The real reason why blacks don’t vote Republican – and how it can change

By KTTH | February 14, 2014

Earlier this week during a ride in a taxi to a TV network for an interview, KTTH host Ben Shapiro experienced a classic misconception about conservatives – something necessary to overcome if Republicans want to quash the Democrats and liberalism finally.

During the cab ride, the driver recognized Shapiro, and asked if he appeared on TV often.

“And I said, sometimes, mostly Fox News,” Shapiro said. “I could see the driver’s eyes in the rear-view mirror, they kind of squint. And he says, ‘Oh, Fox News, those crazy people?’”

The driver was black, so Shapiro continued the conversation, asking if the driver felt that Republicans and conservatives hate him because of his skin color.

“Without hesitation, he said, ‘That’s absolutely right,’” Shapiro said. “I’ve yet to meet anything like a mainstream Republican who hates black people. I’m still waiting to meet that person so I can spit on them.”

It’s unlikely you’ll ever meet a racist Republican, but the misconception exists. And that misconception illustrates one of the main political advantages the Democrats possess – that they have done a lot of work to make people hate Republicans.


Shapiro told that story on Thursday’s show to make a broader point, that Democrats have zero issues to win elections, so they just use lies to turn people against conservatives.

“The Democrats have spent the last 80 to 90 years proclaiming that the real enemy in the world was not the [national security threats], the real enemy was us – the bad, nasty conservatives who hate black people, who hate gay people, who hate women,” Shapiro said.

If there is any racism in Republican Party and its associated wings like the Tea Party, it’s the “bigotry of low expectations,” Shapiro said. That means that Republicans need to get over the idea that simply running a person of color – like Herman Cain or Ben Carson – in an election will win over minorities.

“The way that conservatives begin to win black votes again is by convincing black folks of the truth about the Democratic Party: the Democratic Party has impoverished them, has treated them like garbage,” Shapiro said.

“The reason that for 100 years Republicans got the black vote is twofold. No. 1, the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln, and No. 2 the Democratic Party was the party of the KKK. If the Republican Party wants to unite around moving forward in minority communities, they’re going to have to do better than finding a friendly black face.”

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