Black Republicans came out in force at the Republican National Committee’s Monday Luncheon event to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with many speaking out that you can’t compare LGBT Rights to Civil Rights:
Former Congressman Allen West
“It’s apples and vegetables,. You’re talking about a race of people, I don’t think you can make that comparison between a race of people and the gay rights movement, if that’s what you want to call it. I think about what my parents had to endure in South Georgia in the ’40s and ’50s… You know, we made some strides when you look at the fact that I was able to run a congressional district that was 92% white and when I was born my parents could not have gone there. Now there are still some things we have to do. When you read that speech, you really understand what we have to do better in the black community.”
North Carolina GOP committeewoman Ada Fisher:
“I think it’s unfortunate that people have diluted the purpose of the march on Washington. I think it’s an unfair comparison. Whenever anybody wants something in this country they compare it the civil rights movement. The fight is giving equal rights and equal opportunity to Americans. The immigration movement is disingenuous, we don’t talk about the impact of illegal immigration coming and displacing minority groups for jobs, nor do we talk about an unfair immigration policy where those people from Haiti are sent home and those people who walk across the border are allowed to stay.”
Bob Woodson, former president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise and non staff member at The Heritage Foundation:
“I didn’t hear poor people mentioned at all very much [on Saturday]. It was the environmentalists, women, gays, and immigrants. Everybody except poor people. The next frontier for me in the civil rights movement, is what are we doing for the least of gods children? Everybody has come in front of them on the bus: gays, immigrants, women, environmentalists. We never hear about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general.
Yes, Woodson, a Republican actually had the nerve to “go there” at a high end catered GOP Luncheon where most if not all in the room are responsible for making conditions worse for low income black Americans and suppressing their voting rights just to be a bigot.
GOP – Supporting LGBT and poor folks since…never.