began to vote for Democrats, in the late-1960′s a new Republican strategy was put into place—the “Southern strategy.


This was a plan was that was first popularized by Richard Nixon. What the “Southern strategy” essentially does is it identified the fact that African Americans were voting for Democrats, therefore Republicans decided they would make white voters more aware of this fact in hopes of driving the “white vote” towards the Republican party. - 

PudHead
PudHead

@RantNRave Better check your history, or did you miss that class?

Virtually every single piece of civil rights legislation for black Americans ever passed in American history was the result of Republicans defeating racist Democrats. This includes:

The 13th Amendment

The 14th Amendment

The 15 Amendment

The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871

All the Reconstruction Acts

The 1866 Civil Rights Act

The 1875 Civil Rights Act

The 1957 Civil Rights Act

The 1960 Civil Rights Act

The 1964 Civil Rights Act

In fact, had Democrats not overturned the 1875 Civil Rights Act, the incredibly similar 1964 Civil Rights Act might never have been necessary!

straker
straker

RantNRave


It might be better if you could somehow find a way to keep BLACK folks from killing black people since this happens at least a thousand times more than white cops killing black people..



Jazzpman
Jazzpman

@straker Well I have to agree with this comment.  I think in general that has to be as big a fear mongering situation, as anything Republican's could say or do.

I think the black community should be out raged at that as well.

HDB0329
HDB0329

....interesting how Republicans communicate with black voters:


1) Pass legislation to suppress the black vote

2) Ignore the black community by not coming to the community to discuss the issues, i.e., David Perdue coming to Morehouse ONCE

3) Paint a negative face on the black constituency (re: Willie Horton)

4) Support the police when unarmed black people are shot by the police (re: Darren Wilson)

5) Marginalizing the black community - i.e., "welfare queens", "thugs".....when the preponderance of those on government assistance are white.....

6) The "Southern Strategy"

7) Ineffective communication with the black community (re: Rand Paul @ Howard University)

8) Lack of KNOWLEDGE of the black community and its issues (re: Rand Paul again)

9) Historical discriminatory practices of the GOP (re; Nixon, Reagan)

10) Lack of black representation in the Republican National Convention

11) Booing of Colin Powell at the Republican National Convention when he states he supported Affirmative Action


That's effective in showing Republican TRUE COLORS!!


.....


RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@HeadleyLamar @HDB0329 Could be you didn't see those on stage, that is where they were at the GOP convention, they were sitting with the leaders of the party.


At the Dem convention all except Obama were in the audience, keeping to their place.  Haha.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@HDB0329 Lack of black representation in the Republican National Convention


This was always a fav of mine.


Its like my own personal Where is Waldo. In 2016 at the RNC try and find a minority. Every time you see one take a drink. Warning though it might be a short night. 

HDB0329
HDB0329

@RafeHollister ....interesting the the first party with a minority has the head was Ron Brown of the Democratic Party...and the leadership of the DNC has more minorities than the GOP!! During the last Republican Convention, I didn't spot that many.....except Condi Rice (and I WAS looking!) I still remember how Colin Powell got BOOED on the stage at the Republican Convention.....and that picture hasn't changed......

RantNRave
RantNRave

"What I disagree with is the message that "What I disagree with is the message that voting Democratic is the only way to keep white cops from killing black people."."


What most black people disagree with is that Republicans think we are so

ignorant that we would believe that voting Democratic is the only way to keep 

white cops from killing black people.


That is an INSULT to black people.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@RantNRave

I would argue that Obama's reference to "Cousin Pookie" is an insult to black people.

They make such a good pair that the urban dictionary cites Obama's reference to Pookie under the definition of "Pookie n nem": "The proverbial ominous 'hood' characters and or family member that every person with a connection to the ghetto knows."

Pookie, the crackhead? New Jack City?

Now THAT'S insulting.

HDB0329
HDB0329

@RafeHollister @RantNRave ...maybe it's the TRUTH that certain white people will vote against their own interest because the desire to marginalize black voters....(re: Kentucky and the ACA/Kynect)......


If true, it's NO insult........

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@RantNRave Says a hypocrite who is always telling poor white people they are voting against their own interests.  Just dumb white folks, right?  Maybe white folks take that as an INSULT.



DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@FIGMO2 @RantNRave --  That's not what Obama meant.  Darn near EVERY black person has a cousin Pookie and an Uncle Junior or an Aunt MeMe.  In the south darn near every black person has a MaDeeAh (Mother Dear) and a Big Unk (Oldest Uncle is Big Unk); it's NOT defamatory it's just the way it is.



DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@FIGMO2 @RantNRave --  " and or family member ................"


I rest my case.  FYI, the Urban dictionary is a satire site. 

Jazzpman
Jazzpman

Kyle what do you make of Mark Cuban's latest remark that Republican should stop worrying about social issues, and just focus on the economy ?


That being the case then Why would the Republican's care about black folks or anyone for that matter ?  Just MONEY 

 http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mark-cuban-heres-republicans-next-151824930.html?bcmt=comments-postbox


Billionaire investor Mark Cuban has some advice for the Republican Party: Drop the social issues.

"If I was going to give guidance to the Republican Party, ... I'd say, 'Stay completely out of social issues," Cuban said Tuesday morning on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Mr_B
Mr_B

" No, I don't believe so. The message is stated rather plainly."


Kyle the message is "Vote for people who will look out for your interests" In this case, it happens to be the Democratic party. As soon as the Republicans decide that they have something viable to offer those who are not part of the economic elite, those people will start listening. The Democratic party made the transition from a single constituency party years ago. The Republicans could do the same. 

Trefusis
Trefusis

@Mr_B  "the economic elite"?  What?  Most of the economically aggrieved count themselves as Republicans because of their economic grievances.  Don't you see that?  They see economic grievance as entrepreneurial grievance.  What are you speaking of, handouts?  Are you saying that the law had required WorkFare and that Mr. Obama unilaterally vacated that law to return to no effort in exchange for bygone Welfare?  Don't you see how unconstitutional was that single action of his?  It actually was an impeachable offense in its own right.  One of very many.

Robert1959
Robert1959

The biggest mistake the Democrats and the Republicans continues to make is not offering a formal apology to all the American People for their unethical conduct over the past 6 years (hatred, fear and bigotry) both parties are complicit for not putting a stop to it. . Acknowledging you have a problem and asking the American People for help is a step in the right direction. History has shown just how forgiving the American People can be. No Apology - No Democrats - No Republicans 
 
The American People....

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Where was St. Louis county's Democratic Party prior to the incident? Nowhere to be found?

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@FIGMO2  -- Exactly that's why there's a push in Fergusson to vote republican. However, don't get it twisted, if the republican party turns around and does the exact same thing, then the good people of Fergusson will be putting the Dems back in power. 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@DebbieDoRight

At least African-Americans in Ferguson are willing to give Republicans a chance. That's progress.

Mr_B
Mr_B

@DebbieDoRight @FIGMO2 When the needs of the community are ignored by either side, the people running the show can expect to run into trouble eventually.Sooner or later, folks will find out they have the power to change things.

HDB0329
HDB0329

@FIGMO2 @DebbieDoRight Question is this: Will the REPUBLICANS/CONSERVATIVES actually do what is needed to court the black vote and address the issues that are important to that community.....or will the persist in marginalization and suppression...as has been their wont since 1964???

Trefusis
Trefusis

@HDB0329 @FIGMO2 @DebbieDoRight  What on EARTH do you mean, historiograhically, by the Republicans' "courtship" of civil rights?  They had held that very high ground for a century.  It took some seriously dramatic whoring on the part of Democrats to woo it from them over the dead body of a president publicly beheaded in the terrible presence of his First Lady.  Who in hell taught you American History?  You've got it so wrong that it makes me really sad.  It wasn't Republicans who ended it, but Conservatives.  Who do you think were the Conservatives in '63?

Trefusis
Trefusis

@HDB0329 @FIGMO2 @DebbieDoRight  Debbie this really bugs me, but I suspect you and I are closer than you think.  I'd like to chat after the election.  Obviously you and I studied rather oppositely, in that you were taught by idiots ideologically opposite of the idiots who tried to teach me.  I'm Age 54, about half a year older than the incumbent President.  We're all going into a crushingly significant election now and each of us must think for herself.  We in the loyal opposition also do about the best we can do.  Should we lose again please remember that we're not wicked.  Most of us have tried to do what you are doing.  In my case I never was Proggy (which I think is BS for Left-Lib) but I once I was so radical that neither party could figure for years what to do with me because it doesn't fit. 


It's totally cool for you and your compatriots to be whatever, so long as you are cool with it and can just say what it is.  Seriously, that's what we need to happen.  Because, no matter who wins the next election, we then can ask the other what he or she thinks about a thing, and then take that response into account.  If we can't and don't do that then we'll all be in a hell of a pickle.


I despise any candidate who doesn't get this.