Mar. 19, 2015

ESPN Host: Blacks Should Vote Republican

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith is known for making controversial statements. When Smith visited Vanderbilt University Tuesday, he once again made headlines by saying blacks should vote Republican because they misunderstand history. “What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” Smith said. “Because from what I’ve read, and I’m open to correction, but from what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate. He is completely against the civil rights movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it. What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office, but there was a Senate, a Republican Senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk. It was the Democrats who were against civil rights legislation. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.” Instead, Johnson instituted the “Great Society,” which only mired blacks in decades of poverty and violence. If blacks were more open to voting for the GOP, they would not only inject more competition into the political process, they might find their situation improved. More…

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