Shelby Steele, a noted sociologist once wrote, "Politically, black America is almost socialistic. There's a feeling that the government is the vehicle that's going to lift us to equality, and without government, we'll never make it. Black America has suffered from this delusion since the 1960's. It's gotten to a point where we've now made affiliation with the democratic party an aspect of the Black American identity. No matter who the democratic nominee is, they get 90% of the Black vote in every single election. If you are black and not a democrat, it's said that you're not authentically black - the civil rights leadership enforces that. So you have this disjuncture in black life: we're culturally conservative, but politically, we are far, far left." (Source - "Live " with Shelly Steele," April 2006, www.taemag.com/issues/articleID.19044/article_detail.asp.)
Did You Know That:
Fact: The Texas Republican Party was founded on July 4, 1867 - by black folks (Source - "African Americans in Texas Politics," www.texasgop.org).
Fact: More Republican legislators voted for the passage of the 1964 Civil Right Act than Democrats - (R) 80% to (D)64% (Source - "Civil Rights act of 1964," Wikipedia, www.en.wikipedia.org)
Fact: Republicans support education vouchers so parents can choose school for their children and not the government. Urban blacks overwhelmingly support education vouchers. ( Source -"In Praise of the Other Milton Friedman," Centre Daily Times, November 26, 2006)