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GOP Mitt Romney’s Shocking Statement About Blacks.

March 30, 2015 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Katie Couric:  “You said if you were to have run this time [for president] it would have been a very different campaign, how so?  How would it be different this time?”

Mitt Romney:  “I would spend a great deal of time taking my message to Hispanic Americans and to other minority groups in this country, African Americans, Asian Americans and describing why it is that conservative principles are best for them and for their families, that’s something I wish I would have spent a lot more time doing…

We would have taken ad dollars as well and responded to some of the attacks that came our way, some of them by the way were below the belt…there were things that were said in some of the ads that came against us in Hispanic media but also in English media that were not accurate and we should have fought back harder against those things, and shut them down and made it loud and clear that those things were wrong….but I will be talking with our nominee MittRomneyAfricanAmericans-2015about the mistakes I made and suggesting things that he or she ought do differently than I did…. but the real thing that I wish I had done differently is make a greater effort at communicating to minority voters in this country the policies that I think are right to help minority families and that’s without question the biggest mistake I made in the campaign.”

The above exchange was taken from an interview Katie Couric, of Yahoo News, recently did with former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  Over the past two years, America has begun to see the Mitt Romney that should have been shown during the 2012 elections.  If the “real” Mitt Romney was shown, he would be president right now.

I was very critical of Romney’s 2012 campaign for president in my columns.  I criticized his campaign for the dearth of Blacks on staff.  The couple of Blacks they finally added to the campaign were totally in over their heads.  They did more damage than good.   They had no authority, power, or connection to the Black community.

Blacks are totally disillusioned with Obama and the Democratic Party.  Blacks are begging the Republican Party to give them a reason to vote Republican in the next election.  Philosophically the Republican Party is in synch with the Black community on issues like family values, traditional marriage, lower taxes, education, and entrepreneurship.

Blacks simply don’t believe the Republican Party want them involved in their party, philosophy notwithstanding.  Republicans are horrible when it comes to messaging toward the Black community.  The biggest shock in Mitt Romney’s interview was that he would have spent money in Black media if he had decided to run again.

To this day, none of the would be Republican presidential candidates have any Blacks on staff, as a consultant, or as an advisor.  They all “talk” diversity, but it is never backed up by their actions.  It’s not enough to go to a Black university, with an all-White staff, and lecture students about Civil Rights.

I have had the privilege of spending some intimate time with Mitt Romney at the Utah home of our good mutual friends Scott & Karen Keller.  Romney is one of the most decent people you will ever meet.  With his recent TV appearances, America is even beginning to see that Romney has a great sense of humor to go along with all of his intellect.

Right before the eyes of the American people Romney is metamorphosing from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.  He is becoming an elder statesman within the party.  Quietly as it’s kept, there are many people from all levels of the party seeking Romney out for his guidance and counsel.

If all those would be Republican presidential candidates are smart, they would heed Mitt Romney’s advice regarding the Black community.  They should hire “real” Blacks for their staff now; not Blacks who want to remain invisible or have disdain for their own community (ala Obama).  They should fully utilize the Black press—there are 205 Black owned newspapers in the U.S.

How can anyone take a Republican seriously about wanting to be president in 2016 when his staff looks like 1916?  I have made a commitment not to vote, give money to, or raise money for any Republican candidate whose staff doesn’t reflect America.

And to Mitt Romney, it’s not too late for you to engage with the Black community.  The Black community is open to the message you have to share, especially regarding entrepreneurship.

The poet George Bernard Shaw once stated, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

So, to Mitt Romney I say, please be “unreasonable” enough to join me in my 25 year battle to make our Republican Party look like America.

Staff Writer; Raynard Jackson

Mr. Jackson is also founder of a political and industrial consultant firm which is based in Washington, DC; Raynard Jackson & Associates.

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11 Responses to “GOP Mitt Romney’s Shocking Statement About Blacks.”
  1. Realman2 says:


    Your just a lousy debater, you generate only imaginary proof and expect thinking people to swallow it. You still will not ” or ” can not answer my question about the racist TEA PARTY!!

  2. CD Smith says:


    I don’t have the ability to convince you of anything.

    There is no amount of “proof” or “information” that could be provided to you because you are trapped by “anger”, “prejudice” and “pride”.

    It will take a spiritual renewal within your soul to recognize the power that is available to you to change and the faith to believe it.

  3. Dennis says:

    I completely understand the frustration that Raynard Jackson says he has had with the Republican party in his 25-year battle to get it to win over Black voters. Although only a small fraction are racist against Blacks, the non-racist majority don’t reach out to them directly either, which is essential to getting them to switch parties. I went to Chicago on an LDS mission, and what I learned is that Blacks have always felt disenfranchised, and as a result, always vote as a group. They have a union mindset.

    The truly shocking thing mentioned in this article is that Romney says that he would spend money in Black media reaching out to them and selling the message of conservatism to them and to other minorities. Raynard Jackson says that no other Republican has ever done this in a presidential election, and he’s right — I haven’t ever seen this done in an overt way. The time has never been better to do this, especially since Blacks are generally very frustrated with Obama feeling that he’s thrown them aside to buy Hispanic votes.

    Here’s what Jackson says: “Blacks are totally disillusioned with Obama and the Democratic Party. Blacks are begging the Republican Party to give them a reason to vote Republican in the next election. Philosophically the Republican Party is in synch with the Black community on issues like family values, traditional marriage, lower taxes, education, and entrepreneurship.”

    Raynard Jackson is a total Mitt Romney fan, and he’s telling other Republicans that unless they do as Mitt Romney would do, he won’t support them. None of them get this yet. None of them are really looking at Blacks, but only worrying about Hispanics, which is why they support amnesty. They think they have to cave and embrace the left in order to appeal to minorities. Just the opposite is true. They need to reach out and tell them how conservatism already aligns with their values on God, country, family, education and the American dream.

    The left preaches communism at it’s heart. Obama’s family and college heroes were all communists, and what part of this should be embraced to win over minorities? None of it! You fight evil with good and educate people about the vast differences between the two. The problem today is that our side isn’t preaching this. They’re too busy caving and believing that they have to adopt the left’s ruinous dogma in order to keep their jobs. We can’t win with RINOs and fence sitters. We have to have champions of our cause, and again, Mitt Romney stands nearly alone as this champion. Raynard Jackson sees this. Too bad so many of our own don’t.

  4. Realman2 says:

    @CD smith

    Your response only proved my point, you could not provide three or even one real issue the GOP has supported that helped fight racism in the last 35 years. All you can do is deflect and change the subject.

    By you thinking the TEA PARTY would be the best friend of black people.

  5. CD Smith says:

    I agree with the previous comment from (M and Hoodgirl). It’s not about parties, it’s about which “worldview” keeps you “free” or makes you dependent on government and eventually a slave.

    Government is a necessary evil that exists because of the condition of human heart. However, government itself is a living organism that must be kept in check because it operated by the same humans. People in power are always tempted to control other people. The Constitution and Bill Of Rights were designed to keep those temptations in check and to promote freedom and independence among the people. However, staying free and independent is not easy because to do requires that you take person responsibility for your actions, protect and love your family, help others in your community and have faith in God.

    When the government comes along and says, “Don’t worry, we will do that for you”, “It’s their fault”, “You deserve…”, “It’s for your own good” its the trap that too many of us have fallen for over and over.

    Here is the formula for success in the black community ( or any other):
    1. Love God.
    2 Cultivate love and protection within your immediate family.
    3. Don’t bring a child into this world unless you are married. When a man is married to his child’s mother, that gives the mother a sense of honor in the eyes of her children. Strong relationships between men and women are the cornerstone of our society.
    3. Love others. Recognize everyone’s humanity
    4. Judge people according to content of their character not their skin color.
    5. Strive to be the best in all that you do.
    6. Manage your money well.

  6. M says:

    Sadly, lots of us knew he was a great candidate, but the media and other politicians demonized him. It’s time for Americans to help each other and ignore what the media and politicians are saying about each other. We need to help each other and listen to each other without name calling. We need to see what a candidate has done, voted for and what they believe is best for America. We need to find a candidate that stands for the Constitution and doesn’t believe in changing it or that it is a living document. I pray Americans, regardless of color, band together and really vest a candidate before they listen to the media. It would be nice if we just tuned out the media and realize the media just wants to divide us as a people based on our religious beliefs, the color of our skin, and the amount of money in our bank accounts. It’s time to ditch all of these parties R and D’s and just stand together as Americans. If not, we may very well wake up and find America, the one we love, where freedom was taken for granted is no more.

  7. hoodgirl says:

    Romney’s a class act and can’t help it if people are so used to being spoon fed with no ability to think independently. The first thing Obama did as POTUS was to strike down the DC school voucher program that allowed minority children to attend private schools in a safe learning environment just as Obama’s own children were privy to.

    Thank goodness the Reuplicans reinstated the DC school voucher program for funding.

  8. CD Smith says:

    To Realman2:
    If you believe that way, that means you must “ignore” the history of slavery and Jim Crow of the Democrat Party. They enforced and protected those systems of control against black people. Do you ignore that history?

    Provide examples of how “White, Liberal, Democrats have help to uplift the black community because:

    1. It’s 2015 and you all are still complaining.
    2. Look it up for yourself, liberal Democrats have been in charge of every major US city where black people are in dominate numbers for the last 40 years. How is that working out for you?
    3. Republicans have “no” voice or influence in the black community so why are you still loyal to the Democrats?
    4. How is it that Asian’s have no prominent political leaders in the US but have our mothers and sisters giving them money everyday for hair care products, to get their nails done and chicken fried rice?
    5. It was the Democrat Party that was lynching, raping our women and enslaving blacks and gave us Jim Crow. Most blacks today are still enslaved to them today.
    6. By the way, the defender of the black community, Obama, is going to crush the voting power of the black community once he gets enough Mexican’s to vote Democrat. Once that happens, the black vote will be “meaningless”. Maybe then you will wake up..

    1. The 1964 Republican Senate voted “overwhelmingly” for Civil Rights Act that “protected” your right as a black person to vote and from being discriminated using public accomodations and jobs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964

    2. Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King Jr. birthday into law.
    3. George H. Bush appointed Colin Powell Chief Of Staff over all military branches. Clarence Thomas appointed to the Supreme Court
    4. George W. Bush appointed Condolezza Rice and Colin Powell Secretary Of State.

  9. Realman2 says:


    I crack up when I hear white people use that lame old story about the Republicans helping black people. Notice how 90% of all of your examples are 100 years old or more. I’m not a loyal Democrat but these pathetic examples gotta go. I like you to name 3 ideas, if you can, that the GOP championed that helped blacks in gaining equality and fighting racism in the last 30 years.

  10. jared says:

    Truth be told, the republican party has helped the black community more than the democrat party did.

    – The republicans founded the Anti-slave party and fought to free blacks from slavery
    – Lincoln, a republican, along with a republican congress signed the emancipation proclamation
    – the republicans passed the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments granting blacks, freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote. NO DEMOCRATS in the house or senate even voted ‘yes’ to the 14th amendment.
    – the republicans were the founding fathers of the NAACP
    – the republicans passed the greatest amkounts of the civil rights acts in the 50’s & 60’s
    – Truth is that it was the Dem’s that were part of the klu klux klan
    – JFK called blacks neanderthals

    How would democrats even garnish 50% of the black vote let alone 93% with their history?

  11. CD Smith says:

    I guess means that if you were living in Atlanta, Georgia you would not be participating in voting local government election because blacks are the majority in the administrations here…Their staff barely, if at all reflect “America” as you state. You are just promoting another version of the “skin” game.

    Though I understand the “spirit” of what you are saying, it is flawed on some levels and narrow minded. We want the “best” and most qualified people running things.

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