While addressing the Impact Symposium* at Vanderbilt University in Nashville this past week, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said he believed every black American should vote Republican in one election to let the political parties know the African-American population wasn’t pledged to one party’s control.
“What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” he said. “Black folks in America are telling one party, “We don’t give a damn about you.” They’re telling the other party, “You’ve got our vote.” Therefore, you have labeled yourself “disenfranchised” because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.”
Smith went on to say that no one in the Republican Party would feel the need to cater to African-American needs if they felt it was impossible to earn black votes, and voting Republican would be akin to “shopping around.”
The black community is not alone in being taken for granted by the Democrat party to which they hold unwavering allegiance, and are therefore given little consideration. Hispanics favor Democrats over Republicans by a roughly 2-to-1 margin, according to this 2013 Gallup poll.
Pew Research Center has also found that 75 percent of Hispanics prefer a “bigger government providing more services,” and only 19 percent prefer a smaller government. Pew also reported that more than half (52 percent) of Asians prefer “bigger government providing more services,” and only 36 percent prefer a smaller government. So it’s no surprise that in 2012, 71 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of Asians voted for Obama.
The New York Times’ Washington bureau chief noted in 2013 that “the two fastest-growing ethnic groups — Latinos and Asian-Americans — are decidedly liberal.” Factor in religion and the dynamic remains the same with Jewish voters supporting the Democrat in presidential elections in far higher numbers than any other religious group. The most politically conservative faith-based group remains the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. Gallup polling here.
What do Black, Asian, Hispanic and Jewish voters all have in common? Stephen A. Smith nailed it in his speech at Vanderbilt —- they have all made themselves politically irrelevant by their bonding to the Dems, who exert no energy to win any of them over since they are considered reliably tucked away in the Democrat’s back pocket.
Members of these groups should heed Stephen A. Smith’s wise counsel. He got it right.
* H/T Video: National Review