Why Do So Many People Of Color Not Identify With The Republican Party?

July 25, 2016

Not exactly new news that many people of color, and Whites alike, see the Republican Party as the party of White identity. Right, wrong or indifferent, it’s been this way for decades. Doesn’t help when the former Grand Dragon of the Klan professes his newfound motivation to run for office is grounded in the political rhetoric of the current Republican Party Presidential candidate. It also doesn’t help when the cast of interns on the Hill in Speaker Ryan’s selfie lack any measure of U.S. ethnic representation.




At the end of the day, how inclusive and reflective of America either party chooses to be is just that-their choice. It’s up to voters to decide which party they believe represents them.

I coach and counsel organizations all the time about remaining relevant in an environment of rapidly changing demographics. It’s forecasted that within the next 25 years or so, the majority of the U.S. population will identify as non-White. Some people refuse to believe that stat; some people get pissed off when they hear that and some are downright petrified at the thought of becoming a minority. Not sure why, because we’re constantly told we need to stop whining about it, so it must not be a bad thing, right? One guy even told me in an online comment, that he couldn’t believe my company would allow me to talk like that. Like what, quoting Census forecasts?

For me, it’s not about “please cater to me as a Black person,” it’s strictly about one’s choice to remain relevant or not. Ball’s in your court.