Hopeful Signs for Republicans
Despite all the infighting going on within my Republican Party, I am seeing reason for great hope as we go forward, especially with regards to the minority community.
Many minority Republicans have become extremely frustrated with the constant lip service coming from party leaders over the years; they say, “we’ve heard all this before.” They are absolutely right; it has been said all before.
So, what makes me so optimistic now? Two people. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Congressman Eric Cantor, [R-Va.] Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Priebus has been recently reelected to another two-year term as chairman of the RNC. Some question why he was reelected coming off of a string of losses during the presidential race last year; I will leave that question for the voting members of the RNC.
Like Mordecai said to Ester in the Bible, “could it be that you were born for such a time like this?” The entire verse in Ester 4:14 is: “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
As a result of Ester challenging some of the king’s policies, she saved the Jews from total destruction. In a similar manner, I have seen Priebus challenge those in the party that don’t see the value in engaging with the minority community, especially the Black community.
Two weeks ago, I worked with Priebus to put together a luncheon to honor Black Republican trailblazers. We had a standing room only crowd. We paid homage to Civil Rights legend and former Secretary of Transportation, William T. Coleman and to Robert J. Brown, adviser to former president Richard Nixon.