|Deneen Borelli of FreedomWorks|
The article continues: "'Obviously, Deneen is black and I'm white,' Kibbe explained. The conservative activist and thinker added that he sees issues of economic policy and economic freedom as relevant to everyone, including African-Americans who have been disproportionately affected by the struggling economy in recent years. 'Our theme is that freedom is a black and white issue,' Kibbe told CNN. During the tour, discussion will focus on jobs and the economy, education policy and school choice, and energy policy including the Obama administration's push for green energy, Kibbe said."
Some statistics which may shed light on why this initiative is taking place: "Winning African-Americans over to the conservative grassroots movement that has been a foil to President Obama almost since his first day in office will not be an easy task. A compilation of recent CNN/ORC International polling indicates that 95% of African-Americans support the president while just 3% support GOP challenger Mitt Romney. The same polling indicates that 67% of African-Americans identify as Democrats, 29% as independents, and just 5% as Republicans and 25% of blacks describe their political philosophy as liberal, 38% as moderate, and 32% as conservative."
Booker Rising response: No way are 32% of African-Americans politically conservative. Granted, there is still some stigma attached to the word "liberal". However, the true liberal percentage in Black America is at least 50%. Other polls have shown that 20%-22% of African-Americans support a smaller government providing fewer social services. That is one way of more accurately gauging political bent, by having folks commit to a policy position that's associated with political conservatism. What would be interesting is a study that took policy positions from Republican Party platform, and gauged (1) what percentage of black voters concur with each platform plank and (2) the overall party platform. Actually, why aren't the GOP and conservative think tanks doing such studies (since we know that the liberal-biased, black-oriented Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies think tank won't do such a study)? Even better, how does Ghana (which only has about 2/3 as many black folks as does the U.S.) have two black center-right think tanks and America has none? The black center-right has got to take things up a few notches.