Republican National Convention

Knocking on Mia Love’s Door and No Answer

Yesterday was day two at the Republican National Convention. After walking around the convention center, the only Black folks I saw were either media or those who work there. I finally found two Black women who very astutely explained to me why they are proud members of the Republican Party. I have to say, some of the points they raised were interesting and down right accurate. Do I think the Republican Party is racists, well yes. But so are a lot of fraternities, sororities, corporate businesses, boutiques, supermarkets, etc. Republicans have their rotten apples as do the Democrats. At the end of the day, what matters to me most is who is going to best represent my interests as a single, Black woman.

Last night at the forum, I was suddenly bombarded by the fact that I am no longer “attractive” as a Black woman. I’m not talking about beauty. I’m talking about the fact that Blacks are no longer the minority of choice. Today it’s all about the Latino vote. It used to be if you had someone Black in your organization, you met your quota. Affirmative Action started with us but Latinos today are truly benefitting it. If you look at the RNC lineup last night, there were at least three Latinos shepherded out to speak on the benefits of being the child of immigrants who worked hard, scraped and saved, built their own businesses and found the American dream. Well, as a first generation American myself, the child of immigrant parents who worked hard, scraped and saved but my parents didn’t have the resources or know how to build their own business and as a result were stuck working for others. Nonetheless, those message resonated with me. What I didn’t like were the negative rhetoric pushed by the RNC participants. The “it’s time to tell that man to move back to Chicago” mindset. I think you can get your message across without attacking your opponent but I never took debate so maybe I’m wrong in saying that.

It was nice to see Ted Crus, Mia Love, Artur Davis and Nikki Haley out on the stage pushing the Republican agenda. But I still don’t feel like I matter to this party. Maybe if Mia Love, one of two Black women Republicans to take the stage at the Convention (the other being Condi Rice) gave me the interview I asked for, I’d have a different opinion. I don’t like it when people who should obviously be talking to me don’t. It’s my reporter ego at work so sue me.

My RNC Experience

Bad weather kept most people either indoors or away from the few RNC events that actually happened today. Every television station in Tampa is either covering tropical storm Isaac or the fact that people can’t do anything around the convention because of Isaac. All I know is the power went out for about 2 hours in my hotel today after I just finished telling someone that the weather wasn’t all that bad and then lightening and thunder proved me wrong.

At the convention center earlier the big reveal was the start of the debt clock–a huge alpha board of numbers that indicates the national debt and the amount that debt had risen from the start of the convention. The whole point is to show how President Obama has recklessly spent tax dollars and continues to do so. I’m sure there are more bells and whistles to come.

Speaking of bells and whistles, tomorrow will be the day that the Republicans try to compensate for time lost. The Mayor of Tampa is expected to speak but I’m looking most forward to hearing Ann Romney. She’s potentially the next First Lady and has tremendous shoes to fill should Michelle Obama be replaced. I recently heard he talk about the time she was so ill with MS that Mitt crawled into bed with her and after over 40 years of marriage, those good old feelings are still there. One things for sure, she has patience. Any woman married to the same man for that long has to have the will of God. I wonder how comfortable she has become living in his shadow? I guess we’re about to find out.