The art of Kevin Blythe Sampson

THE ART OF
KEVIN BLYTHE SAMPSON

4/23/10

Confused Steele can't keep down conservative Kool-Aid

conservative Kool-Aid

Confused Steele can't keep down conservative Kool-Aid

Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks at the National Action Network Convention Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Chicago Sun Times has reported that during a speech this past Tuesday at DePaul University, RNC Chairman Michael Steele was asked, "Why should an African-American vote Republican?" to which he responded "You really don't have a reason to, to be honest -- we haven't done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True, ..."

This has caused some to question Chairman Steele's allegiances. Is he leaving the RNC? Is he playing the "race card?" Fear not. Nothing has changed. It's just the RNC Chairman viewing the politics of African-Americans and other ethnic groups as devoid of substance, myopic, shallow, and emotional; when in fact, their politics are policy focused and born out of a people's historical experience.

Chairman Steele is absolutely correct when he said "we have