18 February 2016 - 04:15 PM
How the Republicans Have Helped People of Color
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The Republican Party is known for being inclusive and fair, especially for white people!

An old Republican Party logo with the current logo, the elephant, in the middle.

But did you know the party has a long history of helping out people of color in the states it rules?

Just kidding!

IN DEPTH: US Elections 2016

Ahead of a glut of presidential primaries, people should not only take into account individual candidate policies, but also party context and regional state histories.

For people of color, that history in traditional Republican states has been pretty grim.

Republicans Budget Appropriately for Black Communities

A Cook County Sheriff's police car patrols the exterior of the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Jan. 12, 2016.

Like the Republican governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, who in 2015 announced US$11.6 million in cuts to schools and a new US$30 million youth jail. Sounds like the right approach for Black people, who are disproportionately incarcerated. Put those young'uns where they belong.

Republicans Believe in Safe Infrastructure

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, Michigan Jan. 13, 2016.

Like in Flint, Michigan, where the Republican Governor Rick Snyder probably knew he was poisoning the majority of the Black population there a few weeks after his administration switched the water supply to save money. He is due to testify before Congress.

Republicans Believe in Fair Policing

Take the case of a schoolgirl smashed to the floor by an officer in South Carolina (above), the death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell, or the case of Aura Rosser who was stunned and shot by police in Michigan. Then ask yourself, what’s unfair about all that? Those British police trained to defuse violence without weapons? Hippies!

Republicans Are Democratic

KEY: Left map shows states with strict photo ID laws in dark red and states with no ID required in grey. Right map shows states that voted Republican in the last four presidential elections in red and Democrat in dark blue. | Source: Wikimedia Commons / D. Wang, HVJackson

Many Republican-run states upped the requirements to vote after the Supreme Court relaxed voting laws. Republican-run Texas, for example, relieved 500,000 citizens of the effort of voting by passing a voter photo ID law in 2011 that they knew would prevent people going to the polls. Strict voting laws disproportionately disadvantage people for whom English is a second language, as well as immigrants, who tend to vote for the Democrats, but the Republicans probably didn't think of that when they changed the law.

Republicans Care about History

In South Carolina, for example, Republican lawmakers tried to preserve the tradition — which started as an act of resistance against the Civil Rights Movement — of flying the Confederate flag on the statehouse. While Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, supported the withdrawal of the flag from public service, several monuments, street names and statues in the state remain to remind citizens daily of their racially-divided past.

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