Romney Woos NAACP with Passion and Conviction

Lost in all the chatter about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaking to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was that Romney demonstrated a desire to earn the black vote while President Obama could care less about it. It should be noted by black liberals that Obama didn’t think the oldest black advocacy organization was worthy of him changing his schedule to address the NAACP’s annual convention.

While introducing Romney, Bishop Graves, a member of the NAACP, pointed out it’s customary for presidential candidates to address members of the organization. But the nation’s first black president didn’t have time to waste in his re-election campaign, asking or even pandering to black Americans for their vote, despite the fact over 95% voted for Obama in 2008.

In contrast, Romney began his NAACP speech by telling blacks every vote counts and he knows support must “be asked for and earned.”  In heart felt, humble remarks that lasted a little more than 20 minutes, Romney made the case why black Americans should give him a shot in 2012. As a prior skeptic on the speech, I was impressed.

This was one of the rare instances in this campaign where Romney gave us more than words; he revealed a personality and emotion, things that make a candidate real to voters. Romney not only acknowledged the challenges of the post Civil Rights Movement and the election of President Obama, something the Republican Party has failed to do, though ironically Republicans were responsible for passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

“If someone had told us in the 1950s or 60s that a black citizen would serve as the forty-fourth president, we would have been proud and many would have been surprised,” said Romney. But the most poignant moment was when Romney admitted, “Many barriers remain” for blacks and “old inequities persist.  In some ways, the challenges are even more complicated than before.”

Romney made a smart move in recognizing the ongoing economic and equality disparities plaguing blacks. He then told the crowd why they should vote for him. Without directly linking Obama’s name to the dire straights blacks find themselves in under his failed policies, Romney noted black unemployment rose in June from 13.6% to 14.4% and is almost twice the national average. While blacks represent 17% of public school students, Romney said 42% of blacks are trapped in failing schools.

Romney declared “we need a new plan” and it starts with the promoting the family. Citing a Brookings Institution study, Romney said the probability of being poor is 76% if you don’t finish high school, get a job and wait until 21 to get married. If you do all those things, your chance of becoming poor is just 2%. Romney said he would promote policies that uplift families and support traditional marriage, to which the NAACP crowd applauded. Remember Obama’s support of gay marriage angered many blacks and black pastors, who have threatened to vote against him in November.

With respect to school reform, Romney said as a champion of charter schools and school choice, he is aligned with black Americans on the issue while Obama and Democrats consistently oppose vouchers, charters and choice.  While Governor of Massachusetts, Romney said he worked with black leaders to keep charter schools open after the Democrat legislature voted to close them and highlighted a program he created where the top 25% of high school graduates were offered full four year scholarships to Massachusetts colleges and universities.

Other than getting booed when he talked of repealing Obamacare, which was unnecessarily provocative and he shouldn’t have mentioned it, Romney hit a home run with the NAACP speech. He was at ease, genuine and aggressive in a way I’ve never seen him before. Romney didn’t do anything magical. He simply took the Republican message to black voters and curiously didn’t use the word Republican once. This will go a long way in earning Romney respect from black liberals.

“If you want a president, who will make things better in the black community, you are looking at him,” Romney roared. I think the NAACP crowd thought to themselves, “maybe you’re right, maybe you’re just right.”

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24 Responses to “Romney Woos NAACP with Passion and Conviction”

  1. Blackie says:

    I have no use for today’s Republican Party because they have been hijacked by the racists, Tea Party, bible-thumpers and fascists. I’m not in love with the Democrats by aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaany stretch, but I know that for 50 years, most of the scumbag Dixiecrats like Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond and their ilk went GOP when the Democrats started to endorse my civil rights. Today, you’ve got the likes of Trent Lott (a Klan sympathizer) gone GOP. A moderate Republican I can see, but not 2012’s version of the Reich.

  2. Wanda says:

    Reading the comments that I have read from the black people who are saying negative things about our President causes me to wonder why? Do you really believe that Romney will do better by our people? Do you believe that Romney’s party is not the party of the plantation owners, and if not what is your reasoning for not believing that? So me the proof that Romney has helped you the past 20 years. Show me how Romney’s amassing 200 million + dollars has benefited you as a black person? Show me by his policies where it will benefit me in the next 4 years. I don’t want to hear your comments, but I want to see the proof spelled out so that I can read it, and not you interpreting his policies as others try to do. I don’t want to see it spelled out in front of me. I want you to give me a website where I can go and read it for myself, and see where it will benefit me. All the other rehetoric people are spewing in their comments do not benefit them or me.

  3. “Girl, you are truly brain washed. Im sure the republicans just love you. They probably put in on the stand behind every rally. Speaking of rally’s. Take a look at a Romney rally. Why are all the people there mostly old white men. Take a look at an Obama rally, its as diverse as this country. Thats not by accident. Thats because the democratic party is diverse and cares for all people. Republicans hate Obama for being black, and girl friend trust me, behind your back those “Good Ole Boys” in the republican party are laughing at you. But please stay over there because honestly, we don’t want you back. Stay with your FOX news, conspiracy theory lonin family.” A Real Black Woman

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-826338

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-821403

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC3glyPv-XM

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-826221

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1OhUQC-BIE

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-827743

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-828729

    http://ireport.cnn.com/people/TheTruth53?viewingAsOthers=true

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-806435

    ….With good reason “Real Black Men and Women” do not respect President Barack Obama, Clarence Thomas, Maxine “Kerosene” Waters, other members of the Congressional Black Clueless…AKA….the Congressional Black Caucus, Herb Wesson, etc., etc., ….because they know like I know, these individuals are treasonous, sellouts, disgraceful, inept elected officials, etc.

  4. A Real Black Woman says:

    Girl, you are truly brain washed. Im sure the republicans just love you. They probably put in on the stand behind every rally. Speaking of rally’s. Take a look at a Romney rally. Why are all the people there mostly old white men. Take a look at an Obama rally, its as diverse as this country. Thats not by accident. Thats because the democratic party is diverse and cares for all people. Republicans hate Obama for being black, and girl friend trust me, behind your back those “Good Ole Boys” in the republican party are laughing at you. But please stay over there because honestly, we don’t want you back. Stay with your FOX news, conspiracy theory lonin family.

  5. But seriously, sometimes I think that maybe it would be good for the country in the long run if Romney won the election and the Republicans became the majority in both houses…then they can vote in their bills, repeal “Obamacare”, and balance the budget.

    Then the poor and working blue collar/middle class whites will get a true reality check when these actions come to rip them a new one unlike anything they have ever experienced.
    1. The illusion (that was once a reality) of “White Privilege” will be exposed for what it is.
    2. The reality is that from an economic standpoint, “We are all N-word(s).”

    Then maybe the light of common sense will come on and White people will understand that even though the Democrats and Republicans are different faces on the same coin, the Dems have the tendency to provide a “spoonful of sugar” to help the ‘medicine’ a.k.a. bullcrap go down..even if it isn’t in the most delightful way. What?!!

    ….and flocks of birds flybackwards against a strong tail wind too! President Barack Obama, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, multiple members of the Congressional Black Clueless, etc., etc., don’t give a rat’s @ass about serving and uplifting U.S. born descendants of slavery who live in poverty, the black under class, the working class, or law abiding U.S. born blacks in a general sense……

    BO, the CBC, etc., etc., place more value in serving illegal aliens and his or her anchor babies than in competently upholding his or her oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution, a respective State Constitution, the rule of law to protect the rights of U.S. born descendants of slavery who live in poverty, the black under class, the working class, or law abiding U.S. born blacks in a general sense

    In the event U.S. born blacks, including the so-called university educated continue promoting inept elected officials or other public servants, any political party, organizations, sacrilegious jackleg preachers, blatantly criminal and unethical individuals, etc., etc., that are not conducive to protecting the Constitutional rights of law abiding U.S. born black men, women, and/or his or her siblings to promote economic, political, and social prosperity for law abiding U.S. born decendants of slavery, the future will be very dismal, so much so, that U.S. born blacks will become extinct in the U.S.

    It is not in the best interest of Caucasians, Hispanics, Koreans, Jews, Italians, Russians, Ethiopians, Haitians, Filipinos, etc., etc., newly arrived immigrants and his or her anchor babies, be it legal or illegal, to be the first to step up to the plate to protect the interests, uphold or protect the Constitutional rights of any U.S. born descendant of slavery, which is especially true when “megga” bucks in taxpayer’s dollars are at stake to pay off any “civil claim” resulting from the harm done to any U.S. born descendant of slavery by the atrocities of bad government.

  6. “But seriously, sometimes I think that maybe it would be good for the country in the long run if Romney won the election and the Republicans became the majority in both houses…then they can vote in their bills, repeal “Obamacare”, and balance the budget.

    Then the poor and working blue collar/middle class whites will get a true reality check when these actions come to rip them a new one unlike anything they have ever experienced.
    1. The illusion (that was once a reality) of “White Privilege” will be exposed for what it is.
    2. The reality is that from an economic standpoint, “We are all N-word(s).”

    Then maybe the light of common sense will come on and White people will understand that even though the Democrats and Republicans are different faces on the same coin, the Dems have the tendency to provide a “spoonful of sugar” to help the ‘medicine’ a.k.a. bullcrap go down..even if it isn’t in the most delightful way.

    What?!!” by Dj Excel

    …..and flocks of birds fly backwards against a strong tail wind too!!!!!

    President Barack Obama and multiple members of the Congressianal Black Clueless don’t give a “rat’s @ss” about serving and protecting U.S. born or legal immigrant poor, the working class rank and file U.S. citizens and legal immigrants, and even less as it relates to law abiding U.S. born descendants of slavery.

    Attacking poverty, improving the quality of life of U.S. born or legal immigrant poor, the working class rank and file U.S. citizens and legal immigrants, and especially law abiding U.S. born descendants of slavery, starts with honoring an elected official’s oath office to uphold the U.S. Constitution, the 14th Amendment, the “Bill of Rights”, the “rule of law” to competently represent U.S. citizens, legal immigrants, and most importantly law abiding U.S. born descendants of slavery!

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-821403

    Web Source: Typically Black Elected Leaders Don’t Have a Clue! Law Abiding U.S….!

    ….Unfortunately the very individuals who know the problem and have the courage, conviction, and/or expertise to resolve serious problems in the black community are not the actual individuals who hold political office, practice law, hold a judge or U.S. Supreme court justice position, possess a Harvard law Degree, graduate from a prestigious university, etc., etc.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-769637

    http://www.ceyseau.net/BOClarenceThomas.html

    http://www.ceyseau.net/AClerkJudgmentisUneforceable.html

    More times than not the actual individuals, who are U.S. born and black too, who hold political office, practice law, possess a Harvard law Degree, hold a judge or U.S. Supreme court justice position, graduate from a prestigious university, or other public servant…..

    …………have contempt for his or her oath of office, the U.S. Constitution, a respective State Constitution, and betray law abiding U.S. born black men, women, and/or his or her siblings!

    http://www.ceyseau.net/

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-806435

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-821403

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-814262

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx06qb9rKgk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4-iAtgF13M&feature=related

    In the event U.S. born blacks, including the so-called university educated continue promoting inept elected officials or other public servants, any political party, organizations, sacrilegious jackleg preachers, blatantly criminal and unethical individuals, etc., etc., that are not conducive to protecting the Constitutional rights of law abiding U.S. born black men, women, and/or his or her siblings to promote economic, political, and social prosperity for law abiding U.S. born decendants of slavery, the future will be very dismal, so much so, that U.S. born blacks will become extinct in the U.S.

    It is not in the best interest of Caucasians, Hispanics, Koreans, Jews, Italians, Russians, Ethiopians, Haitians, Filipinos, etc., etc., newly arrived immigrants and his or her anchor babies, be it legal or illegal, to be the first to step up to the plate to protect the interests, uphold or protect the Constitutional rights of any U.S. born descendant of slavery, which is especially true when “megga” bucks in taxpayer’s dollars are at stake to pay off any “civil claim” resulting from the harm done to any U.S. born descendant of slavery by the atrocities of bad government.

  7. Shelton says:

    Why is no one failing to mention that our government works on a “checks and balances” system? Since, when did the President get to make all decisions for the fate of our nation without any contest? Oh yeah, from 2000- 2008, when Bush and our conservative House passed ridiculous policies that drove our economy into the ground. Or did you all miraculously forget that?

    Point the finger at Obama that our horrible economy (which he inherited) is still suffering. These attacks need to be directed at our ridiculous conservative House that cares more about making Obama look bad than actually passing legislation for the good of the people.

  8. Sunni says:

    Rmoney’s supporters are just as dillusional as he is. So let me get this straight….it’s okay to spend trillions on Iraq but not on American citizens…. when Americans want fair, affordable healthcare, they are freeloaders. Really! How about those corporate tax cuts….now that’s “free stuff”. And could he have chosen a more educated response “free stuff”….OBAMA 2012.

  9. Dan says:

    Another great essay, and this is why I have your site on my favorites! Spot-on correct about including the “Obama” in ending it. Next time, he must remove the name from “care” and just call it what it is…another form of enslavement from our kind, wonderful and efficient government.

  10. George Mason says:

    I applaud Romney who, like Daniel, walked into the lion’s den and emerged not only unscathed, but also making believers of some in the crowd.

    We must not be like the Obama camp, assuming all blacks will vote for him. No! Romney must continue to make his case to Black Americans that he will be better for ALL Americans than Obama who simply takes their vote for granted.

    On Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” show today, a number of callers present at yesterday’s NAACP gathering, boldly proclaimed their support for Romney citing their appreciation of the fact he showed up.

    I appreciate your presence on his show, Ms. Wright, and the fervor behind your convictions. Thank you.

  11. ghostriter says:

    The problem here is that conservatives don’t espouse what Romney was talking about. He spoke of economic disparities, but how is that Obama’s fault? Why is no one addressing the fact that black unemployment has always been higher than the average? This didn’t start in 2009. Matter of fact, black unemployment was 12% when Obama took office.

  12. Steve says:

    We have the entire 26 minute speech posted to Common Cents…

    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

  13. Jen says:

    Dearest :Dj Excel says: (“Then the poor and working blue collar/middle class whites will get a true reality check when these actions come to rip them a new one unlike anything they have ever experienced.
    ) And they have benifited the last 4 years, exactly how??? Please expand you racism..

  14. RsbTech says:

    btw , my hats off to this site and the courage of beatiful black women to dare to be conservative in an age of obvious serfdom.

  15. RsbTech says:

    Yea , because white people need to be taught a lesson , of course.
    As usual , this is the retort of a “omg im such a victim” mentality of which most WHITE PEOPLE are truly tired of hearing.
    The fact of the matter is , we , as a people , voted Obama in , and now were going to pay for our stupidity. Obama did exactly what the republicans warned people that he was going to do , and most clear thinking human beings can see that he is poison to our country , wanting desperately for us to be like every other country.
    If we become like france , UK , etcc….. then why would anyone want to come here anymore?

  16. Dj Excel says:

    But seriously, sometimes I think that maybe it would be good for the country in the long run if Romney won the election and the Republicans became the majority in both houses…then they can vote in their bills, repeal “Obamacare”, and balance the budget.

    Then the poor and working blue collar/middle class whites will get a true reality check when these actions come to rip them a new one unlike anything they have ever experienced.
    1. The illusion (that was once a reality) of “White Privilege” will be exposed for what it is.
    2. The reality is that from an economic standpoint, “We are all N-word(s).”

    Then maybe the light of common sense will come on and White people will understand that even though the Democrats and Republicans are different faces on the same coin, the Dems have the tendency to provide a “spoonful of sugar” to help the ‘medicine’ a.k.a. bullcrap go down..even if it isn’t in the most delightful way.

    What?!!

  17. Dj Excel says:

    I think the NAACP crowd thought to themselves, “maybe you’re on crack, maybe you’re just on crack.”

  18. mike says:

    he didn’t come here to speak to African Americans, listening to his speech one can tell he was speaking to his base from afar,he was paternalistic and condescending. He knows knows fully well that the term obamacare was coined to be a derogatory term for the ACA and used it anyway.
    how BobJagendorf can feel that Obama has been a disappointment to African Americans is ludicrous, thanks to ACA millions of African Americans have access to healthcare; and with Black women earning $.60 for every dollar earned by males, the lily ledbetter is extremely beneficial

  19. […] to his guns and was “aggressive and genuine” as blogger Crystal Wright (@GOPBlackChick) wrote in her latest blog. She summarized the speech as such: “This was one of the rare instances in this campaign […]

  20. BobJagendorf says:

    Until the black community stops voting almost exclusively for democrats they will not have the political power they should have. Democrats do not have to expend much energy in order to get the black vote (the reason Obama did not appear at NAACP) and republicans would be wasting their time and money trying to get black votes. Latinos have much more attention from both parties because they are less predictable, they get more money for their communities, more programs to help them. I am a white independent leaning toward republican, I have started several successful businesses and have always hired the best people available, I never cared about race, I cared about results. I hired disadvanted youths every summer to help get them into the business world and they have told me that this changed their lives. I took the profits from my companies, paid income taxes and then put much of that money back into the company to grow, to hire more people. Raising my taxes would have resulted in fewer jobs since that money would have gone to the government. Now I am retired so a tax increase will not affect my business investments but it will stop me from spending money in my community, getting our house painted, buying a new car, eating out as often at our local restaurants, taxes suck money out of our community.
    Sorry for rambling on but I gave money to Obama in 2008 and feel that I have been lied to, I thought he would help unify Americas various groups instead he is driving wedges between these groups. What a shame.

  21. JeanJ Simon says:

    Totally disagree. It is never a waste of time to show respect and that is exactly what Gov. Romney did. Good for him, it was a good speech!

  22. Brendan says:

    I appreciated how Mitt pointed out the hypocrisy of politicians saying they support students receiving a better education while at the same time supporting the biggest group that blocks educational choice, the unions.He made it very clear that he is on the side of students and has a track record of working with minoroties to prove it!

  23. Kartman says:

    He was booed more than once and did not pick up any votes. I admire his courage for going, but as far as the group that was present, it was a waste of his time. It was covered by a lot of the media so maybe some people watching were impressed. I wonder if a picture ID was required to hear Romney.

  24. Lewis Regner says:

    I also watched Mitt’s appearance on Fox this morning but not knowing it was coming up, missed some of it as I was off doing something else when it came on. Reading your piece brought it all together for me and for that, I thank you. What I did see was as you said, plain spoken and not pandering in any way at all. I believe also, this appearance in what by many would be rightly considered the “lion’s den,” was as successful as any could have ever expected it could be, better than most ever though it would be. He did the the right thing by going there and saying what he said and how he said it all,, and did well and good, by doing it…

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