|James McGovern, GOP candidate |
State Rep. Bloomfield/Windsor
While I am not a self-appointed spokesperson for all black people like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, my own experiences as a member of CT Republican Party are anything but racist. Let’s acknowledge that Republicans across the United States have fielded more Black and Hispanic candidates in 2014 than in any other time in history. I suspect, you wouldn’t know this fact because of lack of coverage by liberal leaning media. I do, because I am also a candidate for CT State Representative (Bloomfield and Windsor) who just happens to be Black.
If, we the people want to be truly honest with ourselves, we would acknowledge there are racists in
both parties, but, there are a lot more of them in the Democratic Party. Can we bear witness that many Black people voted for Barack Obama in 2008, not because of his stellar background but rather because of the color of his skin?
From within the party, I continue to seek solutions to challenges that Democrats are incapable of solving within their ideology. Our inner-city neighborhoods including Hartford, Bridgeport and Hew Haven are becoming the forgotten America. I have had many passionate conversations with Republicans who simply hold a suburban perspective. In this regard, I believe that the people in inner-city communities that ignore Republicans and deny themselves an opportunity for their voices to be heard are at more fault than someone who is not welcomed in that same community. You sometimes get what you ask for.
Often, you can’t win if you don’t play.I applaud the Democratic Party for using the GOP’s belief in a colorblind America against us. Whether it is affirmative action, racial quotas or even amnesty for illegal immigrants, Democrats have no issues
with using racial discrimination to advance their political agenda. I am often reminded of Dr. Martin
Luther King’s speech asking us to focus on the content of one’s character over the color of one’s skin. I am saddened that being colorblind is so elusive for many Democrats.
Racism is part of American history and continues to drive political paranoia. Liberals fear they will be discovered as full-fledged participants while Conservatives fear that it will be used as a tool to hold their core beliefs hostage. As a citizen, I choose freedom over both. I have been granted the gift of being endorsed equally by blacks, whites and everyone in between. At the Republican Convention, I was chosen to give the seconding speech for Joe Visconti and to this day have received nothing but
admiration and respect from people of all walks of life.
Connecticut needs Republican candidates that are not just acceptable to Republicans, but rather a
candidate that Democrats can also get excited about. As a candidate, I will make sure that no matter
who you are, no matter what part of the state you are from, if you work hard, you too can live the
American dream. I encourage Democrats who like to complain about racism, to spend less time talking about the problem and instead support those with solutions. I humbly welcome Democrats of all races to learn more about how Republican values benefits us all equally.