Black Republicans raise their profile, focus on character
From the Sacramento Bee: The isolation of being African-American and Republican rang clear to Sam Bain when he joined a group of about 100 other sign-waving protesters at a 2010 speech by President Barack Obama at Ohio State University.
“I was called a sellout, a racist, and one person even came right up to me and called me a house Negro. And they were black people. I was being attacked for being a black Republican,” he said.
But Bain stood his ground.
“It didn’t faze me,” said the 23-year-old senior at Wright State University in Ohio. “I’m not one to follow the herd. I’m not going to vote for a man just because he is black. I don’t agree with Obama’s policies. I judge a man by his policies and the content of his character, not the color of his skin. That’s what Martin Luther King Jr. would say.”
His is the same mantra touted by black Republicans who have become more vocal in recent years.
One example is the election of Allen West, a Florida Republican and an outspoken member of the tea party, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010.
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