With the presidential election right around the corner and most of the pundits saying the race is President Obama's to lose, I have begun to ponder the possibility that Mitt Romney might win and the impact that would have on the Black community.
Romney has been polling around zero percent of the Black vote. We all know that the usual Black liberal groups have sold out to Obama years ago – Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Urban League, etc.
Romney, like George W. Bush in 2000, will owe absolutely nothing to blacks should he win the election. But, unlike Bush, I have no allusions that Romney will surround himself with the number of blacks that Bush did. Romney will feel compelled to make some token hires, but not much beyond that.
This will lead the above-named liberals to complain that Romney is ignoring blacks and not being inclusive. But these same groups have yet to raise their voices to criticize Obama on the same issue. Bush had more blacks in his administration than Obama or Bill Clinton. How's that for a white supposed racist Republican?
So, how can they, credibly, hold Romney to a standard that they refused to hold Obama to?
Let's assume that Romney agrees to meet with these liberals and they make their typical left-wing demands: higher minimum wage, amnesty for illegals, homosexual rights, input on hiring decisions, etc. If the current incarnation of Romney shows up, he will not agree to their demands.
So, how will they respond if Romney says to them, "Why should I do these things when Obama didn't do them for you? Congressman (Emanuel) Cleaver (Congressional Black Caucus chairman), will you promise not to march on the White House during my administration like you did for Obama? Mr. (Benjamin) Jealous (NAACP president and CEO), if I don't address your annual conference, like Obama, will you give me a pass because my schedule is supposedly full? Members of the CBC, if I tell you to stop complaining like Obama did, will you label me a racist, even though you didn't call Obama a racist?"
If the first black president ignores the black community, how can we then make demands on the next white president, regardless of party? This is why having blacks put all their votes in one party is so dangerous. We have absolutely no leverage if Romney wins the White House.
What's amazing about the groups that claim to represent all blacks is they all claim to be non-partisan. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.
On election night, should Romney win, he will say all the right things about wanting to be president for all of America, even those who did not vote for him.
But, in raw political terms, why should Romney engage with these liberals? They don't represent the black mainstream. They have been bought and paid for by the Democratic Party and the likes of George Soros.
To the black community, you must become more politically sophisticated and not continue to allow you and the community to be ignored and taken for granted. To Republicans, get rid of your silly notion of a color-blind society. If you can't see the changing demographics of this country, then you are truly color blind – blind to people of color.
(Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached via www.raynardjackson.com.)