Raynard Jackson: 'Shaking Down' The Republican Tree
I am a Christian, an unapologetic conservative, and I am a strict Constructionist, (i.e., I believe in a close and narrow reading and interpretation of the Constitution). If the aforementioned qualities most closely identify me with the Republican Party so be it; I am still first and foremost a Christian and a strict constructionist conservative.
You will notice that I didn’t describe myself as a color nor did I describe myself as a member of a race-based group, nor did I insist on a special seat at “the table” because of my skin color.
Which brings me to Raynard Jackson of Raynard Jackson and Associates LLC internationally recognized political consulting, government affairs, and PR firm based in Washington, DC.
In an August 31, 2015 published column titled “The Illusion of Inclusion in the Republican Party,” Jackson opines what he views as a “total lack of engagement with the black community” by the Republican Party. He attacks the Republican Party (to which he presumably also belongs) as ignoring black people who “are begging Republicans to give them a reason to vote for them.”
Jackson believes the Republican Party “has failed to even acknowledge the existence of the black community.” His rhetoric is the equivalent of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson when they are trying to shakedown a company.
This brings me to my opinion of that’s what Jackson deserves for reducing himself to a color. The following may seem to be harsh language, but it is truth and it needs to be said. Jackson, despite all of the photos of him with politicians, athletes, television personalities, etc., which anyone who has made the right size donation also has, is upset because he wants to be a “color-player” and it’s not happening.
The “color-player” game goes like this. A person of a particular ethnic persuasion, usually a black person, is given a bundle of money under the guise that they can corral and deliver a considerable number of votes from that ethnic grouping. Tangential to that, said individual also in theory and perhaps in reality, controls that block of votes. The person controlling that block of votes is a de facto power broker in the “color-player” league, if you will, because they can make ethnic candidates believe they have the means to secure them campaign support.
Now Jackson is outraged that the money spent attending banquets, campaign events, and making donations, hasn’t paid off as he envisioned. Borrowing from Dr. Martin Luther King’s comment, that in America, “the church is still the most segregated major institution in America.” Jackson says: “the most segregated major institution in America is the Republican Party. Republicans often confuse diversity and inclusion with having a black on staff.” He continues: “Blacks are nowhere to be found when policies and direction of the party or a presidential campaign is concerned.”
Interesting he would feel that way; as a self-proclaimed Republican, Jackson should admit that the very fact Republicans had blacks on staff and in key power positions under Presidents Reagan, G.W.H. Bush, and G.W. Bush is far more inclusive than blacks under the Obama administration, but I digress albeit sarcasm is intended.
Jackson represents the mindset that I find deplorable. His complaint is that blacks running as Republicans cannot get the funding, support, blah-blah they believe is needed to make a successful run. I ask you, is that any different than Pat Tommey not getting support when he was challenging the late Arlen Specter? Is that any different than Christine O’Donnell, and dozens of Tea Party candidates who did not get support from the GOP/RNC? Is that any different than Mitch McConnell threatening to blacklist any fundraising company that raised campaign money for Tea Party candidates and then blacklisting the Jamestown Group to prove the point?
Contrary to Jackson’s viewpoint the estrangement and exogamy between blacks and Republicans is well known and it has to do with blacks’ contempt for all things Republican. If Jackson’s mnemonic engine were firing on all cylinders he would acknowledge same.
That notwithstanding, what I find most reprehensible pursuant to Jackson’s argument is the idea that skin color trumps reality.
Neither blacks nor anyone else for that manner deserve special dispensation based on skin color. Was the color of their skin a factor when the Karl Rove – Reince Priebus establishment cartel saw to it that Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle, and Meg Whitman didn’t win?
It is time to end race-based assignations and the prostitution of skin color. It is time for people like Jackson to stop being colors and be Americans. Being an American takes away the “it’s because I’m black” argument.
It is also time to confront those like Jackson who were themselves smart enough to find a way to succeed but believe other blacks are not smart enough to understand a clear straightforward message that doesn’t include hyphenations, race-based grievances, victimology, and “because I’m black,” ad nauseum.
As for Republicans, the Party has lost it way and vision under the Erebusic influence of Karl Rove and Reince Priebus. It is no longer the Party of Reagan and it darn sure isn’t the Party of Lincoln pursuant to values and statesmanship.
With that thought in mind, I say why would anyone want to be part of pit of elapidae vipers like them? It is time to extricate the Party from Rove-Priebus and their cabal of establishment henchmen. Barring that it is time to seriously consider a third party with enough support to force the Republican Party out of business or at least into remission.
I condemn the Democrat Party with all of my being, and at this point I see little if any difference between Republicans and them.
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About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here