Raynard Jackson Op-Ed: Cartoonish College Republicans

The political consultant and moderate Republican in Washington, D.C. opines about the College Republicans’ lack of racial diversity: “When I read the recently released report by The College Republican National Committee, titled, ‘Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation,’ I immediately thought of two cartoons: the Flintstones and the Jetsons. The Flintstones was an animated, prime-time TV show that debuted in 1960. It was a cartoon about a working class family in the Stone Age. The Jetsons was a cartoon that debuted in 1962. The show was about a futuristic family who lived 100 years in the future (2062). While the Flintstones lived in a world with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons lived in a world of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, and holograms. What was interesting about both cartoons was that there were no Blacks in either — so, we were not part of the past (Flintstones) and we were not part of the future (Jetsons). As it was with the Flintstones and the Jetsons, so is it with the College Republicans: no Blacks anywhere to be found. How can you talk about the future of a major party organization and not say a word about the Black community?”

Mr. Jackson continues his commentary about the College Republicans: “Did they talk to any Blacks in any of those focus groups? Were there any Blacks included in the polls? There is nothing in their report to indicate that they received input from any Blacks. I have yet to hear one mention of the Black community from the people involved in putting this report together. The CRNC and Kristen Soltis Anderson of the Winston Group (who organized the focus groups and did the polling) have been all over the media high-fiving themselves, but never even mentioned the Black vote. The largest voting bloc for Obama was the Black community and no one talks to them? Wow!”

More: “So, CRNC, let me make sure I understand. You criticize the direction of the national party, but yet you are doing the same thing you have accused the national party of doing — having no diversity, insensitive rhetoric, and no messaging that appeals to those outside the party or your group. H-e-l-l-o. Can I introduce you to my friend pot calling the kettle black? Can someone please tell me how the CRNC, in the 21st century, can continue to be a lily-White organization and expect to be relevant? Did the CRNC really need to spend all this time, energy, and money to state the obvious — that they have the same problem as the Republican National Committee (RNC)?”